• Albania: Europe's best kept secret?


    Image c/o Godo Gadaj, Flickr

    It could be argued that Albania is the land Europe forgot. It’s carried on doing its charming, post-communist thing for the last sixty years, blissfully unaware of modern tourism and industrialisation.

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  • Europe on two wheels: the Old Continent's best cycling spots


    Photo c/o Decar66, Flickr

    By James Shackell

    European cycling is like riding through an old movie: the warm Provencal sun on your face, pedalling down old country lanes and sun-dappled roads, stopping only for a boutique wine tasting or a spot of French cheese.

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  • Lights, camera, travel: 7 iconic film sets you should visit this year

    By James Shackell

    “There’s no place like home,” Judy Garland says in the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz, before clicking her heels and picturing sleepy Kansas. And while these words are enshrined in cinema history, we think Dorothy might have had a different approach to travel if she’d seen a few of the movies in our list below.

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  • The Cinque Terre: the most charming towns in the world?

    A region renowned for its beauty and sun-drenched splendour; Italy’s Cinque Terre is one of Europe’s most alluring seaside areas. The five towns that make up the Cinque Terre – Riomaggiore, Monterosso al Mare, Coniglia, Manarola and Vernzazza – provide a perfect insight into Mediterranean life. Everything from the surrounding vistas and the atmosphere, to the hospitable locals and the cuisine perfectly embody the laid back nature of the Italian Riviera.

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  • Turkish treasures: Peregrine leader Ergun Akkan

    If you want to see the real Turkey, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone better to show it to you than Peregrine leader Ergun Akkan. The leader of seven years loves telling his family and friends about all the interesting people he meets on his trip – and Peregrine travellers love telling their family and friends about Ergun!

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  • Image of the week: Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Dreaming of a white Christmas?

    The Europe earlybird gets the worm. So book your 2013 escape today and see Christmas how Bing Crosby described it. Today’s image is of Mostar Bridge in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

  • Our picks: Hotspots for 2013

    Take a look at two of our favourite, can't-miss destinations for 2013. The hardest part is choosing where you'll go first!

  • Feast cookalong: Lemon brulee tart

    I’ll be totally honest – this tart was absolutely delicious, but it was despite me, not because of me. Which says a lot about the robustness of Matthew’s recipes. Let me explain – I had three baking projects on the go as I was cooking this tart: a chocolate cake for a helpful neighbour; a panforte to take to a dinner party; and this lemon tart. All three were happening simultaneously and, while the chocolate cake and panforte were recipes I had made before, the lemon tart was all new.

  • How to eat and drink like a European

    All around the world people observe traditions when it comes to eating and drinking. In Europe, every country seems to have one custom or ritual that stands out. Master this one thing, and you'll feel like a local in no time.

  • Europe's Top 5 unique architectural secrets

    It's no secret that Europe is home to some of the world's most incredible architecture - The Colosseum, Notre-Dame de Paris, Sagrada Família among others. But you don't need to be an expert to enjoy some of the lesser known marvels.

    Take a look at these five examples of some of Europe's hidden architectural secrets. Get off the beaten track, veer away from the crowds and come home with a little bit of culture under your belt.

    The Dancing House, Frank Gehry - Prague

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