Visiting Stockholm for the First Time: an Unexpected Adventure


Scandinavia: that little bit further up, that little bit more mysterious, that road slightly less travelled. For those who summon the gumption to venture north to more intemperate climes, Sweden is a must. Its rewards lay out in abundance: one of its chief selling points, its capital: Stockholm. It’s often remarked that the best trips are the ones with which little expectation is placed. Such was ... Read Full Article

Cycling through Charlottenburg : The Leafy Side of Berlin

The Schloss-001

You’ve probably heard the common line about Berlin: a poor but sexy concrete Neverland, simmering with smoky bars and clubs that rage to the break of the next week’s dawn. While the racy capital’s hedonistic reputation definitely checks out, there’s a lot more to it than that. On a gloriously sunny, summer day we took a cycle ride from our HQ in the southern (and much more raucous) district of ... Read Full Article

Things to do in Istanbul: Beyoğlu and Beyond

The Galata Tower in Istanbul

For the first timer, or even the consummate return visitor, Istanbul’s endless sprawl and depth can be an overwhelming experience to take in. The history alone of this one-time Roman, Byzantinian, Latin and Ottoman capital is a colossal enough task to bite into, without even beginning to take on its sheer physical size and stunning range of things to see and do. As they say: when you’re eating an ... Read Full Article

10 Exciting and Innovative Berlin Restaurants

Bandol Sur Mer entrance

Unlike France and the relatively proximate nations of the Mediterranean, Germany is not traditionally known for its cutting edge cuisine. Meat in tube form, pork knuckle and vast quantities of bier remain some of the more enduring gastronomic icons that the Deutsch have spared upon the world (not necessarily a bad thing either). However, in 2015, all that is changing – particularly exciting things ... Read Full Article

Falling in Love with Porto, Portugal

# 22 tram in Porto

On our final morning in Lisbon, we meandered along the winding cobbled lanes of Alfama and leapt aboard a three-hour train ride north to Portugal’s second largest city: Porto. It would be a tough act to follow after such a rich and magical time in the City of Seven Hills, but Porto proved equally stunning and memorable. We soon began our love affair with Porto, Portugal. Porto is a UNESCO ... Read Full Article

The Magic of Lisbon

sunset over Alfama

There’s no city on earth like Lisbon. To feel the vista of sunset drizzling over terracotta tenements and the Pombaline rococo of the old town; to husk over cold cerveza in the dulcet twilight of the banks of the Tejo as the Ponte 25 de Abril bridge blends into nightfall; to see the number 28 tram rattle and clank through cloistered, cobbled amber-lit laneways of Alfama – all of this is to ... Read Full Article

A Day with Frederick the Great and Sans Souci in Potsdam

The park and gardens of Sans Souci

When it comes to popular north German destinations, Berlin certainly hogs its share of the attention. Yet to visit Berlin alone would mean ignoring the multitude of equally fascinating locations near and around. One of the more impressive is much closer than you’d think, a conveniently short U-Bahn ride from the capital itself. Welcome to Potsdam. Potsdam, like Berlin, is a city steeped in ... Read Full Article

Discovering Berlin’s Bohemian Rixdorf

Welcome Sign to Richardplatz in Rixdorf

 It’s one of those crisp, grim Berlin days, the kind that makes you feel like you’ve walked into a refrigerator as soon as you leave the front door. I’ve decided to take a walk down Sonnenallee (sun alley) in the Neukolln neighbourhood, a busy strip lined with Turkish doner restaurants, Arabic groceries and Internet cafes. One of the last things you’d expect to run into at this point is an ... Read Full Article

A Fast Guide to Berlin’s Rapidly Transforming Neighborhoods

Landwherkenal, Kreuzberg

Of all Europe’s capitals, Berlin is one of the most geographically unique in that it doesn’t have much of a city ‘centre’. In its day, cutting the city down the line, the Berlin Wall created two separate hubs, depriving the reunified modern capital of an organic ‘downtown’. While a ‘centre’ has developed since the reunification years (in the form of the ‘Mitte’ district) it is arguably within the ... Read Full Article

The Crazy Days! ‘Carnival’ All Over Europe

Carnival in Venice

The ritual of ‘Carnival’ has been a prominent institution of cultural life since well beyond the days of antiquity—Ancient Greeks and Romans honoured deities Dionysus and Bacchus with wine feasts and orgies; Germanic Tribes chased wild winter spirits during the smoky nights of the ‘Rauchnachte’; Christians continued on with festivities of their own, with countless offshoots of festive tradition ... Read Full Article