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  • An expert’s guide: where to stay in Dubrovnik

    An expert’s guide: where to stay in Dubrovnik

    May 9th, 2019Jonathan Bousfield
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    One of the most perfectly preserved walled towns in Europe, Dubrovnik is Croatia’s single biggest single tourist destination, and it’s not difficult to see why. An essentially medieval town reshaped by Baroque planners after the earthquake of 1667, it seems to have been suspended in time ever since. Where to stay in Dubrovnik In recent…

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  • 7 reasons why Poland should be on your radar

    7 reasons why Poland should be on your radar

    July 24th, 2018Jonathan Bousfield
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    Few countries in Europe have changed as much as Poland over the last twenty years. Most of its cities have undergone a process of reinvention, opening ambitious new museums, brushing up their heritage with frenzied renovation, and encouraging nightlife to spill out onto parks and riverbanks. Outside the urban areas there’s a renewed focus on…

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  • An expert’s guide: the best places to stay in Warsaw

    An expert’s guide: the best places to stay in Warsaw

    July 19th, 2018Jonathan Bousfield
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    No longer the grey city of Eastern European stereotype, the Polish capital Warsaw is a forward-looking, ebullient and multi-layered kind of place, where gleaming corporate skyscrapers rub up against time-capsule neighbourhoods that have remained unchanged for decades. Above all, it’s an increasingly engaging summertime city, thanks to its riverside bars, expansive parks, strollable urban spaces……

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  • The 10 best Baltic beach resorts

    The 10 best Baltic beach resorts

    March 16th, 2018Jonathan Bousfield
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    European beach holidays haven’t always been just about the Mediterranean. A century ago, the resorts along the Baltic Sea were just as likely to attract the Emperors, Duchesses and celebrities of the day as anywhere on the French Riviera. Indeed an awful lot of Europeans still spend their summers on Baltic shores. As well as…

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  • Lost towns: 10 abandoned cities in Europe

    Lost towns: 10 abandoned cities in Europe

    August 4th, 2017Jonathan Bousfield
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    While great centres of civilization such as Athens, Rome and Istanbul still endure, there’s nothing quite like the melancholy grandeur of an abandoned city to really fire the historical imagination. From Salona to Pompeii, here are ten of the most evocative: 1. Pompeii, Italy The most symbolic of ancient cities because of the cataclysmic nature of its…

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  • Why you should travel around Poland by train

    Why you should travel around Poland by train

    June 19th, 2017Jonathan Bousfield
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    Polish cities are undergoing a renaissance of sorts. Thanks to a combination of urban renovation, bold contemporary architecture and blossoming nightlife, there’s never been a better time to travel around Poland. And never a better time to travel by train. Here’s why: 1. You can cover more ground Poland’s cities all have very different personalities,…

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  • Back to nature: 8 of the wildest places in Europe

    Back to nature: 8 of the wildest places in Europe

    April 5th, 2017Jonathan Bousfield
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    Europe is often seen as an over-populated, over-travelled continent. But it can still serve up huge helpings of mind-blowing natural beauty – and the peace and quiet with which to contemplate it at leisure. To prove it, we’ve listed eight of Europe’s wildest, most exhilaratingly and away-from-it-all spots – and the best ways to explore them.…

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  • Inspirational cities: 8 top places to get creative

    Inspirational cities: 8 top places to get creative

    March 28th, 2017Jonathan Bousfield
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    Unsure where you’re going with your creative projects? Suffering from writer’s block? Travel is a wonderful way of picking up new ideas – but where do you go to kick-start your creative imagination? Unless you already have a germ of an idea – and you know what to do with it – escaping to a country…

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  • A first-timer’s guide to Central and Eastern Europe: 10 places to visit

    A first-timer’s guide to Central and Eastern Europe: 10 places to visit

    December 12th, 2016Jonathan Bousfield
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    Central and Eastern Europe are among the culturally diverse parts of the world, preserving a plethora of deep-rooted traditions. What’s more, large tracts of the area remain off the mass-tourism radar, ensuring that there is still a great deal to explore. The following ten suggestions will ensure you get the best out of this huge, compelling…

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  • Vukovar: inland Croatia’s laidback escape

    Vukovar: inland Croatia’s laidback escape

    December 6th, 2016Jonathan Bousfield
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    The fastest-emerging tourist destination in inland Croatia is not one you might expect. Twenty five years ago, the pretty Danube-hugging town of Vukovar was almost razed to the ground in one of the ugliest sieges of recent European history. Falling to Serbian forces on November 18, 1991, Vukovar remained under occupation until 1998. In the…

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  • The surprising history of sex in Central Europe

    The surprising history of sex in Central Europe

    November 30th, 2016Jonathan Bousfield
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    So what is it that draws us to Vienna? The waltzes? The white horses? The cakes? Let’s be honest, it’s the sex. Sex, that is, in the best possible taste: Gustav Klimt’s sensuous portraits, Egon Schiele’s edgy nudes, or the decidedly pervy paintings of Oskar Kokoschka; all with the good Viennese doctor Sigmund Freud offering…

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  • 10 great winter destinations in Central and Eastern Europe

    10 great winter destinations in Central and Eastern Europe

    November 28th, 2016Jonathan Bousfield
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    If you can look past the plummeting temperatures and long dark nights, winter is a hugely rewarding season in which to visit Central and Eastern Europe. Frozen rivers, frosty branches and (if you’re lucky) cobalt skies are only part of the story. City life is at its most vivacious at this time of year, spa tourism…

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