• A Sporting September

    by  • September 1, 2013 • Berlin, City Breaks, Copenhagen, Dresden, Ljubljana, Madrid, Milan, New York, Prague, Sport, Zurich • 0 Comments

    If you thought all sporting activity tailed off now that summer’s drawing to a close, think again! Here’s a roundup of action taking place throughout the month of September.

    La Vuelta a España

    Spain’s answer to the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia, already the 2013 Vuelta a España is well underway, with nine stages already completed and a further 12 to go. Starting and finishing in Madrid, the 68th edition of the Vuelta takes in Galicia, Castilla y Leon, Extremadura, Andalucia, Aragan, Calatonia, La Rioja, Cantabria and Asturias, with additional forays into Andorra and France.

    US Open

    Can Andy Murray retain his US Open title for a second consecutive year? Currently through to the fourth round, there are still a number of big names left in the draw including Djokovic, Haas, Hewitt, Berdych, Gasquet, Ferrer, Federer, Robredo and Nadal.  Now in its 35th year, the prestigious Grand Slam final takes place at New York’s Flushing Meadows on Monday, 9th September, with the women playing for the coveted trophy the day before.

    2013 Italian Grand Prix

    Formally known as the 2013 Formula 1 Gran Premio d’Italia, the Italian Grand Prix marks the final race in the European leg of the racing calendar, although there are still several more races to go until the 2013 season comes to a close. Taking place at the Monza circuit, situated just 10 miles north of Milan, Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel hold a convincing lead over rivals Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton in second and third places respectively. Qualifying and racing takes places over the weekend of 6 – 8 September.

    Canoeing Slalom/Marathon World Championships

    Following on from a successful medal haul in Duisburg, Germany at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships, the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships are hosted this year by the Czech capital, Prague, taking place from the 11th to the 15th of September. The Canoe Marathon World Championships meanwhile get underway in Copenhagen over the weekend of 14th and 15th September.

    Eurobasket 2013

    As we blogged earlier, Team GB are in action at Eurobasket 2013, taking place from the 4th to the 22nd of September. This event has been taking place since 1935 and Ljubljana is one of four Slovenian hosts to the biennial competition, the grand finale of which takes place at the Stozice Arena in the city.

    Eurovolley 2013

    Last but by no means least, the 2013 Women’s European Volleyball Championship kicks off from 6th September across five German and Swiss cities including Berlin, Dresden and Zurich, the final of which takes place in the German capital on the 14th.


    With a French grandmother, childhood holidays on the continent and a degree in French and Spanish, a love of languages and travel has always been in my blood. Fresh from university with an unfettered enthusiasm to show off my linguistic ability and first-hand knowledge of the world beyond the UK, I entered the travel industry and, 16 years on, I’m still there! With several years spent in the luxury sector planning escorted holidays across Europe for the American market, followed by an even longer tenure designing short breaks with a difference in the must-see cities of Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Madrid, Prague, Florence, Brussels, Venice, Salzburg, Milan, Krakow and Berlin (to name but a few), it’s fair to say that Europe is my passion! Today my travels have taken me far beyond the boundaries of Europe with so many destinations still to discover, yet the continent abounds in such a wealth of treasures – historical and architectural, cultural and musical, gastronomic, artistic and linguistic – that its appeal, for me, will be eternal.

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