[7 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]
Vincent van Gogh inspires in the Dutch city of Den Bosch

By Stuart Forster
Vincent van Gogh sold only one of his own paintings during his lifetime but since his death, 125 years ago, the artist has proved an inspiration to many people. Thirty of Europe’s leading art institutions will host exhibitions and events during 2015, celebrating his life and work as part of the Van Gogh 2015: 125 Years of Inspiration programme.
The artist was born in Zundert, the Netherlands, and lived from 1853 to 1890. His birthplace lies within the province of North Brabant, a region whose history and culture is …

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[7 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]
Vincent van Gogh inspires in the Dutch city of Den Bosch

By Stuart Forster
Vincent van Gogh sold only one of his own paintings during his lifetime but since his death, 125 years ago, the artist has proved an inspiration to many people. Thirty of Europe’s leading art institutions will host exhibitions and events during 2015, celebrating his life and work as part of the Van Gogh 2015: 125 Years of Inspiration programme.
The artist was born in Zundert, the Netherlands, and lived from 1853 to 1890. His birthplace lies within the province of North Brabant, a region whose history and culture is …

Austria, Dinky Destinations, Europe, France, Italy, Switzerland »

[20 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]
How to slalom to the ski slopes in 2 hours for just £201 all-in!

By Eleanor Pickering

A weekend ski break with flight and transfer times of under four hours will cost on average £344
The cheapest destination for a long weekend skiing is Sauze d’Oulx in Italy where flights cost £53 and three days of skiing is £201
With the Swiss franc at sky-high levels, a long weekend skiing in Switzerland costs an average of £392, with the Villars the most expensive destination on the list, at £428

Hitting the slopes this winter needn’t involve using up all your annual leave before the year has really begun. A …

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[25 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]
Savouring time in Slovakia’s second city and its region

By Ashley Gibbins
Košice is situated on the river Hornád at the eastern reaches of the Slovak Ore Mountains, near the border with Hungary. Ashley Gibbins, Chief Executive of the International Travel Writers Alliance (ITWA) finds out more:
The city, which is Slovakia’s second city after its capital Bratislava, has a well-preserved historical centre with buildings in Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Art Nouveau styles. After centuries of prosperous importance as a major trading post, Košice suffered a steep decline during the two World Wars followed by 50 years of communist austerity and an uncertain …

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[26 Sep 2014 | No Comment | ]
Visiting and exploring the Isle of Elba, Italy

By Karen Bowerman
The Isle of Elba, the largest island of the Tuscan Archipelago off Italy, is known for its temperate climate and picturesque hiking trails. Karen Bowerman explored its mountains and its shores.
Bumpity, bump, bump, bump: the car seemed to be handling the terrain well; being squashed in the back suddenly had its advantages – I was pinned between shoulders and hips with a row of fleshy female thighs (mine included) cushioning the impact. My friends and I were jolting down a cascade of enormously wide 16th century stone steps …

Croatia, Dinky Destinations, Europe »

[8 Aug 2014 | No Comment | ]
The delights of medieval Dubrovnik, Croatia

By Karen Bowerman
You’ve probably seen the typical shot of Dubrovnik, Croatia’s most popular tourist destination. Taken from a hill overlooking the city, it shows a mass of red-tiled roofs surrounded by a medieval wall encrusted with fortresses and towers. As I took in the scene for real, in the warmth of the Mediterranean sun, it was hard to imagine that this was a city that was once at war. But my taxi driver, who’d stopped to show me the view, remembered it well. “It was 1991 and there were soldiers …