Tag: City Break

The ultimate micro-brewery tour of Prague

Czech Republic

The ultimate micro-brewery tour of Prague

Beer is big business in Prague. Of course if you knew about its stag party reputation you’d know this already, and if you just thought Prague was a romantic capital city with a very famous bridge it might surprise you. However, although beer (and specifically Urquell, Prague’s cheap as chips pilsner) is big business, lurking underneath that is a pretty awesome craft beer and micro-brewery culture waiting to be explored.

We set about visiting three of the finest on a brewery tour of Prague organised by with Discover Prague and learnt a huge amount about the micro-brewery scene with our Brew Master Gary. We drank a lot too, but it was all in the name of fact finding, right?

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Krakow City Guide – a truly mythical destination

Poland

Krakow City Guide – a truly mythical destination

Krakow was another of my 2016 adventures, and it was an unexpected gem of a destination and definitely high up of my list of places to travel to again. I was recommended by a friend to visit, and it was so budget friendly that I combined it with my trip to Prague, via a bumpy sleeper train.

If you are looking for an extremely friendly city to visit, that has both good food and vodka, and so much interesting culture and history to explore, Krakow is your destination. As with many Eastern European cities, there is a lot of WWII historical places to see, a thriving Jewish community and the most beautiful architecture and buildings you’ll ever experience.

What are we waiting for?! Let’s jump straight in.

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A first timers guide to Paris

France

A first timers guide to Paris

So I told a bit of a lie in this post title. Technically this wasn’t my first time in the City of Light.

Let me tell you about my prior experience of Paris before we begin. Back in 2010, I took between 40-50 teenage girls to Paris on a school day trip. Yes, just picture that for a second. I wasn’t a teacher, but I used to manage volunteering and community for a large law firm and one of our community projects was to take local teenagers on a day trip to improve their French. It was a long, difficult and tiring day and it gave me so much horror that I never revisited the idea of travelling to Paris again.

Over the years I’d heard divisive opinions about the French capital which only added to my reluctance to travel, but given its proximity to the UK and my plan to fit in as many European city breaks as possible this year, I cast my fears aside, bit the bullet and booked a trip.

The question is, would my reluctance be well-founded?

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Berlin City Guide – Where History Meets Culture

Germany

Berlin City Guide – Where History Meets Culture

I’ve loved Germany since I was a 90s teenager, visiting with the school to practice our language skills. I studied German all the way through school right up to A Level, and my love of the language combined with the history geek inside me meant my obsession with Germany grew and grew. I finally got to visit Berlin aged 17, and the city was as overwhelming and interesting and quirky as I’d hoped it would be.

It took me 16 long years to visit again – this time, better prepared for what would await me. Combining my love of Berlin and Christmas, we visited for just two nights in December and embraced the cold, the markets, the history – and the magic something that Berlin has which is indescribable.

Here’s my full Berlin City Guide – how to spend two nights seeing all the main attractions, eating sausage and falling in love with one of Europe’s most interesting destinations.

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Prague City Guide – Culture, Castles and Czech Charm

Czech Republic

Prague City Guide – Culture, Castles and Czech Charm

Prague is a city that has long been on my big list of European cities I must see. I had long heard that it was my Uncle’s favourite place, and the romance of the Charles Bridge, the maze of cobbled lanes and hidden courtyards and the hilltop fairytale castle had my wanderlust on high alert. However, Prague also has a terrible stag party reputation which goes hand in hand with its moniker as the beer capital of Europe.

This seedy reputation of many Eastern European countries, the cheap and cheerful piss up city with eye-wateringly budget flights and groups of British men roaming in packs put me off discovering this European gem for so long. But those pictures of pretty Prague weaved their way into my heart – so I decided to find out if its rich history could win out over its stag-party reputation.

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