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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... Read more »

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  • 10 great winter destinations in Eastern Europe

    10 great winter destinations in Eastern Europe

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

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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:... Read more »

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  • 10 of the best European city breaks

    10 of the best European city breaks

    December 1st, 2015Emma Gibbs
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    Pin In this article sponsored by Scenic Australia, Emma Gibbs picks 10 of the best city breaks across Europe. Europe is so crammed full of fascinating, vibrant cities that narrowing down the options to an actual decision for a weekend away can be surprisingly tricky. Thankfully, we’ve got a guide to the best European city breaks to... Read more »

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  • These are the world’s most bizarre spa treatments

    These are the world’s most bizarre spa treatments

    March 10th, 2015Anita Isalska
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    If you’re after some rejuvenation on your next break but still fancy a bit of an adventure, there are a whole host of alternative therapies offered around the world. From snail facials to a spot of sauna whipping, you can invigorate your body and soul with a smorgasbord of weird but wonderful wellness treatments. Here... Read more »

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  • Going underground at the wieliczka salt mine, Poland

    Going underground at the wieliczka salt mine, Poland

    May 28th, 2014Helen Ochyra
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    In the depths of southern Poland Helen Ochyra goes underground to try out the claustrophobic work of miners in the Wieliczka salt mine. “Room for one more” I am told as I am gently nudged into an already packed out lift. The doors are pulled across behind me with much scraping of metal and we... Read more »

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  • The world’s best boozy breaks

    The world’s best boozy breaks

    April 22nd, 2014Eleanor Aldridge
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  • Ten central & Eastern European sites to mark the WWI Centenary

    Ten central & Eastern European sites to mark the WWI Centenary

    April 2nd, 2014Jonathan Bousfield
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    Most of us know that World War I started with the assassination of an Austrian Archduke in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo. For the English-speaking world, however, the subsequent history of the conflict largely focuses on the Western Front, Gallipoli and other theatres where British, Commonwealth and American forces saw action. It is often forgotten... Read more »

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  • Ten reasons to explore Poland

    Ten reasons to explore Poland

    February 19th, 2014Jonathan Bousfield
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    Poland has always been the Doctor Who of the European continent, undergoing successive bouts of regeneration in response to the challenges of war, revolution or regime change. For the traveller, many of the old clichés about this country’s grim post-communist cities can be safely thrown out of the window – in fact, there’s hardly a single... Read more »

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  • Hiking in the Tatras, Poland

    Hiking in the Tatras, Poland

    December 2nd, 2013James Smart
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    The country’s traditional attractions – Warsaw’s lively old town and Kraków’s gorgeous squares – are worthwhile stops, but it’s easy to forget that there is another Poland, a genuine wilderness of high (and often snowbound) peaks, populated by lynx and bears. The Tatras Mountains are as beautiful as any national park in Europe, and their... Read more »

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  • Crossing cultural boundaries in Krakow

    Crossing cultural boundaries in Krakow

    November 25th, 2013Jonathan Bousfield
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    Poland’s oldest football team, Cracovia Kraków, serves as a metaphor for the multicultural history of the city. During the interwar years, Cracovia was nicknamed the “Yids” because significant members of Kraków’s Jewish community were on both the terraces and the team sheet. It also happened to be the favourite team of local boy Karol Wojtyła, who would later become... Read more »

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  • The world’s most honest cities

    The world’s most honest cities

    September 27th, 2013Lottie Gross
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    Losing your wallet or purse while travelling is often a painstaking mistake. We keep so much of our lives in there: cash, plastic, drivers’ licence, ID cards. When all of those things go missing together, it can be a costly process to get them back. If you’re prone to losing your wallet, dropping things or... Read more »

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