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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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Hiking in Iceland – Four Lessons in Four Days

Today’s blog comes from Nathan Skolski a born explorer capturing the world through the eye of his Fujifilm camera lens. Let’s hear how he got on trekking the Laugavegurinn trail in Iceland…

Iceland is a powerful country. Its raw coastlines, staggering peaks and sizzling geothermal valleys are unlike anywhere on earth. It’s a mythical place where stories of trolls lurking amid volcanic boulders in the morning mist give a healthy dose of wonder to even this most ardent of sceptics.
Laugavegurinn Trek
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When to visit Iceland? Summer vs. Winter

What do you think of when you think of Iceland? Let me guess, ice? But there’s more to this icy nation than meets the eye with it’s epic waterfalls, abundance of wildlife, blue lagoons and quirky capital. This frozen land actually makes for an awesome all year round getaway. But when exactly should you visit? Well let’s break it down and weigh up the pros and cons of Summer vs. Winter in Iceland…

Summer in Iceland

Iceland’s summer runs from June through to August, you’ll expect to find average temperatures of around 10-13 degrees Celsius. On a really warm summer day temperatures can reach to about 20 to 25 degrees Celsius. With the warm weather comes a lush, green landscape that sets the perfect backdrop for a summer road trip.
Hot pools Iceland
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A Parisian Foodie Agenda

The number one rule for a true Parisian is to know exactly where to find the perfect rendezvous spot. Paris’ dining culture is world renowned from the chic to the more simplistic. We’ve pulled together a list of some of the most classic spots in the city to take your cherie.

So take note of this delicieux foodie agenda and get ready for the ultimate rendezvous…

L’Atelier

L'Atelier

Image: www.cafelatelierparis.com

Just a few minutes away from the Rue de Rennes and Gare Montparnasse, L’Atelier is a classic Parisian hangout. Open 24hours, you can grab a bite to eat any time of day! Whether you’re coming back from a night out or starting your day, head to L’Atelier for a delicious traditional French brunch. Enjoy a hot cup of coffee, fresh juice, scrambled eggs with bacon or salmon on its beautiful terrace. When you’re finished, head towards the Jardin du Luxembourg to walk off some of those croissants!
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The very best of Southern Italy!

Italy has so much to offer a spirited traveller, just check out our blog on the very best of Northern Italy and you’ll see why. But the South of Italy is just bursting with gorgeous coastlines and historical gems all begging to be explored! Don’t believe us? See it for yourself, here are a few ideas to get your travel bug going.

Spend a day in Ancient Rome

ROME
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