Famed for its tennis legacy, there is much, much more to Wimbledon than watch tennis while overdosing on strawberries and cream. Read on to find out what you can do in the great South London ‘burb of SW19. Continue reading
Yawning baby pandas are all very cute, but if you wanted the undying devotion of millions of followers back in the 13th century you really had to go for the big guns. Step forward St. Anthony of Padua. Legend has it that Saint Anthony (plain old Tony at the time), heartily sick of the lukewarm response to his sermons in Rimini, took to the sea shore in a holy fit of pique claiming he’d be better off preaching to the fishes than his disinterested flock. Turns out he was right. The fish (particularly sardines) loved him. Thousands upon thousands of them were witnessed rising out of the water, enthralled, mesmerised, swaying, nodding (no evidence exists, but if that’s what they say rapturous 13th century sardines got up to, who am I to argue?) And it clearly did the trick for Saint Anthony, he went on to be Patron Saint of matchmaking, lost things and Lisbon. Continue reading
Summer is celebrated for many reasons – sunshine, holidays, time off work – but for others summer is a time for celebration as they don long black robes and throw flat black hats into the air. I’m talking about the thousands of students who will be graduating over the next few months.
However, universities are not just for students. They are often beautiful, historic buildings that add great cultural value to a city; things many travellers are on the hunt for. With this in mind here are ten of Europe’s most beautiful universities well worth visiting. Continue reading
Getting lost in Paris isn’t so easy these days. Doesn’t matter where you are in the city a disembodied voice will mangle street names at you until you’re exactly where you want to be, at the appointed time, all synchronised and nicely tidied and touristy. Take a wrong turn and the voice recalibrates and herds you back on track like a demented cyber-collie road-testing an electric-blue energy drink.
Good news if you’re on a sort of historic monument Supermarket Sweep. But for those who love a meander and long for the days when you had to get your bearings by having a beer and asking the waiter, it’s all a bit organised. Where’s the romance, the chance discovery, the excuse to sit in cafés, drink beer, philosophise?
Now the trick is to, ‘think lost’. You don’t need to go phone-less, you just need to put yourself in the way of places you might have happened on by chance in the good old days when doing Paris without a plan was still a possibility. I like to think of it as ‘determined drifting’. Here are a few suggestions to get started with but beware, aimlessness can be highly addictive once you get the hang of it. Continue reading
Berlin’s dynamic personality is best experienced by visiting as many different neighbourhoods as you can. And rather than stand around when you get there with no clue what to do, you could set out on a street food and market tour of the city. From weekly farmers’ markets serving up fresh breads, organic cheeses and recently plucked vegetables to stalls selling aromatic street foods from around the world, these are the foodie markets in Berlin you, quite simply, just have to visit – one for each day of the week. Continue reading