Exploring Stockholm 2018

Stockholm Posing in front of the Royal Palace across the water

Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, has a wonderful old town, amazing views and plenty of museums to explore. The city is spread across 14 islands which means you are never far from the water, which makes for a pleasant atmosphere. It is one of the most beautiful urban areas in Europe, if not the world. Stockholm has always been somewhere I’ve planned to visit, and it did not disappoint. I’d only… Read moreExploring Stockholm 2018

Bulgaria – Sofia, Rila and Plovdiv

Sofia Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria and has a long history since it was founded by the Thracians as ‘Serdica’. It’s since been controlled by the Romans, Byzantines, Ottomans and became the capital of the newly liberated Bulgarian Kingdom in 1879. Of course more recently the country was Communist under Soviet influence. Nearby the Rila Monastery and city of Plovdiv offer great day trip options. Now is an interesting time to visit as the… Read moreBulgaria – Sofia, Rila and Plovdiv

Things to do in Berlin

‘Ich bin ein Berliner!’ The capital of Germany is a city steeped in history, much of it tragic. Following the horrors of the second world war it was literally divided. The Berlin Wall standing as a symbol of the barrier between East and West. This lasted until the fall of the Soviet Union in the early 90’s. Now Berlin has transformed itself into one of the most vibrant cities in… Read moreThings to do in Berlin

8 things to do in Copenhagen

Things to do in Copenhagen - Tapestry in Rosenborg Slot

Denmark’s capital Copenhagen is a great place to spend a few days exploring culture and history.  One of the things I love about Copenhagen is that its a very relaxed, chilled out city. It’s very welcoming to tourists and has a good vibe. Believed to have been founded in the Viking Age the city became an important one for Scandinavia as a whole during the Medieval era. Its geographical location made it… Read more8 things to do in Copenhagen

7 things to see in Bratislava

The capital of Slovakia, Bratislava is split in two by the Danube river – the historical ‘old town’ one side and the Soviet residential style ‘new town’ on the other. Unsurprisingly it’s the former which interests tourists who come for its historical buildings and statues. Oh and the beer – it’s a popular stag do destination! Bratislava is a great place to visit,  the old town is perfect for a… Read more7 things to see in Bratislava

7 things to do in Florence

things to do in Florence

The birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence is a city full of culture. Art and architecture dominate the array of things to do in Florence. The capital of the Tuscany region, Florence began its rise to fame in the Medieval period as a trading centre. The 1300’s saw the city begin the Renaissance, a period of European history that saw great expansion and cultural advances. It’s regarded as very important phase… Read more7 things to do in Florence

7 things to do in Mandalay

Things to do in Mandalay

Taking its name from Mandalay Hill, Myanmar’s northern city is a centre of Burmese commerce and culture.  Myanmar’s second largest city, chances are if you visit this wonderful country you will pass through Mandalay. Particularly as entry rules mean you likely be flying in or out of either here or Yangon. Whilst the city might not as aesthetically pleasing as other parts of Myanmar, Mandalay has a certain romantic charm. It was… Read more7 things to do in Mandalay

10 things to do in Rome

things to do in Rome

All roads lead to Rome. Once the capital of the powerful empire in the world, Rome is home to some spectacular historical sites. Founded back in 9th century BCE, Rome has a long history. According to legend Romulus was the city’s founder and the inspiration for its name. It began to come to prominence under the rule of the Roman Kings. Then the Roman Republic (SPQR) saw a massive increase… Read more10 things to do in Rome