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5 of Europe’s most enchanting Christmas markets

Foliage covered wooden huts, the scent of mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and allll the melted Nutella. Yep you’ve got it, Christmas markets are on their way and boy does Europe know how to put on a show! So grab a scarf, mittens and a bag to fill up with  decorations and get exploring some of Europe’s most enchanting offerings. We’ll meet you in the beer tent…

1. Vilnius, Lithuania

With its medieval layout, baroque cityscape, and cobblestone streets, the heart of Lithuania’s capital city, Vilnius, charms in any season of the year. But with a dusting of snow across the medieval castles, Vilnius is all the more stunning, especially when viewed from the 22nd floor from the town’s coveted Skybar. We can’t explain the locals love for Frank Zappa, but during the winter months – this laid back city is a truly enchanting wonderland.

magical christmas lithuania
Image: Delfi

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48 hour fling with Copenhagen

We’re sorry London, step aside, there’s a new capital city that’s the apple of our eye: the Danish charmer Co’PENG’hagen. Here’s 8 reasons why it’s got exactly what it takes to make a traveller swoon.

1. Open sandwich status

And we thought poached eggs and avo on toast were exotic. Perrrrlease. The Danes are taking centre stage with the ‘smorrebrod’, aka a Danish style open sandwich extravaganza. Enjoy in the Torvehallerne market or as a light lunch in most restaurants and cafés.

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Slovenian slap hunting

Okay, first things first. A slap in Slovenia means waterfall, but how often have you read the term ‘waterfall chasing ’ within blog titles – I wanted but I had to grab your attention somehow right? So whack on those trainers, grab your swim gear and let’s get slap searching!

Before we get there, let me fill you in on me. My name’s Lauren Barratt and I started The Adventure Diary back in 2016 after taking a break from teacher life and travelling in a van through Europe. I lived the ‘van life’ for 4 months, visiting a number of countries such as Norway, Sweden, Croatia and most importantly Slovenia.

But now back to the important stuff….

Slap Kozjak:

One of Slovenia’s hidden beauties! Located within a cave the water pours down through a crack which opens up right above your head. To get to the waterfall you’ll need to make your way across a risky walk way attached to the wall. But it is well worth it!

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8 of the UK’s best summer pop-ups

With a BYOB beach boasting sandy floors and pastel coloured huts, to an old school drive-in cinema, it’s clear that 2017 is the year of the pop-up. To ensure you’re acquainted with the UK’s top going-ons, we got in touch with DesignMyNight for their top summer picks.

neverland london pop up

Neverland, London

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ASOS Insider: Shope Delano in Croatia

Last summer we followed ASOS insider Shope Delano on her Croatia sailing trip and omg did she have the most sun-filled, blue-skied, blissful time EVER! Shope spent 8 days on a yacht sailing the Adriatic coast from Split to Dubrovnik, stopping off at hidden beaches, party islands and cultural cities. Does life really get much better than that?

Here’s a little rundown of her time spent sailing one of the most picturesque coastlines in the world…

Time for take off

“Should count my lucky stars as i’m leaving this dreary weather behind and am off to sail around Croatia with STA Travel” – Shope Delano
Time to take off
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