Three to See – Alternative Liverpool

Liverpool is without question one of the UK's greatest cities. A vibrant mix of heritage and culture, commerce and nightlife, it offers something for every visitor to enjoy - and a few surprises they might not have been expecting. For in among the exceptional architecture, the bustling docks, the retail havens and the characteristically welcoming …

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Berlin’s Hidden Gem – Museum Nikolaikirche

One of the delights of visiting a city is finding the hidden gems. They are the sort of places where locals outnumber tourists (or, better still, where you find yourself entirely alone), and where you are provided with an authentic sense of the history, culture and atmosphere without the need for a guide book or …

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Worldly Wonders: Bruges’ Windmills

We travel to discover something new. A place, a sight, a feeling. It was my third visit to Bruges and this time I wanted to find the little marks on the map that looked like buried treasure. To not only see them, but to absorb their atmosphere and history too. An x marks the spot, …

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Travel Must-See – The Begijnhof, Bruges

On a cool but bright Autumn morning I walked from my hotel to the centre of Bruges and realised this was it - I felt at home. It was my first visit to this miniature medieval masterpiece, and I was instantly swept away by the tranquil buildings yawning in the rising light, the still waterways …

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A Hidden Gem – The Portico Library

It's late morning on a Saturday and the city centre of Manchester is brimming with activity. The streets are filled with people with things to do and places to be. The shop tills ring, the cappucino machines squeal, and delicious smells waft their way from street food vendors. It is unashamedly vibrant, outspoken and proud; …

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Three to See – Alternative Artworks

Making weekend plans? Need some inspiration? Or maybe you just want an excuse to leave the laundry til later? Grab a sketchbook, your camera or a travel buddy, and head to any or all of these three exhibitions each offering an alternative kind of artwork. Guaranteed to give you something to talk about in the …

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Montmartre (Paris) for Beginners

There are many reasons to visit Paris, but most travellers come here looking for romance - this is a city to fall in love with. Beautiful buildings, picturesque parklands, and a wealth of glorious art, history, fashion and food, make the 'city of light' a place of true escapism. For first-timers, there's no better place …

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