Best Things to do in the Algarve, Portugal
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by Nadine Maffre
1w ago
Along the southern shores of Portugal, stretching from the most southwesterly point in Europe to the Spanish border, are the beautiful sun-kissed shores of the Algarve. The area is unspoiled, and even after decades of tourism it has retained a traditional feel. On any given day you can follow in the footsteps of great maritime explorers searching for new worlds, watch weather-worn fishermen hauling in their catch of the day or wander back streets of Faro and Tavira admiring Azulejo tiled houses. For the adventurous, there are many exciting things to do in Algarve too, from participating in wat ..read more
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Most Beautiful Medieval Towns in France
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by Nadine Maffre
1w ago
From Normandy to Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Provence to the Grand Est; each of France’s regions has its own unique story to tell. During the Middle Ages, incredible feats of engineering, art and architecture, religious movements, and economies took shape, and all of this can be explored as you begin to discover the incredible medieval towns in France. Wander along winding streets of medieval villages in France and take a deep dive into the history and mystery that lies within. Photograph breathtaking landscapes and idyllic town squares, as you imagine life through the eyes of people who lived in time ..read more
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Best Things to do in London with Kids
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by Nadine Maffre
2M ago
Family things to do in London include never putting your camera down! There’s an exciting landmark around every corner to ‘ooh and ahh’ over no matter what your age. Along with stepping back in time at historical sites; fascinating museums and everyone’s favourite theme park attractions keep the kids smiling.  When it’s time to blow off some steam and have a break from sightseeing, colourful playgrounds and lush gardens get you back to nature. Half the fun is buying quirky souvenirs from shops made for kids and big kids alike. And, no matter where you are, even the fussiest of eaters are ..read more
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Complete Guide to Visiting Procida Island, Italy
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by Nadine Maffre
2M ago
Sitting pretty in the Bay of Naples, Procida is a petite natural wonder that has been largely overshadowed on the tourist trail by its more famous neighbours Capri and Ischia. However, the island of Procida has just as much charm, with pastel-coloured houses on backdrops of boat-dotted seas and natural reserves. First and foremost a fishermen’s haven though, that charm is delivered with huge doses of authentic island living.  It’s all about taking things slowly as you savour delectable local produce and meander to historic sites. On any one day in Procida, leisurely souvenir shopping trip ..read more
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Best Day Trips from Nice, France
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by Nadine Maffre
3M ago
The French Riviera is often the subject of vacation dreams, and the region’s romantic capital is an ideal base. The best day trips from Nice are a breeze to get to by train, car, bus or guided tour within an hour or two of the city. Plus, your options for destinations include those worthy of global travel bucket lists.   Pack for sun-kissed days on the dazzling beaches of the Côte d’Azur. Expect to get your steps in strolling around medieval villages and promenades framed by luxury yachts. Culture vultures are spoilt for choice with museums and art galleries, while foodies hop from w ..read more
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Beautiful Movies Set in Provence, France
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by Nadine Maffre
4M ago
There are many movies about France (and set in France), and understandably so. The country’s vibrant cities, picturesque medieval villages, snow-capped mountain peaks and dramatic coastlines create a spectacular, colourful backdrop for any French cinema set. In the south of France, the beautiful region of Provence has been the scenic filming location for a variety of movie blockbuster movies over the last century, including ‘A Good Year’, ‘The Horseman on the Roof’, and the classic, ‘To Catch a Thief’ starring Hollywood royalty Grace Kelly and Cary Grant. If you are interested in learning more ..read more
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Best Things to do in Ischia, Italy
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by Nadine Maffre
4M ago
Located on the Bay of Naples in the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Italian island of Ischia delights with its pastel-hued houses, thermal springs, mountainous landscapes, beautiful beaches, and fascinating historical sites. Explore the six bustling towns brimming with artisan shops, relax on golden sandy shores, spend a day at healing hot springs, or indulge in kayaking, sailing, snorkelling, or diving. The beauty of visiting Ischia is that you can do as little or as much as you please, and all travel styles are catered to – whether you’re after a luxury 5-star stay, an adventure trip, or a fuss-free bud ..read more
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Most Beautiful Towns and Villages in Costa Brava, Spain
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by Nadine Maffre
6M ago
The vibrant Costa Brava in the Northeast of Spain is the perfect place to immerse yourself in true Mediterranean culture. Stretching from Portbou on the French border down to the seaside town of Blanes, this stunning coastline is cherished for its rich culture, beautiful natural landscape, and wonderful gastronomy. Home to countless beautiful towns and charming villages, from the enchanting village of Cadaqués which inspired the work of Salvador Dalí, to the lively seaside town of Blanes, the diversity of this region is invigorating. Also known as the ‘wild’ or ‘rugged’ coast; the Costa Brava ..read more
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Most Beautiful Beaches in Lanzarote
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by Nadine Maffre
6M ago
Inviting you to kick off your shoes and sink into island life, beaches on Lanzarote range from postcard-pretty golden stretches to dark volcanic wonders. It’s perfectly acceptable to do nothing but laze and soak up the sun that shines for more than 300 days each year in the Canary Islands. However, if you’re feeling active, you’re spoilt for choice with a wide range of adventure activities. Float in natural pools carved by lava or kitesurf for miles along cliff-lined shores. Reliable breaks ensure the surf’s always up and parasailing delivers a bird’s eye view of the water sports action. Best ..read more
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Visiting France in Autumn (Where to go in Fall in France)
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by Nadine Maffre
7M ago
Autumn season in France is the best time of year to get to know the heritage, gastronomy and culture of French towns and cities. When the hordes of summer crowds have disappeared, tables in the finest restaurants become available, museums, art galleries and wine tours are more peaceful and there are lively celebrations and festivals to enjoy almost everywhere. In fall, leaves begin to change on the trees, the city’s parks, gardens and vineyards transform into shades of gold, bronze and red, and fall foliage litters the pavements. These vibrant fall colours in France, make this time of the year ..read more
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