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History, art, culture, food, wine and more!

Bastille Day - France

In France, this is a holiday celebrating the storming of the Bastille, a military fortress and prison, on July 14, 1789, in a violent uprising that helped usher in the French Revolution.

Tulip season in Holland

Part of Holland is transformed into a vast sea of flowers from mid March to mid May. It starts with crocus season in March, which is followed by daffodils and hyacinths. Finally the tulips show their gorgeous colours from mid April through to mid May.

Explore the Medieval Town of Assisi

Assisi is a lovely medieval town in Umbria, the green heart of Italy. This picturesque pilgrimage destination is part of UNESCO world heritage since 2000.  The town is beautifully situated on a fertile hill brightened up by olive groves and cypress trees.

Experience Europe in any Season.

The simple answer, whenever you want!

Europe provides a lot of versatility in travel experiences and the different seasons offers unique appeal, especially if you approach them with the right mindset.

Why German beer is so good.

From malt and monks to Radlers and rivalries, the story of German beer is as rich and wonderful as its selection. Here are some of the reasons why German Beer is so good!

Discovering Slovenian wines

Slovenia is a small country bordering Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia, with a population of around 2.1 million people. Known for its mountains, ski resorts and lakes - the most well known being lake Bled. On Lake Bled, a glacial lake fed by hot springs, the town of Bled contains a church-topped islet and a cliff-side medieval castle.

Discover the beautiful Balkans

The concept of the Balkan peninsula was created by the German geographer August Zeune in 1808, who mistakenly considered the Balkan Mountains to be the dominant mountain system of Southeast Europe spanning from the Adriatic Sea to the Black Sea, when they are encompassed by the Dinaric Alps.

Exploring Brittany on a Houseboat

On a recent trip to Europe I was lucky enough to spend a few days in one of my favourite parts of France, Brittany, where I lived for a year and a half around 20 years ago. If you love being close to water, as I do, then Brittany is an absolute must to visit!

When is a Brie not a

Brie?

One of the great things about the wine industry is the love of good food which accompanies good wines. The cheese business is as fascinating as the wine business and not just in the fact that their products partner together in such delicious fashion.

The Chelsea Flower Show throughout the years

Over the decades the Chelsea Flower Show has enjoyed a history almost as colourful as its famous displays. Our timeline shows the event's peaks and troughs that have shaped the show into what it is today.

The Iron Gates, discover the Danube

Iron Gates Nature Park is a distinct presence on Romania’s map of protected areas. It is the place where the Danube forms its longest and most spectacular gorges. The landscape it creates is one of the most breathtaking in Europe and one of Romania’s top natural attractions.

Is 'Alpine Vineyard' an oxymoron?

Do alpine vineyards exist?

 

Do grape vines really grow in the cold Alpine regions of France, Italy and Switzerland?

We take a look for ourselves...

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