Europe and Middle East

Bulgaria. More than just sea and skiing.

Bulgaria to my mind evokes images of winter sports in Pamporovo and summers by the wide beaches of the Black Sea. But there is another side to this underrated country waiting to be discovered and it is a fascinating journey.

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13 top things to do in Budapest

The two senior citizens in front of me were clearly having a ball. They were, it must be said, up to their chins in the hot thermal waters of Szechenyi Bath’s outdoor pools, but more to the point, they were playing chess on a floating board and loving every minute of it!

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Grand Hotel Kronenhof named World’s Top Hotel

Grand Hotel Kronenhof, Pontresina located  six miles from St. Moritz and privately owned by the Niarchos family.has been named The World’s Top Hotel in the 2014 Travelers’ Choice awards.

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Southern Bulgaria. Beautiful and bargain friendly.

There’s a lot of “awesome” about these days. Handbags, vegetable fritters, sneakers all seem to earn the label.  So  when Bulgaria recently served me two slices of genuine ‘awesome’, I  thought it was worth documenting.

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Bregenz. Baroque on water.

It is early morning in Bregenz and the vastness of Lake Constance is just lying there in front of me shimmering away in the sunshine. It’s the type of morning where walkers are out for a stroll along the lake’s shoreline and the delightful smell of fresh coffee and pastries wafts across the promenade from […]

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Seville. The perfect weekend break

I was, it must be said, well within spitting distance. The front row of Cristina Hoyos’ School of Flamenco nightly show put me up close and very personal with two of the most intense flamenco dancers I have ever seen.

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