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City breaks

  • An Authentic Slice of Sweden

    For as long as we can remember, rumours have been circulating in our family that our surname – ‘Jopson’ – may, in fact, be Swedish. It’s a rumour that we’ve clung to; daydreaming that…

    June 5, 2016
  • Rotterdam: food and leisure

    [easyazon_link identifier=”1741798957″ locale=”UK” tag=”twithatra-21″]Rotterdam[/easyazon_link] took us by surprise. Our expectations of the city and the reality of it were wildly different: in a brilliant way. We’ve visited countless European cities in our time; climbing many…

    March 27, 2016
  • Rotterdam: an architectural dream

    In 1996, the British band The Beautiful South released the song ‘Rotterdam (or anywhere)’.  At the time, I was only 9, but remember the song clearly. It lingered in the charts for months and haunted…

    March 26, 2016
  • Ich Liebe Berlin

    Berlin is a city of contradictions. New and old; beautiful but gritty; sprawling yet local; it is a city that changes with the turn of every street corner. It is a capital with an…

    December 10, 2015
  • Stockholm: part two

    As Sunday dawned, we were greeted with even more sunshine (according to a local guy we spoke to, the weather was unusually good that weekend. Hurrah!) Although there was still lots to see in…

    October 22, 2015
  • Stockholm: part one

    I’ve always had a ‘thing’ for Scandinavia. Mighty pine forests; glacial lakes; log cabins; roaming elks; northern lights and a healthy dose of Stieg Larrson, had all assimilated in my mind to create a…

    October 21, 2015
  • Spectacular Sintra: a fairytale in the clouds

    A forty-minute train journey North-West of Lisbon lies the magical, UNESCO World Heritage site of Sintra. Sitting atop the Sintra mountains, with views out over the Atlantic, this is a spectacular town and well…

    October 17, 2015
  • The Colours of Lisbon

    Lisbon is the city of seven hills. And when I say seven hills, I mean seven steep hills. So, let’s get one tip out of the way now: if you’re visiting Lisbon, take appropriate…

    October 11, 2015
  • San Sebastian: a foodie heaven!

    San Sebastian, or Donostia as the locals call it, is a food lover’s heaven.  A city with the most Michelin stars per capita and over 200 Pintxos bars!  Food seems to be the backbone…

    September 10, 2015
  • Flat out in Florence

    Florence is a city you need to gear yourself up for before visiting. With so much to see and only three days to see it in, we needed a plan. A jam-packed, slightly exhausting…

    July 6, 2015
  • Posing in Pisa!

    I wasn’t sure what to expect from Pisa: staying for only one night, I’d imagined a day whipping around the obvious sites, grabbing a picture of me pushing up the Leaning Tower, and then…

    June 22, 2015