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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    Siena: in sickness and in health

    There are days in life when even the best laid plans go out the window, along with your stomach lining, and my trip to Siena was one such day. I’d like to say that…

    June 16, 2015