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    A City Break Guide to Bologna

    September 19, 2018

    A place so renowned that it boasts not one, but three nicknames, Bologna is Italy’s juiciest city. Known fondly as La Grassa, the fat one, La Rossa, the red one and La Dotta, the learned one, Bologna boasts three distinct characters. Occupying prime position on my city break bucket list for several years now, I decided to visit Bologna as part of my 32nd birthday celebrations. Offering mouth-watering local cuisine, medieval cobbled streets and the oldest university in the world, I felt…

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  • A Guide to Alternative European City Breaks

    The European city break is a favoured British pastime. With hourly flights ensuring that the handsome piazzas of Rome, or the glassy fjords of Bergen, lie just a passport wave away, a jaunt to…

    August 9, 2018
  • A girl stood in a forest in Tampere, surrounded by chopped woods and a small log cabin.

    Exploring Finnish Lakeland

    Staring at the detailed map I’d unravelled, my eyes struggled to focus on the hundreds of small, blue shapes that dotted the paper. We were headed to Tampere –  the gateway to Finland’s Lakeland…

    July 5, 2018
  • What to do in Helsinki

    Discovering Helsinki

    For most, Helsinki occupies something of a cultural grey area. Not quite Scandinavian, but undoubtedly Nordic; and not entirely Eastern European, yet tantalisingly close to Estonia and Russia, you might be forgiven for thinking…

    July 1, 2018
  • Accommodation at Kijkduin

    A Weekend in The Hague

    It’s 10am on a grey, March morning and I’m sitting on the steps of my little seafront cottage. The rolling sand dunes of Kijkduin beach deserted, I watch as a group of dogs throw…

    April 2, 2018
  • A Guide to a Weekend in Lille: part 2

    Mouvaux – a small town in Northern France – was now family. Underneath the warm glow of a pink nylon umbrella, we had finally met: an event fifteen years in the making. Despite imagining…

    August 7, 2017
  • Welcoming Hope to London

    The Sunday family day out was a Jopson obligation. Not ones for lazy sofa days, our family would rise as the dawn broke, before being piled into the trusty ‘people carrier’ and carted off…

    July 26, 2017
  • Searching for our Twin Town with DFDS

    The first memory I have of my hometown is of a dead fish. It was lying in the middle of the road, eyes glazed and mouth open, as if shocked to find itself on…

    July 20, 2017
  • Anniversary Celebrations on Lake Como

    Stirring from my train induced slumber, I stretched and turned to the window, assessing our progress from Milan to Lake Como. Wincing as the sunlight poured in, it took a moment for my eyes…

    June 13, 2017
  • Wine tasting with Princess Cruises

    “It’s a common misconception that the grapes were squashed by the feet of workers”, our guide, Philippe, tells us. “Instead, they would wear plastic pants and be lowered in, until they were shoulder high…

    June 5, 2017
  • A Weekend in Hamburg

    It’s Sunday morning at Hamburg’s world famous Fischmarkt and the sun has made a welcome appearance. Ringing my bell, I cycle through the crowds – navigating stalls overflowing with gawping seabream, electric pink peonies…

    May 14, 2017