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a cyclist pedals past some of Helsinki's street art

Why I’d have another Helsinki city break

As someone who errs towards a degree of shabby chic when choosing city break destinations, I wasn’t sure how good a match me and Helsinki would be. I needn’t have worried. Helsinki managed that brilliant trick of balancing “everything just works”, without being glossed and polished to within an inch of its life. Here’s why […]

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York Gatehouse Coffee - York city walls walk

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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Berlin architecture walk Karl-Marx Allee

What to see on a self-guided Berlin architecture walk

Wow, Berlin’s got a tonne of fantastic buildings! Here’s my self-guided Berlin architecture walk that shows off the city’s eclectic side. There’s a load of glass, brick and render out there … 1. Modern Berlin architecture at the Hauptbahnhof A homage to glass, the multi-storey central train station (Hauptbahnhof) combines style and function and has itself become […]

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Lisbon architecture - azulejo tiles

DIY your Lisbon architecture tour with this guide

The architecture of Lisbon has been influenced through history by its rulers, its seafaring exploits and a great big earthquake. DIY your own tour of Lisbon architecture by time-travelling through the Portuguese capital. The Moors – Arabic influence in the architecture of Lisbon Lisbon was under Moorish rule from the 8th-12th centuries. The current Castelo […]

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24 hours in Madrid: me at Plaza Mayor

How to spend 24 hours in Madrid

With only 24 hours in this pulsating city, this guide helps you get to the beating heart of Madrid, Spain’s capital. A Modern-Art Morning Get your modern-art fix at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, housing four floors of works by famous names such as Miró, Dalí, and Picasso. The 1937 work, “Guernica,” […]

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Budapest city break costs

Budapest city break costs – eats and experiences in Hungary’s capital

What is there to do in the Hungarian capital? And how much should you budget? Here I give a breakdown of Budapest city break costs from my five-night “flashpacker style” stay; where I went, what I did, and whether I’d do it again. Accommodation – food and drink – entertainment (museums, tours and spas) – […]

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life behind the Iron Curtain

Budapest – what was life behind the Iron Curtain like?

Whilst the history of post-war Communism is likely to show up in a classroom textbook or a museum; I wanted to know what life behind the Iron Curtain was like in my lifetime. Budapest’s museums and tours help me tell the story of Csilla, my Hungarian alter-ego. Here’s her story. 1987 – behind the Iron Curtain My […]

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