Nantes … a huge mechanical elephant, a magical carousel and an incontinent spider: the fantastical creations of Les Machines de L’île, found in the French city where Jules Verne was born

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Évora … a ‘cork-ing’ place to visit with its strange stone giants, mysterious water features and beautifully preserved Roman ruins (albeit found in a car park)

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Us Brits love a freebie, especially now that the British Pound has plummeted in value against the Euro since the (shock) result of our EU Referendum earlier this year (2016). To my fellow penny-pinching British travellers who still wish to visit … Continue reading

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Évora … the magnificent church of tiles verses the macabre chapel of bones

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Almost every tourist to the Portuguese city of Évora will have visited the Capela dos Ossos – a small sixteenth century chapel lined from floor to ceiling with the bones of locals past. Few however, will have visited the other public ossuary … Continue reading

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Évora … and the Portuguese Stonehenge

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It takes at least an hour to drive to the stunning Cromlech of the Almendres from Évora, not because it is so far from the Portuguese city – it is actually only fifteen kilometres away – but because the road to … Continue reading

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Évora … medieval bones and prehistoric stones in the beautiful Portuguese region

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Split … Marjan Hill and forest park: the lungs of Split, the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ playground, and the city zoo that appeared to be encouraging some rather odd cross-breeding

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Known as the ‘lungs of Split’, the 178 metre high hill of Marjan just west of Diocletian’s Palace and the Riva, lies next to the Croatian city’s harbour like a pert lady’s breast. The lush forest surrounding the hill covers … Continue reading

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Salzburg … these are a few of my favourite film locations from The Sound of Music

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Ahhh… The Sound of Music. Who can resist throwing their hands up in the air and twirling around with glee whilst belting out “the hills are alive…” etc. etc? Surprisingly, it would seem most people visiting Salzburg where the movie was … Continue reading

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Salzburg … it’s hell trying to keep dry at Hellbrunn Palace

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Reykjavik … trying not to dismiss the Icelandic Phallological Museum (yes, ‘penis museum’) as a load of old balls

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What can one say about the world’s only known museum dedicated to the penis? Well, it’s smaller than I expected it to be. The Icelandic Phallological Museum located in the crotch heart of Reykjavik, is less of a museum, more a ballbag … Continue reading

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Southwest Iceland … Hengill, Thingvellir and getting steamy here: enjoying Iceland’s smoking fumaroles, lava fields and mighty tectonic gorges during a calm winter spell

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During a short trip to Iceland back in December 2015, yes I frequented a bar or two in the capital Reykjavik (although my purse is still recovering from that night), yes I completed the famous Golden Circle tour, and yes … Continue reading

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Reykjavik … Hallgrímskirkja: views, pews and arguably the only place in town worth taking a selfie or two in front of

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A central place of worship is usually a prized tourist attraction in any European capital. In Reykjavik, its central place of worship is arguably its only tourist attraction… but what an attraction it is. The world’s most northerly capital city … Continue reading

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Southwest Iceland … Reykjavik, the Golden Circle and plastic penises

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Lisbon … views for miles and decorative tiles at the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora

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A walk around the hilly narrow streets of Lisbon’s charming Alfama and Graça districts is like having a rigorous eye examination at the opticians: one constantly flickers between long- and short-sightedness as no one can resist staring out at the … Continue reading

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Lisbon … the (holy) spirit of Rio with a smattering of San Francisco found in mainland Europe’s most westerly capital. Cristo Rei and Ponte 25 de Abril

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During my first and admittedly vaguely researched visit to Lisbon back in 2003, I was convinced the sweltering heat was causing me to hallucinate. The sight of what appeared to be Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer and California’s Golden Gate bridge on … Continue reading

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Cabo da Roca … is this the end of Europe as we know it?

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Of all the days for a British pro-European to visit Cabo da Roca, the most westerly point of mainland Europe, Friday 24th July 2016 was probably not the best. Only the day before, 52% of Britain – a small but … Continue reading

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Lisbon … riding ‘Justa’ another form of classic public transport: trams, funiculars and possibly the loveliest lift in the world

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London … paper chains, a magic lantern and two large marrows: some of the stunning installations making up Sculpture in the City London 2016

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It’s July 2016, and with less bankers and traders presently around the financial district of London – hopefully because it’s the Summer holidays and not in response to the recent EU referendum result – the artists have moved in. London’s … Continue reading

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Rimini … grand Roman arches, the ‘miracle’ of the kneeling mule and fountains worth frolicking like Anita Ekberg in: enjoying ‘The Sweet Life’ in Federico Fellini’s hometown

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Thousands of Italians flock to Rimini beach every year for a splash about in the sea, but considering this is also the birth place of fellow Italian film director Federico Fellini, it’s strange that so few are tempted to also … Continue reading

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Bologna … Basilica di San Petronio: the stalwart Christian House of God that appears to celebrate polytheism and doubles as a huge sundial

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Neptune, the Roman God of the Sea has been proudly exposing his buttocks et al. to the people of Bologna for over four hundred years. The Bolognese have never seemed concerned by his presence on top of the city’s Fontana del … Continue reading

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Paris … skipping the crowds and walking through a city of bones underneath the City of Light: the fascinating and rather ornamental Catacombes de Paris (Catacombs of Paris)

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Just a few hundred metres away from Cimetière du Montparnasse, Paris’s second largest cemetery, on a hidden corner of Place Denfert-Rochereau stands a structure that resembles a green Victorian toilet shelter. Contrary to appearances, this is not a public convenience but … Continue reading

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