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  • Exploring the new Wales Way

    Exploring the new Wales Way

    January 30th, 2018Norm Longley
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    The new Wales Way is a trio of action-packed routes that snake their way through the glorious Welsh landscape. Norm Longley reports on some of their highlights.

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  • 7 reasons you need to go to Romania now

    7 reasons you need to go to Romania now

    October 25th, 2016Norm Longley
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    A vast, remarkably diverse country, Romania packs in an outstanding synthesis of natural and cultural heritage, from majestic mountain ranges and Europe’s most extensive wetlands to startlingly pretty medieval towns and timeless villages. Add to the mix some of the continent’s most impressive ecclesiastical monuments, invigorating treks and an abundance of spectacular wildlife, and you’ve…

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  • 11 things you’ll learn while backpacking Eastern Europe

    11 things you’ll learn while backpacking Eastern Europe

    August 1st, 2016Norm Longley
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    Eastern Europe has become a popular, mysterious even, destination for the intrepid backpacker. While it’s undoubtedly impressive in its diversity, there are a number of universal lessons that every traveller will learn at some point during their time here. As you embark upon a trip to this huge swathe of the continent, richly textured by history…

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  • 6 reasons why Sarajevo is the coolest city in the Balkans

    6 reasons why Sarajevo is the coolest city in the Balkans

    July 27th, 2016Norm Longley
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    For many visitors, Sarajevo means two things: the setting for the outbreak of WWI, and, from 1992–96, being subjected to the longest siege in the history of modern warfare. The city’s recent, traumatic history is of course well documented, but what is perhaps less well known is what a warm, welcoming and fabulously cool destination…

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  • 10 great reasons to visit Northern Ireland

    10 great reasons to visit Northern Ireland

    December 7th, 2015Norm Longley
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    It has often had to play second fiddle to its southern neighbour, but Northern Ireland offers a diversity of attractions that frequently confounds first-time visitors. Rejuvenated and irrepressible, Belfast now rivals any of the UK’s capital cities, but in addition, the country manifests superb natural heritage – including one of the world’s great coastal road…

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  • Coffee, cocktails and communism in Bucharest

    Coffee, cocktails and communism in Bucharest

    August 14th, 2015Norm Longley
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    It’s fair to say that Bucharest is usually given a wide berth by most travellers eager to reach the country’s more obvious sights, such as Transylvania, but this is a shame. Romania’s invigorating capital has much to commend it. Beyond the welter of concrete – which in itself has a strange allure – you’ll find…

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  • 10 reasons why Cardiff is one of the coolest cities in the UK

    10 reasons why Cardiff is one of the coolest cities in the UK

    July 17th, 2015Norm Longley
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    Capital of Wales since 1955, Cardiff is unrecognisable even from just a few years ago. With an exhilarating mix of heavyweight cultural sights, exciting regeneration projects – not least the revitalized Cardiff Bay – world-class sport, a prolific music scene and some seriously banging nightlife, it’s easy to see why Cardiff now ranks alongside London…

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  • Budapest: the perfect summer break

    Budapest: the perfect summer break

    July 1st, 2015Norm Longley
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    Essentially two cities in one – Buda and Pest – Hungary’s magnificent capital is now firmly established as one of Europe’s most enticing destinations. Its dramatic setting astride the Danube is reason enough to visit, but the city packs in a multitude of things to see and do. First and foremost, no visitor to Budapest…

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  • Inside Europe’s most expansive cave system

    Inside Europe’s most expansive cave system

    June 22nd, 2015Norm Longley
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    Of Slovenia’s many show caves, none has quite the pulling power of Postojna, located in the heart of the country’s beguiling Karst region. And, at more than 20km long, it is Europe’s most expansive cave system. Writing about Postojna in the seventeenth century, the great Slovene polymath Janez Vajkard Valvasor remarked: “in some places you…

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  • Lyon: the French city that has it all

    Lyon: the French city that has it all

    June 1st, 2015Norm Longley
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    Forget Paris. Lyon is currently where it’s at, and whilst it’s reputation as France’s culinary capital is fully justified – twenty-two Michelin stars and counting – there’s a great deal more to this colourful city than gluttony. A flourish of fabulous new accommodation, cultural sights galore, and a raft of exciting festivals will keep you…

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