Lanterns and lion statues in London's Chinatown

Chinese New Year in London

Chinese New Year is celebrated in London in style. On the weeks before the main event, normally held on a Sunday, Chinatown streets in London’s West End are adorned with hundreds of red paper lanterns. The celebrations start with a parade through Central London with floats, lion dances and the sound of firecrackers going off…

View of the front entrance to Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle: the loveliest castle in the world

Leeds Castle is not as the name would suggest anywhere near the city of Leeds but it is in fact in Kent not far from Maidstone. Advertised as “the loveliest castle in the world” it makes for a perfect day trip from London. Connected by train from London Victoria, it takes just over an hour…

View of a row of colorful houses in Burano

Murano and Burano, a tale of two islands

Murano and Burano are two islands of the Venetian Lagoon and can be easily included on the itinerary on a trip to Venice. Many tourists spend just one day in the city as part of a tour of Italy or as one of the stops on a cruise around the Med but, people who have…

View of the village of Corricella

Capri, Ischia and Procida, Mediterranean beauty

Visitors to Naples and the Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy, should not miss the opportunity to visit the three islands found in the Gulf of Naples: Ischia, Procida and Capri. They are all connected to the mainland by ferry and hydrofoil from Naples or Sorrento; probably the most famous of the three islands is Capri, for…

One of London Zoo tigers

London Zoo, a wild day out

A visit to London Zoo in Regent’s Park is an educational and entertaining day out enjoyed by children and adults too. There are over 750 species at the zoo so, some careful planning is necessary to get to see as many animals as possible; tickets can be purchased at the gates or online where a number of…

The green lawn at Kensington Palace

London’s Kensington Palace and Gardens

Kensington Gardens are part of London’s Royal Parks; almost an extension of Hyde Park they cover an area of West London between Knightsbridge and Bayswater. The Royal Albert Hall, one of the most important music venues in the world, is located just across Kensington Gardens. Opposite is the Albert Memorial, a monument commemorating the death…

View of the famous Old Bridge in Mostar

Mostar and the new Old Bridge

The small town of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina sadly came to the world’s attention in November 1993 when, during the Bosnian War, the Old Bridge which stood over the river Neretva since 1566, was destroyed by heavy bombardments of the city. After the war ended, the bridge was meticulously reconstructed and it has once…

The small village of Perast

A short trip to Montenegro

Before and after the break up of the Republic of Yugoslavia, Croatia has been a favorite tourist destination in Europe for its climate, beautiful beaches and historic towns; but, for tourists venturing further south, another gem on the Adriatic coast is waiting to be discovered: Montenegro. After leaving Dubrovnik following the coastal road past the…

View of Ponte Pietra in Verona

Verona: star-crossed lovers and Roman ruins

“For never was a story of more woe Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.” William Shakespeare. There are a number of theories on why Shakespeare did choose Verona in Italy as the set of the star-crossed lovers story but, it cannot be argued, that the city has a very romantic aura all year long,…

View of colorful houses of Torbole in Italy

Lake Garda: beaches, sun and olive groves

Lake Garda is the largest of the Italian lakes with a surface area of 369.98 km²; situated in the North of Italy, it is about 25 miles from the city of Verona and its international airport. In summer, tourists flock to the lake to top up their sun tan on one of the numerous beaches…