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Ceuta … a land border between Europe and Africa (yes, really), a mountain peak with an amazing human face and a statue that is often mistaken for something very bad indeed. Curious sights from the Spanish Gibraltar

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Evidently, the British Prime Minister Theresa May had not been reading the newspapers nor consulting the news sources I have been perusing over the past twelve months. The PM and her Government appeared surprised when Gibraltar’s British sovereignty was put … Continue reading

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Bratislava … using sculptures of local charmers, peeping toms and TV presenter Dara O’Briain to give the Slovakian capital some much needed street cred

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Since the break-up of Czechoslovakia in the early 1990s, the Czech Republic has done wonders in turning its beautiful capital Prague into one of the most desirable cities to visit in Europe. In contrast, Slovakia has not been quite as … Continue reading

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Bratislava … a wobbly bridge shaped like a UFO, a church obsessed with the colour blue, and a radio station housed in a huge upside down pyramid: romantic pre-war façades and minimalist communist architecture in post-Soviet Slovakia

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Walking around Bratislava is an exciting architectural lottery: one constantly wonders whether the next corner will reveal another fairytale palace from a bygone age or a modern concrete monstrosity from a recent nightmare era. In this post-Soviet-present-EU period for Bratislava, … Continue reading

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Bratislava … and the Slovakia-Hungary-Austria ‘trojmedzie’ (tripoint): the exact geographical point that looks more like the middle of nowhere

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Landlocked tripoints – the precise geographical point where three country borders meet – are a huge draw to those (like me) who love the novelty of standing in more than one country at the same time. As a result, these … Continue reading

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Vienna … in search of Vienna’s true Third Man and The Third Man’s true Vienna… with help from Harry the Lime

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Whilst in Vienna recently, a tourist guide suggested I paid a visit to the city’s famous Zentralfriedhof – the Central Cemetery. “That is where you will find the true Vienna,” she declared. So, on that recommendation I spent a sunny winter’s … Continue reading

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Europe … Lost in Translation

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A completely random selection of snaps and misinterpretations from my travels. Enjoy x

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Évora … where Christmas is celebrated all year round

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The day after midsummer’s day 2016, I found myself sweltering in forty-five degree heat in the Alentejo capital of Évora. Desperate to get my pale Celtic skin out of the baking sun, I stumbled into the shade of the Igreja de … Continue reading

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Nantes … the French city where one can find Nemo, a giant elephant, the Japanese Versailles and the meaning of life. And what exactly is a Dormanron?

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Having once visited the Sun King’s palace, I know for a fact that Versailles is just outside Paris. Yet, on a trip to the city of Nantes which is over three hundred kilometres south-west of the French capital in the … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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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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