Monthly Archive:: December 2011

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The Veneto: History, romance and spectacular scenery

Verona: “Romeo, Romeo where for art thou Romeo?” we wondered as we gazed up at Juliet’s balcony in the historic centre of Verona. Alas, no Romeo, just Will, our fellow colleague.   Piazza dell’Erbe: Verona, one of the most fascinating cities of Italy, is rich in Roman,

A short break to the ‘world’s most appealing island destination’*

The archipelago of the Faroe Islands, consisting of 18 islands, is situated in the North Atlantic, halfway between Iceland and Scotland. This blog details my experiences, and highlights, during my recent visit to this island destination; I hope that you enjoy it. First impressions: The Faroe Islands

Tiradentes, the Brazilian tooth-pulling freedom fighter

Mention the name of Tiradentes to many Brazilians and they will probably tell you with great pride about one of their national heroes. Tiradentes is considered the first significant player in the fight for independence from Portugal, a struggle that would last over 30 years before the

Discover the Koster Islands, Sweden’s Secret Hideaway

However highly you value your own geographical knowledge, unless you happen to have been there it is highly unlikely that you will have heard of Sweden’s Koster Islands. Don’t worry; many Swedes are blissfully unaware of this rarely visited pair of tiny dots off their country’s west

Winter in Portugal: the perfect escape

As we approach the longest night of the year the temperature, just like the remaining leaves on the trees, keeps quietly falling. The sun is becoming a rare sight while the wind whistles around the window frames, reminding us not to venture out without our layers of