• Sip your way through Spain

    Food is an important part of Spanish culture, but no meal would be complete without something refreshing to wash it down with.

    We take a look at three of Spain's most delicious exports and leave you with a recipe for fresh, fruity sangria to get the fiesta started!

    As Spain's equivalent to champagne, cava is a light, dry sparkling wine that has a very important place in Catalan culture and cookery.

  • Make this Tarte Tatin tonight!

    Tarte Tatin can be described as a French upside-down apple tart. This mouthwatering dessert was created by accident at the Hotel Tatin in Lamotte-Beuvron in 1898. But it didn't become popular until the famed Maxim’s Restaurant put it on their menu.

    According to historians, Maxim's owner Louis Vaudable decided he must have the recipe after tasting the tart on a visit to Sologne. The story suggests that he sent a cook/spy disguised as a gardener to Lamotte-Beuvron to discover the secret.

  • Image of the week: Segovia, Spain

    This dizzying, beautiful view was taken over Segovia in Spain, by Turespana.

    Trip of the week: Essence of Spain 

  • Travel while the Aussie dollar is hot!

    Aussie dollar burning a hole in your pocket? Now is the time to put it to use.

    Research by the National Australia Bank shows us which destinations will get us the best bang for our buck. And for those into exotic, exciting, historic and thrilling adventures…the news couldn't be better

  • Image of the week: Trekking above Zermatt, Switzerland

    Last week's image of the week was this stunning picture by Mark Faulkner. It was taken while he was trekking above Zermatt in Switzerland.

    Trip of the week: Walking in the French & Swiss Alps 

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  • The pillars of Spanish culture

    Long influenced by Europe, North Africa, and the wider world as well as drawing on its own layers of tradition, Spain has always taken pride in its extraordinary artistic culture.

    With its tall Gothic spires and the unmistakable sounds of flamenco music floating in the air, Spain has always been home to a community of artists, writers, and architects who look at ways of bringing Spanish culture to the world.

    Let's look at some of the highlights of Spanish culture:

  • Beat the heat: Two Roman beach getaways

    Summer high season in Rome means a flood of tourists into the already scorching city. Add in a few thousand eager foreigners and the city becomes a humid, crowded bubble of heat.

    With temperatures soaring, it is difficult to make your way around the city without wilting like an under-watered flower. However, there is a way (two ways in fact!) to beat the heat when Rome starts sizzling and experience Italian life at the same time.

  • Amalfi Coast, Italy: Image of the week

    Image of the week: Amalfi Coast, Italy by Louisa Virgato

    Trip of the week: Spirit of Amalfi

    Set on the shores of the sparkling Mediterranean, the Amalfi Coast is one of the most beautiful coastlines in Europe.

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  • Your trip mapped out in Andalucia

    For the ideal trip in the region of Andalucia in southern Spain we have mapped out the best sights and cities so you can not only get a taste for the colourful region but also an in depth look at the exciting culture and history.

    First stop: Seville

  • 3 Must See Places In Italy

    My time in Italy was spent in places that captured the true essence of Italy; soaking in as much culture as possible, marveling at ancient ruins and landscapes, getting lost in mazes of narrow alleyways of cities and spending days indulging in authentic Italian food.

    These were three of my favorite places:

    Cinque Terre
    Cinque Terre is made up of five villages situated along the rugged coastline of Liguria on the Italian Riviera. It’s as stunning in person as it is in pictures and movies.

  • Spend the kids' inheritance

    You've fed them, clothed them, ferried them to parties, cleaned up after them and put a roof over their heads. Now, it's time to have a little fun.

    Go on, be part of the growing number of Baby Boomers who are taking advantage of the strong Aussie dollar and treating themselves to an overseas experience.

    Here are a few ideas to get the ball rolling:

  • Take your own Tour de France through Provence

    The big race is drawing to a close, so if you're experiencing a sudden urge to cycle your way around France then now is the time.

    Obviously, you can take the pain factor down a notch by making a few leisurely wine and cheese stops along the way. After all, there's no point whizzing past all that divine scenery without stopping to smell the roses…or the lavender, as the case may be.

  • Bonnieux in Provence, France: Image of the week

    Image of the week: Bonnieux in Provence, France, by Louisa Virgato

    Trip of the week: Essence of Provence and the Luberon
    July sale: Go somewhere you've never been, with 10% off all Peregrine tours*! 

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  • Going underground in Vienna

    Exploring Vienna’s underground will introduce you to this dynamic city’s historical side and also its modern face of restaurants and clubs. Here are our must-see underground sites in Vienna.

    The cathedral
    Take the guided tour below ground, and you'll see the usual assortment of sarcophagi holding the bones of dead rulers, archbishops, and other personages.

  • A musical journey around the world

    Think Buenos Aires and the strains of the tango accompany the images; memories of Cuba come with a breathless dash of rumba music and separating the sounds of West Africa from its people is nigh on impossible.

    Music is the lifeblood of many countries, and catching a local performance is something that many people hope for during their travels.

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