Category Archives for "Europe"

Nov 06

Bregenz and the Dagger in the Lake

By Abi King | Austria

Lakeside Drama, Bregenz With a dagger deep in his chest, he leans back, eyelids closed, a staircase eating into his cheek. Crowds gather beneath to take photos as his hand clasps a slab of writing and the lights of Switzerland come on in the distance. He is this year’s setting for the Bregenz summer festival, […]

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Oct 20

The Welsh House: How to Sleep in the Past

By Abi King | Europe

Staying at the Welsh House There’s a cool, white mottled stone where yellow daffodils blow. Amid snowdrops, long grass-flanked bluebells and early morning dew. Thatched roofs, sloping timber and a flame-open fire. A cottage. A home. A history lesson with green field views. And cockles, with ripe cheese, leathered books and inch-thick green-glass. Lovingly Restored […]

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Sep 20

Popcorn Cockles: The New Face of Welsh Food

By Abi King | Europe

The New Face of Welsh Food Talk about Welsh food and most people draw a blank, even if they’re from the UK. Hard pressed, they’ll come up with leeks (more an emblem than a dish.) Laverbread (hey, it’s something to do with seaweed!) Or cockles amid the laverbread, harvested from the southern coast around Swansea. […]

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Sep 04

Croatian Islands and Their Secrets

By Abi King | Europe

Exploring Croatian Islands by Boat There’s a place in the Elaphiti Islands where weather-worn netting clings to a rough sea wall. Under the bright, white sun, the orange bleaches its web against rock, while in the distance, the heave and sigh, the ebb and flow, the unhurried rhythm of the ocean continues to pulse in Mediterranean […]

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Aug 29

The Real Capital of Spain: Toledo

By Abi King | Spain

Toledo, Spain, lies only a short distance from Madrid yet I’d highly recommend heading there for more than a day trip. Here’s why. The Road to Toledo, Spain Truth be told, I wasn’t enjoying the journey. Instead, I was feeling pretty sick. Swerving, albeit at a slumbering pace, around hairpin bends while brimming with not-so-morning morning […]

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Jul 31

Sargadelos and the Authentic Side of Spain

By Abi King | Spain

Sargadelos and the Authentic Side of Spain They say to really get to know a place, you need to know its ceramics. Well, alright, perhaps they don’t say that, whoever or whomever “they” may be. But in my experience, local food and handicrafts shine a spotlight on a place’s culture in less time than it […]

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Jul 24

The Tropical Castle in Wales

By Abi King | Europe

What To Do with Aberglasney Now, this may not be an issue that many Americans face, but over in Europe, it’s a serious concern. What to do with the many, many castles, keeps and stately homes whose purpose have fallen from favour? Let them crumble? Rebuild? Restore? Reuse? Remember, whether through commerce (a striking hotel […]

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Jul 17

Lopud Island: A Taste of Hidden Croatia

By Abi King | Europe

Loving Lopud Luciano Apparuti is a man of passion. And the love of his life, it would seem, is Lopud Island, Croatia. It’s a small place, albeit one of the bigger islands off the coast near Dubrovnik. Surrounded by the Mediterranean waves of the Adriatic, it has no space for cars, no time for traffic. […]

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Jun 23

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Sweden

By Abi King | Europe

Sponsored Post: Visit Sweden 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Sweden Sweden. Somehow it’s somewhere I’ve only managed to visit in the cold. A little cold, in Malmo. And a lot cold in the Arctic Circle, slipping beneath reindeer skins and slipping hot lingonberry juice in the dazzling Ice Hotel where the rooms felt balmy […]

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Jun 19

Galicia, Spain. The Salty Sea Dog of the North

By Abi King | Spain

Galicia, Spain: The Salty Northern Sea Coast Of course, every coast is salty. But northwest Spain’s Galician coastline seems the saltiest of all: its landscape licked into shape by the churning, whirling waves, its cuisine at one with the sea and its architecture, history and general attitude shaped by the way that surf reaches the […]

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Jun 12

Croatia’s Calming Nature

By Abi King | Europe

“What a difference, a day makes…do, doo, be doo… “Twenty four little hours.” As the evening breeze let my hair rise and fall with its sigh and the birds soared overhead in the sunset, I found myself humming this, one of my favourite tunes. Twenty four hours into my stay on Croatia’s Lopud Island, the […]

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Jun 02

A Travelshoot In Rome

By Abi King | Italy

Travelshoot Rome If there’s one city in the world that demonstrates the rise of the selfie stick, and selfies in general, it’s the hybrid ancient-and-modern city of Rome. Everywhere you look, there’s something to marvel at – and consequently, everywhere you look, there’s a tourist taking a selfie. When in Rome… A Travelshoot In Rome […]

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May 30

Lopud Island: An Appointment with Croatian Blue

By Abi King | Europe

The Journey to Lopud Island, Croatia It had been an uneventful flight and a James Bond type drive: all hair-pin swerves and clifftop spills into foaming surf below. The red rooftops of Dubrovnik and the years and villages that followed splashed red-rust tiles under the light of the sun and pierced the sense of overwhelming […]

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May 12

The Shakespeare of Spain: Cervantes and Don Quixote

By Abi King | Spain

Back in the time when men wore tights and puffy-ruffled adornments around their neck, the world of literature exploded. In England, Shakespeare’s plays strutted across the Globe. In Spain, Miguel Cervantes published the world’s first novel. That should probably read as arguably published the world’s first novel, since when it comes to world firsts, people […]

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Apr 28

Dinky in Helsinki: Exploring a Finnish Design Shop

By Abi King | Europe

The Lure of Finnish Design Shops When the streets outside wear inky black and swathes of snow, it stands to reason that people focus more on what’s inside. Of the many intriguing aspects of Helsinki, one facet was the capital’s obvious love of design. For over 130 years, a national organisation has been promoting design in Finland […]

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Mar 21

The Lure of the Loire and the English Kings That Weren’t The cultural highlights of the Loire Valley France reveal more than one or two surprises

By Abi King | France

The Loire Valley, France A red diamond sits atop a yellow poste, blazing the word tabac. A bread baskets lands on a red-chequered tablecloth, heralding the arrival of unruly lettuce and thick purple jam. This is France, in all her school textbook glory, throwing symbols like memories into the gym skirt recesses of my mind. Schooldays France […]

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Mar 08

6 Of The Best European Ski Resorts

By Guest Writer | Europe

“The mountains are calling, and I must go.” So said American naturalist John Muir back in 1873, and it’s been echoed by every skier and snowboarder ever since. The call of the Alps is the loudest and most compelling, what with all those French, Swiss, Austrian and Italian mountains clamouring for attention. But there are […]

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