City breaks are commonly seen as the preserve of couples, HouseTrip conducted the research to help parents find the city that is most welcoming to families, so that they too can enjoy the city break experience and for a little while at least credibly say “Ich bin ein Berliner”.
The research examined a number of factors important to families both living in a city and visiting for a holiday in 15 different locations across Europe. Areas analysed included pollution and greenery, safety and crime levels, cultural attractions and prices, in order to crown an overall winner which scored the highest across all of the categories. Continue reading
The heat is on and according to some reports it’s not going to get turned down for a while as we reach the mid point of what is predicted to be one of the hottest European summers on record. This is great news, but don’t underestimate how important cooling off will be once the mercury starts to rise, especially in Europe’s cities.
Ernest Hemingway once said “…it is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.” The same is true for cities, you get to cover more ground quickly, feel the shape of the land you peddle over. With recent years seeing more and more urban areas around the world introducing public bike-sharing schemes and miles of brand new bike paths to encourage exploring on two wheels, there are so many amazing urban bike routes out there. Here are just a few of my favourites you should coast along one day. Continue reading
So far this summer everything seems to be about watching men I don’t know kick balls about, seeing men I wouldn’t admit to knowing whizzing about in questionable Lycra and wondering how David Beckam ended up at Wimbledon dressed for a Grouse Shoot c. 1922.
Thanks be then for the blissful breath of Alpine air that is The Salzburg Music Festival. Five weeks of opera, drama and classical concerts in one of Austria’s most beautiful cities where sporting is sharing your bag of Mozartkugel and any biting is strictly verboten. Apart from a few ancient Zen gardens in Kyoto, I can’t think of anywhere more civilised than Salzburg this July and August. Continue reading
Passion and independence define Madrid’s booksellers. They don’t just give you a bit of peace and sanctuary from the Emperor’s New Clothes or the likes of J. K. Rowling’s agonisingly alliterative attempts at adult angst or another 50 shades of purple prose. They have a reverence for books born of necessity, not really surprising when you think about Spain’s 20th century political history. Continue reading