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York city walls - Micklegate Bar

How to spend a full day walking York city walls

This locals’ guide to York city walls features several hot spots that make this English city so special. Plus: I include some insider tips about the off-wall places you shouldn’t miss. You could walk the 3.4km around York city walls in an hour or so. But, take in sights and the occasional pub en-route, and that hour could […]

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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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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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