Category Archives for "Europe"

Apr 02

11 Beautiful Things to Do in Spain

By Abi King | Spain

Enter your favourite photos of Spain for the chance to win a Canon PowerShot G7 X camera I’m never quite sure whether it’s appropriate to write love letters to a country. But that’s what I’m going to do today with Spain. Spain, you see, was my ugly duckling turned swan. My fresh-out-of-the-lake Mr Darcy after a […]

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Mar 12

The Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb

By Abi King | Europe

Elvis may have crooned about the Heartbreak Hotel, but Croatia’s capital has the real thing (minus the overnight stays.) Swap Lonely Street for Ćirilometodska in Zagreb and uncover the strange situation that is the Museum of Broken Relationships. The Museum of Broken Relationships I stumbled through its doors, years ago, as part of my #IronRoute series […]

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Feb 28

Ask Abi: Unusual City Breaks in Europe

By Abi King | Europe

Ideas for Unusual City Breaks in Europe So, here’s a question I get asked a lot: where are the best places for an unusual city break in Europe? It’s a topic I could write a whole book about (or, hey! At least a substantial section of a travel blog ;-) – see the best destinations […]

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Feb 07

Reindeer Aren’t Just For Christmas

By Abi King | Finland

The Surprising Truth About Rudolph And His Friends Through the snowflakes, something stirs between the trees. Silently, softly, the chestnut shadows of the forest shift between the leaves. My boots crunch through the ground, eyelashes flickering with white. Ahead, with muted footfall and striking, treacle-bright eyes, the reindeer step towards us then wait as we […]

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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 28

7 Unusual Things To Do in Tuscany

By Abi King | Italy

The search for unusual things to do in Tuscany… Tuscany has plenty upon plenty of things to do, that’s for sure. With no fewer than seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the claim as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and more, it’s no surprise that Tuscany remains one of the […]

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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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