Category Archives for "Europe"

13 Anatolian Adventures – Getting Active in Turkey

In 2011, Turkey attracted over 31 million tourists – a 3 million increase on its figures for 2010, and more than triple the figures a decade ago. What has made this fascinating region so appealing in the last decade? Combined with an increased effort from the government to increase tourism, plus large immigrant populations in […]

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3 Finding the Best Value Spanish Getaways

Especially in tough economic times, one of the key ways in which EU countries can support each other (even if their prime ministers won’t) is through exchange, travel and continued investment in each other. So many of the Spain holidays currently available to tourists from the likes of low cost providers On The Beach are […]

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26 3 Places in Portugal Not to be Missed

Anyone who takes travel or world geography seriously will be able to point to Portugal on a map; many may even have already had the pleasure of visiting. The country’s Algarve region has for many decades been a popular destination for mainly European holidaymakers who are after sun kissed golden sand beaches and holiday resorts […]

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9 Why Visit Slovenia?

Devouring the enticing information presented for my destination, Slovenia, I imagined a delicious skip through gastronomic bliss against a backdrop of romantic scenery; pretty churches, quaint squares and misty mountains… Instead, I got light drizzle served as a starter, a torrential downpour main, followed by a dessert of angry thunderstorms.  Slovenia weather ‘varies’ apparently – […]

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10 Visiting Ireland for the First Time

I can’t deny that this article will be a defiantly British perspective on our neighbours. I can’t help but have a somewhat glorified and close to romantic view of Ireland, like some time-warped Victorian.  I arrived with the realist notion that it wouldn’t be true but also with the optimistic hope that it would be. […]

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9 A Weekend in Carcassonne, France

The drive into  Toulouse began our weekend break in Carcassonne (Southern France) for Liza’s birthday.  It took only about two hours from Andorra and because of the special occasion we stayed at a nice hotel just outside the ancient Cité walls. Our approach passed rolling vineyards until we were met by an awe-inspiring first look […]

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10 Highlights of Istanbul, Turkey

It’s impossible to describe Istanbul without resorting to clichés. The term ‘east-meets-west’ is over-used, as is ‘ancient-meets-modern’, but as hackneyed as these expressions may be, they’re no less true. Gracefully straddling the border between Europe and Asia, Istanbul is an eclectic, polyglot cocktail of cultures, fusing together the most vibrant aspects of the languages, cuisines […]

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16 Where is Bulgaria? Where Past Meets Present

For many travellers Bulgaria hardly even exists on the tourist map and I was no exception. Being an intrepid and restless adventurer, I still decided to take the plunge, find where Bulgaria is  (Eastern Europe by the way), and delve into this largely unknown world. One of the first things I noticed upon my arrival […]

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9 The Camino to Galicia– Dark Horse of Spain

The first thing that probably springs to mind when you hear about Galicia (northern Spain) is the Camino de Santiago or St. James’ Way, one of the world’s most popular and well-trodden pilgrimage routes which terminates in the region’s capital city Santiago de Compostela. Unsurprisingly, the final destination of the pilgrimage is also the heart […]

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