Some come to Europe for the history, others arrive for the culture and there are those who travel there to admire the continent’s varied landscapes. And then there are those who come to eat. Not pizza in Italy, not schnitzel in Austria, nor paella in Spain, but burgers, glorious burgers, everywhere.
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
While I know you’re all feverishly checking out the new listings that get added to HouseTrip every week, I’m also aware that you’re just as eager to know about new routes on offer from Europe’s low-cost airlines. After all, if you can grab a bargain flight and affordable accommodation this will leave you the maximum amount of spending money for your holiday. So, I did a little research and here are some of the best new low-cost airline routes you may want to consider for your next city break or summer holiday. 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