Europe

Twenty-four hours in Tirana, Albania: one of the most interesting cities that I’ve visited

Tirana Albania Skanderbeg Square

Albania is a holiday destination which has been growing rapidly in popularity in recent times, with sun-seekers lured by the promise of sunny beaches, blue sea and cheap beer only a short ferry ride away from the Greek island of…
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Architecture, history, and plenty of rain: 24 hours in Krakow, Poland

Wawel Castle Krakow Old Town Poland

Regular readers may be wondering what happened to New Zealand; after taking you through my two years in Australia I left you at Brisbane airport, on the way to Auckland, and now we’re suddenly in Poland! I am working on…
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Why visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau isn’t just something to tick off a list

Auschwitz-Birkenau Poland not tourist attraction solo female travel

I’ve always tried to visit historical sites of trauma when I find myself in a region where something terrible happened. Not because I have some weird fascination with death and destruction, as some people might think, but because I believe…
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Five top train journeys in Europe

Train journeys Europe Cascais Portugal

There’s something special about travelling by train in Europe; perhaps it’s the many different terrains you can see from the window, the idea of passing seamlessly from one country to another, romantic notions from old films, or simply the joy…
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The Glenn Miller Museum at Twinwood: a hidden music history gem in Bedford

When I started secondary school, I desperately hoped to be picked to learn a musical instrument. I dreamed of the violin. I was gutted when I didn’t make the grade in the hand-clapping rhythm test, and made do with singing…
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