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There are two undeniable things about the Bahamas. The first is that the island chain represents possibly the global pinnacle of luxurious holiday making in beautiful surroundings.

Bahamas sunny beachPhoto by Vagabond Shutterbug

The second is that this comes at a price, often a fantastically high price that makes the islands the preserve of the rich and glamorous. read full article



London has lots of ice skating rinks, many of them right in the heart of the city. Here are some of the best places to go ice skating in London.

london ice skating

Ice Skating in Hyde Park

The Winter Wonderland theme park comes to London’s Hyde Park every year before Christmas with lots of seasonal activities and a very popular ice skating rink. Hyde Park is a nice setting for skating and you can also browse the German Christmas Market, check out the Christmas Circus and enjoy a hot drink in the bar. read full article



Located in the central part of Romania, Transylvania is most commonly known because of Count Dracula, Bram Stoker’s most famous character but it is actually one of the most beautiful regions in Eastern Europe.

Bran Castle, DraculaBran Castle, Transylvania, Romania. Photo by Horla Varlan

It is rich in myth and medieval sites like castles, fortresses, monasteries and fortified churches, some of the very well preserved. read full article



Switzerland is world renowned for its great ski destinations. The Alps in the southern part of the country and Jura to the northwest, attract winter sports aficionados from all over the world. The following article provides information on some of the best ski resorts in Switzerland.

switzerland ski resorts

Andermatt – is one of those popular ski resorts that lull you into a sense of getting in touch with the season and well-being. read full article



Many of the locals as well as international travelers rave about the nightlife in Riga and oftentimes refer to it as the Latvian city that never sleeps. There is no time of the year that this is more apparent than during the summers when the sun sets for only brief periods. The Riga nightlife typically starts between 8 and 9 pm when locals and tourists begin to cluster in the many cocktail bars and restaurants in the city. It is usually between 10 and 11 pm when the nightclubs open for business.

nightlife in riga

Women are typically the first individuals to arrive at the clubs as they are not charged a cover fee and the prices they pay are discounted up until midnight. read full article



Switzerland is one of the best places in Europe to visit traditional Christmas markets. The city of Zurich alone has several good markets in November and December. Zurich city centre gets its Christmas lights in the end of November when the famous shopping street Bahnhofstrasse is decorated for the holidays. From the traditional Christmas Market in Zurich’s old city to the annual Christkindlimarkt, here are the best places to go Christmas shopping in Zurich.

christmas shopping in zurich

Bahnhofstrasse Christmas Shopping

Zurich’s most famous and possibly most luxurious shopping street, Bahnhofstrasse, is decorated for the holiday season in the end of November. read full article



Stockholm Archipelago is a mosaic of numerous skerries, islets and islands scattered in the Baltic Sea. However, only 1,000 are populated.

Sailing in Sweden archipelagoPhoto: Getty Images

These serene landmasses are accessible by boats (classic white archipelago boats) or cars. Some islands are tiny while others are huge. Most of the islands are not affected by tides. The archipelago, the home of fishermen and farmers, has inspired many Swedish writers and artists. read full article



So you’ve checked Florence’s major sites off the list: David, the Uffizi gallery, Piazza della Signoria and the Ponte Vecchio to name a few. Now what?

florence: 24 hoursPhoto: Getty Images, Corbis

Florence’s historic, cultural and artistic treasures are undeniably many of the world’s best. But that’s not the only thing the city has to offer. And 24 hours are all you need to discover how to live it up like a true Florentine! read full article



I remember trying to convince my ex boyfriend to stay in a castle in Gloucester. Apparently it wasn’t a real holiday because it wasn’t abroad (he then balked at the prices of castles abroad and that was the end of that). But I like the idea of going on holiday in the UK. There’s loads of the country that I haven’t seen, and I really want to. There are some really unique hotels around UK, and here are the top three that I’m itching to try.

uk: unique hotels

The Old Railway Station

Rail travel is something I’ve romanticised for years. It’s Brief Encounter’s fault. And the Orient Express. read full article



Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe

For those who are wondering why Thanksgiving is such an important celebration in the United States, here are some Thanksgiving facts: read full article



Helsinki is a small city but has a vibrant nightlife. Most pubs, bars, clubs in Helsinki stay open until 2 to 4 am, and there are late night clubs, concerts, events and gigs almost every night of the week.

nightlife in helsinki

The age limit to enter Helsinki’s bars and clubs can be anywhere between 18 and 24. On weekends many clubs have a minimum age of at least 20. Ordinary bars and pubs generally keep the age limit at 18. read full article



Spending the run up to Christmas in the UKs capital is festive tradition at its best. London of course has some of the best Christmas shopping in the world; although if you are looking for something a little different to celebrate the build up of this magical time of year, here is a selection of yuletide activities the city has to offer for 2010.

London: things to do at christmas

5k Santa Run/Christmas Pudding Race

If you feel like something a little bit different, even a bit of winter exercise to help you keep those unwanted holiday lbs at bay, head to Greenwich Park on Sunday 5th December where they are holding their annual 5K Santa race. read full article



The Krakow Industrial Heritage Route, a unique urban tourist trail, winds through the historic Polish city Krakow. Over fifteen architectural, historic and industrial landmarks build in 19th – 20th century are restored along the route and draw tourists, especially those interested in building art, cultural heritage, engineering, technology and vehicles including motorcycles. Read on to know more about various beautiful landmarks.

Krakow Industrial Heritage Route

Juliusz Słowacki Theatre (Municipal Theatre) at Sw. Ducha Square was the first structure in the city to have electric light. The theatre, opened in 1893 for public, was taken over by the German troupe during the World War II. It had its own electricity generation plant that now features a small stage. Currently, there are four stages in the theatre that epitomizes Eclectic architecture. Allegorical figures of comedy, drama and poetry adorn its front elevation. read full article



Vienna, the capital of Austria, is a paradise for all shopping addicts. Not only are there numerous brand shops in the city center, there are also many shopping malls. Some of them have a central location, but many of them are in Vienna’s surrounding. Explore the best options before you decide to go for your shopping trip. Don’t forget, all shopping malls in Austria are closed on Sundays.

vienna: shopping malls

Shopping City Süd

Shopping City Süd is 1 km long mall with more than 330 shops that offer not only clothes and shoes but also home equipment and electronic devices. read full article



In all honesty I would not choose Madrid as a top destination for 2nd hand clothes shopping. Not saying that there is nothing on offer, it just takes a little more time and effort than in other cities with a more active vintage scene.

vintage shops in madrid

Although saying that, its all part of the fun of second hand shopping, sweating through endless racks of clothes to finally find that one piece that suits you down to a tee, and that you know no-one else will have! This trend though, along with cupcakes, is on the rise in Madrid and little vintage boutiques are popping up and drawing attention. read full article