Apart from music, what does the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Maria von Trapp have in common? They all have a connection with the Austrian city of Salzburg. Mozart was born there and Von Trapp was a novice nun at the convent. Salzburg literally translates as Salt Castle. There is a large castle perched high
This year, Plácido Domingo will be the star of the Verona Opera. The Arena of Verona will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of his debut here. During this event, Domingo will perform in La Traviata and will conduct the orchestra, chorus and cast of Aida. It’s 106 years since a famous local tenor, Giovanni Zenatello, sang
From Madrid to Barcelona, Dan Brown’s Origin details some stunning travel destinations, ideal for readers and travel lovers alike…
Cycling is becoming a far more popular and affordable way to travel, especially in European cities. City planners are realising the benefits of this environmentally friendly mode of transport and are providing cycle-paths, plenty of cycle-parking facilities, bike hire and bike-friendly public transport. Here are some of Europe’s best cities to explore on two wheels.
One of the most exciting things about travelling is sampling the food of different cultures and regions. With mainland Europe on our doorstep, there’s a huge variety of cultural cuisines ready to taste. To whet your appetite for culinary exploration, here’s five of my top foodie destinations in Europe: Lyon, France If Paris is the
I have skied in many resorts throughout Europe, but the Italian Dolomites in Trentino, a region of Italy, draws me back time and again. The Italian Dolomites offers spectacular scenery of sure snow and sunny slopes and with flavoursome food to match, it remains a firm favourite of mine for many reasons. Here are just
Spring is a great time of year to explore the best that gardens have to offer in Europe. Perhaps it’s the early flowering plants beginning to show their nascent green shoots that urge me to visit gardens, both at home and abroad. Here are seven gardens I would recommend visiting in Europe. They cover a
Looking for somewhere a little different to explore next year? If you’re bored of all the most popular European destinations, consider going a little off the beaten track in 2019. Here are some of our top picks for off the radar European cities to add to your bucket list… Novi Sad, Serbia Recently, Novi Sad
Planning a visit to Cologne and looking for things to see and do? Here are six must-see places that you should visit around the city. All these activities are easily reached from either the railway station or the Rheingarten, where tour and river cruise boats meet. You can also see them all in a day!
For holding the cold at bay with some mulled wine or hot cocoa, for buying artisanal craft items, and for eating festive European treats like gingerbread and stollen. If you’re in the mood for a festive getaway this year, these are some of the best Christmas Markets around Europe that you need to visit… Vienna,
Winter is a magical season in Finland and when it comes to finding fun experiences, you won’t be disappointed. Here are 10 must-do activities to experience in Finland during the winter months. At the bottom of this post you’ll find a summary from Avanti on how these types of activity are covered with travel insurance.
Known for its beautiful waterways and stunning medieval centre, Sweden’s capital is a joy to explore. Whether you’re treating yourself to cake and coffee in the Old Town, or dancing the night away to ABBA music, there’s simply so much to discover. Here’s a round up of some of the best things to do in
The traditional spa town of Birštonas in Lithuania sits inside a curve of the River Nemunas. It’s a beautiful setting for a wide variety of spa experiences. Therapies here range from the historically rich – such as those that use the town’s water-based history in the Kneipp Garden – to the more modern spa experience
Aidan Thomas is not the only attraction of the BBC TV series ‘Poldark’. The stunning locations where the series is filmed are attracting ever greater numbers of visitors to Cornwall. The books, by Winston Graham, are set in the tin mining communities of north and west coasts of Cornwall. For the most part the series