Gastronomic Delights and Mouth-Watering Meals in Midi-Pyrénées

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The region of Midi-Pyrénées, France’s largest in terms of geographical area, is a seemingly endless rural idyll, with lush countryside, dramatic Alpine scenery and verdant farmland. Amidst all this incredibly fertile land, it’s hardly surprising that Midi-Pyrénées should be the gastronomic epicentre of France. French specialities and world-renowned delicacies abound in the region, and food [...]

Picturesque Provence! How to Make the Most of Your Week in Provence

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Source: Flickr Unlike the best-selling author Peter Mayle, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to spend a whole year in Provence, much as you may desperately find yourself wanting to after visiting. If, like most holiday-makers, your time in this idyllic region of France is limited to just the seven days, then it’s a good idea [...]

The Intriguing History of Castello Estense

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Every good castle can tell a tale or two; but few can compare with the intriguing (not to mention occasionally grisly) stories that lie in the extensive history of Ferrera’s Castello Estense. Even the brutal, looming exterior of the castle gives some impression of the nature of the building, with its forbidding towers and defensive [...]

Exploring Historic Istria in Croatia

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Istria, the largest peninsula on the Croatian coast, is undoubtedly also the most historically significant. The classically Mediterranean scenery, with verdant hillsides, sandy coves and romantic woodlands, conceal a rich and fascinating past: a timeline filled with pre-historic tribes, foreign invasions and shattering clashes of culture. If you’re spending your holiday in Istria and are [...]

The Forest of Compiègne: Historic Events, Royal Connections and Heavenly Hiking

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Despite being only an hour’s drive from the bustle of Paris, the tranquil Forest of Compiègne, located in the scenic region of Picardy, feels a hundred miles removed from the bustle and noise of twenty-first century life. This picturesque forest, with over 35,000 acres of oak and beech trees, also has a rich and fascinating [...]

A Day Trip to the Island of Elba

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Source: Flickr Elba is an island that enjoys a certain level of historical notoriety, thanks to the fact that Napoleon, after his abdication, was exiled there in 1810. However, wise travellers know that there is a lot more to Tuscany’s largest island than just a connection with the famous emperor. It boasts a landscape of [...]

Travelling to Corsica? Sail in Style

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Source: Flickr It’s unsurprising that Corsica continues to be a popular haunt for holiday makers. Secretive golden-sanded bays, dark forests, sweeping valley landscapes and glamorous cities give the island the remarkably rare quality of appealing to all travellers, no matter how discerning their tastes. With Bastia, Figari and Ajaccio now on the budget flight destination [...]

Secret Sardinia: The Hidden Beaches and Coves on Sant’Antioco Island

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Source: Flickr Sant’Antioco is the fourth largest island of Italy, and also one of the least developed locations in the country. The north of Sardinia tends to be the preserve of the wealthy, with prestigious tourist developments lining every scenic shoreline. But venture down to the south of the country and cross over to the [...]

Discovering the Diverse Landscapes of the Amorica Regional Natural Park

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Travellers of all ages flock to Brittany for their holidays. The region offers something for everyone, from wind-tossed sand-dunes and vast sandy beaches to gently rolling hills and quaint villages. It’s a wonderful spot to escape the daily turmoil of everyday life and to take the time to relax amidst some truly spectacular natural surroundings. [...]

Open Air in the Green Heart of Austria: Hiking and Cycling in Styria

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Source: Flickr Located in the south east of the country, Styria; with its rich wineries, sun-soaked, verdant hills and alpine scenery, isn’t called Austria’s ‘Green Heart’ for nothing. From breath-taking gorges and looming mountains to pleasant green meadows, Styria has a reputation for being a paradise for nature-lovers, and as a result, it’s gained a [...]