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6 reasons why Sarajevo is the coolest city in the Balkans
6 reasons why Sarajevo is the coolest city in the Balkans

For many visitors, Sarajevo means two things: the setting for the outbreak of WWI, and, from 1992–95, being subjected to the longest siege in the history of modern warfare. The city’s recent, traumatic history is of course well documented, but what is perhaps less well known is what a warm, welcoming and fabulously cool destination…

The 10 best scenic train rides in Europe
The 10 best scenic train rides in Europe

Easier than a car and more comfortable than a bus – what’s not to like about taking the train through Europe’s most picturesque regions? Sit back and admire spectacular mountains, lakes, rivers and incredible feats of engineering on some of the best scenic train rides in Europe. 1. Bernina Express, Switzerland It’s not often you…

Croatia’s 5 best honeymoon destinations
Croatia’s 5 best honeymoon destinations

With its breathtaking beaches, dramatic sunsets and palm-fringed ports, Croatia has never been short on romance. Transforming these raw materials into the holiday of a lifetime however necessitates meticulous planning, much of which can go to waste if the destination disappoints once you get there. Happily, Croatia is currently emerging as one of Europe’s best…

22 incredible pictures of Corsica
22 incredible pictures of Corsica

Just off the south of France, and closer to the coast of Italy, the small, mountainous island of Corsica lies in wait for the three million tourists that visit its shores each year. Few places in Europe have such varied landscapes, from sweeping white-sand beaches and deep gorges, to towering mountains and otherworldly coastal cliffs. Corsica might…

A day-by-day itinerary for the perfect weekend in Florence
A day-by-day itinerary for the perfect weekend in Florence

If one city could be said to encapsulate the essence of Italy it might well be Florence (Firenze in Italian), the first capital of the united country. The modern Italian language evolved from Tuscan dialect, and Dante’s Divina Commedia was the first great work of Italian literature to be written in the vernacular. But what…

Why Pula should be your next Croatian city break
Why Pula should be your next Croatian city break

So you’ve circled Dubrovnik’s city walls and wandered the ancient alleys of medieval Split? Then the laidback and cosmopolitan city of Pula, home to some of the most impressive Roman ruins outside Italy, should be next on your list. While some Croatian destinations along the glittering Adriatic coast can sag beneath the weight of the…

33 astonishingly beautiful pictures of North Wales
33 astonishingly beautiful pictures of North Wales

Landscape photographer Kris Williams shares his best pictures of North Wales.  North Wales has a fantastic variety of mountains and coastlines. As a landscape and night-scape photographer it offers me everything I want within a short distance, whether its Anglesey surrounded by its stunning coastal views, lighthouses and medieval churches, or the diversity of Snowdonia National…

Where to eat the best pizza in Rome
Where to eat the best pizza in Rome

Naples may be the birthplace of pizza, but the Roman version is just as tasty. A thinner crust than the doughier Neapolitan pizza, and the addition of olive oil in the dough – not used by the purist Neapolitans – make for a crunchier finish. A handful of historic pizzerias are a must on any…

Bournemouth: more than just sun, sea and sand
Bournemouth: more than just sun, sea and sand

Bournemouth’s main draw has always been its long, wide and immaculate yellow sandy beaches. It was once the playground of rich Victorians – Charles Rolls (as in Rolls-Royce) and Edward VII both enjoyed its shores – and has been extremely popular ever since it was founded as a purpose-built resort in the early 1800s. But…

6 of the best road trips in the UK
6 of the best road trips in the UK

There is something about a road trip that creates an endless state of heightened excitement. It comes with a heart-in-mouth, funfair-like thrill. And no matter the destination, a road trip unfolds at the same, ascending rhythm. Back roads are followed (whenever possible), motorway service stations are avoided (at all costs), and the countryside flits by…

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