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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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  • 6 reasons Wroclaw is Poland’s best weekend break

    6 reasons Wroclaw is Poland’s best weekend break

    October 31st, 2016Jonathan Bousfield
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    Poland has changed more than almost any other European country in the last ten years and Wrocław (pronounced “vrots-waff”) is one of its most transformed cities, a go-ahead place with a huge student population and a burgeoning arts scene. As a place to visit, Wrocław brings together pretty much everything that’s good about contemporary Poland:…

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  • Island-hopping in Croatia: a practical guide

    Island-hopping in Croatia: a practical guide

    April 4th, 2016Jonathan Bousfield
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    With its mountainous coastal backdrop, scattering of tawny islands and giddyingly translucent waters, the Croatian Adriatic offers one of the most compelling seascapes in Europe. Indeed it’s something of an island-hopper’s paradise, with a veritable shoal of ferries providing the opportunity to stride up the gangplank, sprawl on the sun deck and soak up the…

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  • Discover Zagreb, Croatia’s capital of cool

    Discover Zagreb, Croatia’s capital of cool

    April 16th, 2015Jonathan Bousfield
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    The Croatian capital Zagreb has enjoyed the dubious honour of being underestimated twice over. Cold-shouldered by Croatia-bound travellers because it’s a landlocked city without a beach, it has also been ignored by city-breakers bound for Prague, Kraków or Budapest. One consequences of this relative neglect is that Zagreb is one of the few European capitals…

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  • 10 reasons to visit Plovdiv, Bulgaria

    10 reasons to visit Plovdiv, Bulgaria

    February 9th, 2015Jonathan Bousfield
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    Billed as the oldest continually inhabited city in Europe, Bulgaria’s second city of Plovdiv is also one of the continent’s brightest upcoming stars. As well as offering archeological treasures by the barrow-load, it is one of the most culturally vibrant places in southeastern Europe, with enough cultural festivals, arty neighbourhoods and cool bars to keep…

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