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The sweeping bay around Kinbane Castle, Northern Ireland

Kinbane Castle, Northern Ireland: it was emotional

Kinbane Castle is full of drama. Its isolation. Its embattled remnants. Its surroundings. Kinbane stirred up a depth of emotion in me. Here’s the story why. The wind blustered all around as I simultaneously skipped and staggered up to the farthest point on the narrow limestone promontory. Arriving at the top, out of breath, I […]

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Day trips from Barcelona

The Catalan city by the sea isn’t just about stupendous Gaudí architecture. It also makes a wonderful base to explore the wider region. Rent a car or hop on a local train to head beyond the city limits on these day trips from Barcelona. Be king of the castle in Tossa de Mar Tossa de […]

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the architecture of Lisbon - azulejo tiles

The architecture of Lisbon through the ages

The architecture of Lisbon has been influenced through history by its rulers, its seafaring exploits and a great big earthquake. Walk through its different neighbourhoods to make your own architectural tour through time. The Moors – Arabic influence Lisbon was under Moorish rule from the 8th-12th centuries. The current Castelo de São Jorge dates from the […]

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Albania's UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Gjirokaster

Albania’s UNESCO World Heritage sites

If you’re a castle and ruins-aholic like me, then Albania’s UNESCO World Heritage sites are a dream. An unexpected hive of history; castles peak out over mountain ranges, Greek and Roman-influenced ruins face the Ionian sea. The settings are as memorable as the remnants of the buildings they’re famous for. I visited three of Albania’s […]

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Bologna – where hipsters meet history

Famed for its porticoes, leftish tendencies, and a deserved foodie reputation; Bologna and its surrounds echo with the united footsteps of old and new. It’s a city where hipsters meet history. Cyclists’ simultaneously pedal slowly and talk quickly on their mobile phones. Students in converse trainers and skinny jeans chat to their amici, smoke curling […]

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Ljubljana – the beloved boy next door?

If Ljubljana – meaning “the Beloved” in Slovene – were a man, he’d be the boy next door.  He’ll treat you like a Princess: buy your favourite wine, bake your guilty-pleasure cake for you; he’ll even take out the rubbish. You’ll rave to your friends about his overall wonderfulness and clean, kindly and thoughtful ways. […]

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