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This year for our anniversary we decided to forgo the gifts and trifles and opted instead to indulge in a weekend getaway. The soothing thermal waters and tranquil setting of Sirmione beckoned to us from the shores of Lake Garda. We packed our swimsuits and flip-flops and headed for the lake.

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Madrid is often left off the tour schedules of international bands- well, non Spanish speaking ones. Location doesn’t help and some feel they can tick the Spain box with Barcelona, considered more in tune with the international music “vibe”. To an extent true, but these days the Spanish-European link is stretching further than the Catalan capital and Madrid is mixing more European live music into its already well developed and certainly well appreciated local and national scene.

Music Venue in Madrid

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Colorado is a feast for the eyes any season of the year and each season offers a host of activities for the adrenaline junkie. Colorado has more 14,000-foot peaks than other state, which provides endless vistas and endless adventure. Whether you like to ski, board, telemark or simply be outside Colorado is your destination. read full article

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White sandy beaches, coconut palms, diving, snorkelling, luxurious spa treatments, excellent food – Koh Samui is Thailand’s dream holiday island. read full article

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London‘s Angel is full of little secret places, but by far the most interesting part of the area is Camden Passage. A higgledy-piggledy haven of market stalls, independent shops and cute little bars. Things change quickly around here. One minute there’s a guy selling vintage shoes, the next he’s moved on a there’s lots of vintage crockery in his place. But there are a few permanent features that deserve a mention. Here’s a little rundown of my favourite places:

London Camden Passage

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With its cool northern climate Stockholm shows it best side in the summer, when the days are warm and the nights are bright. The city is beautifully located in the Stockholm archipelago, which stretches on into the Baltic sea in a breathtaking landscape. Every day, boats leave from the docks in central Stockholm for a summery cruise through the islands. Whether you want to return to the city or overnight on one of the islands is up to you, there is always another boat the next day.

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Winding between the River Danube and the Buda Hills, an unusual geological fault line sends hundreds of thermal springs bubbling to the surface of Hungary’s capital city, Budapest.

Budapest Gellert Thermal Baths

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Berlin, often referred to as a “poor, but sexy” city is the political and cultural capital of Germany. Although it attracts a steady stream of artists, writers, and intellectuals, there is something for all tastes, interests, and budgets.

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Helsinki is guilty of hiding its light under a bushel as its main attractions are little known outside Finland itself.

Soumenlinna Helsinki Fortress

However, the city is becoming more and more popular with visitors read full article

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Forget about beer and bratwurst, Bavaria’s beautiful capital city, Munich, is also home to one of Germany’s most significant cultural destinations: the Kunstareal.

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For many people the writings of James Joyce represent the apex of Irish literature and possibly even that of the English language, while for others his works, especially the magnum opus Ulysses, can seem impenetrable at best.

James Joyce Tour in Dublin

People in the former category are bound to revel in the opportunity to see Dublin through the eyes read full article

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In Milan, Parco Sempione, as it is known by the Milanese, is a 116 acre urban park which is situated between the Castello Sforzesco (Sforza Castle) and the Piazza Sempione. It is beautifully landscaped with a number of formal gardens, fountains, and monuments as well as providing visitors with a spectacular view of the Arco della Pace.

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For the traveler that focuses on international cuisine, there is nothing better than venturing off to Paris

and experiencing the numerous dining venues that are literally available around every corner. read full article

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Many people may be confused when it comes to Lego

Legoland in Germany

and believe that is still just about the small building blocks that can be put together by industrious tykes to produce simple pirate ships and castles. read full article

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Unlike some cities, Lisbon has a wealth of public transport options available.

Tram in Lavra, Lisbon

This is useful as Lisbon is built on a series of seven hills and the valleys in between them that can make life difficult read full article

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