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Manchester Nightlife Guide: Tips from a Local

To say that the nightlife in Manchester is legendary would not be overstating it, and in this  detailed post I will try to explain why, before sharing a few of my top tips on Manchester nightlife. But first, why Manchester is significant to me? Firstly, Manchester is pretty much my home city. I grew up in […]

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sicily, mount etna, volcano, italy

Mount Etna: A Day Trip Definitely Worth Doing

When visiting Sicily, visiting the island’s towering Mount Etna is a must. It is Europe’s largest and most active volcano (3,329m), is in an almost constant state of activity, having erupted several times in the last five years, and dominates eastern Sicily’s skyline like an enormous earth cloud. The Greeks believed that the mighty god Hephaestus used it […]

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grosse freiheit, reeperbahn, hamburg, germany

New Year’s Eve and The Beatles Tour on Hamburg’s Reeperbahn

There was no particular reason why we ended up in Hamburg for our New Year’s Eve knees-up abroad, but the lure of cheap flights, flowing German weissbeir and, by no means least of all, a street filled with scurvy and contemptible enterprises (for ogling only) probably had something to do with it. Some pre-trip research revealed the infamy of the city’s sleepless […]

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frutta martorana, sicily, sicilian food, italian food, italy

6 Sicilian Treats You Have to Try

There is probably something very, very wrong with you, if you can go to Italy and not get excited about the food. I’m sure that for most of us a holiday in Italy revolves around food. My first, in Venice a few years ago, was hampered by a shoestring budget and lucrative prices, so I subsisted on plain […]

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left hand drive, driving, motorway

Hiring A Car in Italy? Do so at your own peril…

My gusto for driving had come gushing back on a hot summer’s day in Oxfordshire after– incredibly –five and a half years without practice in Britain. It was me, my aunt’s lent and neglected Ford Ka, a hoard of nostalgia-reeking metal CDs from my early adolescent years (still know ALL the words) and a half asleep/half stoned friend, […]

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Ireland, Cliffs of Moher

Burren, Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher Day Trip

09.15am. Still no sign of our driver. He was supposed to pick us up from our B&B twenty minutes ago, but there’s no rush; the morning is fresh, blue-skied and quiet, and we’re not quite ready to be thrown around the back of a minibus so soon after yet another textbook full Irish. My Dad and I are in Galway, […]

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