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Málaga … a touch of Granada’s Alhambra and Seville’s Alcázar without the heaving crowds, and where less is Moor (hawh hawh!)

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It is not surprising that Granada’s Alhambra and Seville’s Alcázar attract thousands of visitors every year. These beautifully restored Moorish palace-fortresses in Spain’s Andalusían region are simply enchanting. Yet, because of their overwhelming popularity, it is almost impossible to capture … Continue reading

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Bath … and why this Jane Austen fan is really not looking forward to the 18th of July 2017

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Unfortunately, I have a rather unique connection with the English novelist Jane Austen. I say “unfortunately” because in a few days time this connection could be far from fortuitous. I’d like to say that this connection is with regard to … Continue reading

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London … a horse, a Hirst and a real life magic money tree! It can only be ‘Sculpture in the City’ 2017

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It’s summertime and Londoners can be certain of two things in the capital during the next few months: rain, and ‘Sculpture in the City’. The free public art exhibition now in its seventh year, has firmly established itself as a fixed … Continue reading

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El Caminito del Rey, Malaga … is this still the most dangerous pathway in the world?

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I can to a degree, understand why people risked their lives, up until recently, to walk across the remains of El Caminito del Rey – a century old concrete pathway that skirts around the stunningly beautiful Los Gaitanes Gorge, sixty … Continue reading

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Bobastro … the stunning one-thousand-year-old Spanish ruins sadly eclipsed by the once most dangerous pathway in the world

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Most people arrive in the Spanish village of El Chorro just to catch the bus out of it and to the start of the once infamous pathway El Caminito del Rey. This is understandable as admittedly, there is little else … Continue reading

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Sintra … palaces and adventures in Wonderland

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I didn’t stumble upon any Cheshire cats during my stay in Sintra last Summer, but if I had I wouldn’t have been remotely surprised. Thirty kilometres west of Lisbon and a few kilometres short of the most westerly point in … Continue reading

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Gibraltar … the controversial British territory that looks more like Seville than Sevenoaks

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Although I am proud to be British, I have been accused recently of not exploring and writing posts about my own country more. This is a very fair comment. I like travelling to unfamiliar places and I have to admit … Continue reading

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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, rises next to the Croatian city’s harbour like a slightly bent knee from a leg in repose (for want … 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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