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Turin is the Italian capital of understated chic. The pocket-sized Paris of Piedmont, this place is innately - yet subtly - stylish, with an air of elegance which quietly, politely reminds visitors of the city's historical importance. Despite its regal past,...

This neighbourhood of Gdańsk is almost, almost, your average collection of boring, ex-Soviet apartment blocks. But on closer inspection, the residential area - just 10 minutes away from the central station - is different to any other Eastern European tower block...

A couple of times a year, I like to have a weekend away with an old friend, to combine two of my favourite activities: long overdue (and usually wine-fuelled) catch-ups, and exploring new places. My schoolfriend Katie and I have been...

There's a misconception that the cuisine in every European country north of the Alps is composed entirely of pig and/or potato, perhaps with a side order of boiled cabbage, and that if you want to eat really well, you have...

I have to admit that I knew very little about Latvia before booking flights there a couple of months ago. I'd been on the hunt for a destination for a February mini-break (cleverly combining S's Christmas present with our anniversary celebrations - smart,...

On my recent trip to England, I was keen to do something which I hardly ever do when visiting my family in the UK: I wanted to say no to homemade bacon sandwiches and takeaway Chinese food, and yes to...

As I told you here, my annual UK trip this year was organised a little differently than usual. I'd decided not to let myself fall into my usual spiral of boredom this time around (not so easily avoided when staying in...

I've wanted to visit Amsterdam for absolutely ages. Whenever I'd talked to friends about going away for a weekend, I'd always suggested it, but unfortunately for me, everyone always told me they'd already been and promptly suggested going somewhere else. After...

I've spent quite a few summers in Halkidiki/Chalkidiki/Chalkidice/Chalkidike/Χαλκιδική, or whatever on earth you want to call the three-fingered peninsula in northern Greece. I've always been lucky enough to be shuttled around by locals who know precisely where to take me, and...

I’ve had some bad New Year’s Eves. I’ve spent huge amounts of money on very disappointing nights out, I’ve been to many a boring house party, and I’ve even gone to bed before midnight and woken up at 3 a.m. to...