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    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
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    A Guide to the South of France

    As we were growing up, we would spend a lot of time in France. Every few months, we would head across the Channel, spending a weekend walking the shorelines and eating Moules marinièr. France,…

    May 17, 2016
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    Honeymoon Essentials: three weeks in Italy

    In just over two months, I will be packing my bags, kissing the cat goodbye and saying farewell to my surname, as I hop over to Italy to get married and honeymoon. It’s been 18…

    March 31, 2016
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    Rotterdam: food and leisure

    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 a clock tower and…

    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