• Venice

    Europe’s Most Distinctive Bridges

    by  • September 29, 2015 • Architecture, City Breaks, Copenhagen, Dresden, Girona, Ljubljana, Seville, Venice

    Whether it’s Renaissance architecture or futuristic design, Europe boasts many of the world’s most recognisable river crossings. As a 180-metre-high, glass-bottomed suspension bridge opens to the public in China’s Shiniuzhai National Geological Park, I take a look at some of Europe’s perhaps lesser-known, but no less recognisable river crossings… Bridge of Sighs, Venice It...

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    A September Summary

    by  • August 26, 2015 • Barcelona, City Breaks, Exhibitions, Festivals, Film, Food & Drink, Frankfurt, Munich, San Sebastian, Venice

    From film festivals and car shows to centuries-old cultural events, here’s a snapshot of what’s on in September across Europe. As we prepare to say goodbye to summer (‘what summer?’ I hear you cry!) and autumn fast approaches, there’s still plenty of events and offerings taking place across Europe, perfect for combining with a...

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    Venice – Beautiful City or Theme Park?

    by  • June 7, 2015 • Venice

     Tourism has become a serious threat to the city of Venice The telling fact is that day trippers now outnumber both overnight visitors and people who call Venice home. The rise in cruise ship tourism over the last 15 years has meant that of the 20 million people who visit Venice each year, only...

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    Venice Gets Ready to Showcase its Art Biennale

    by  • May 6, 2015 • Art, Culture Breaks, Exhibitions, Festivals, Venice

    The Crème de la Crème of International Contemporary Art Descend of Venice for Biennale. As Milan’s tenure as host city for Expo 2015 gets underway,  so too Venice prepares itself for the grand unveiling of its prestigious Biennale di Venezia, an internationally-renowned modern art exhibition described by some as the ‘Olympics of Contemporary Art’....

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    Charles Pollock in Venice

    by  • April 23, 2015 • Art, City Breaks, Culture Breaks, Exhibitions, Venice

    A 365-day homage to the Pollock Brothers at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. If you were to mention the name ‘Pollock’, it’s probably a fair assumption that most people would associate it with the famous American artist, Jackson Pollock, renowned for his work in the genre of Abstract Expressionism. And yet few are aware that...

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    Henri Rousseau in Venice

    by  • April 15, 2015 • Art, City Breaks, Exhibitions, Venice

    Reviving the Work of Rousseau in La Serenissima. If you happen to be short breaking in the stunning Italian city of Venice over the coming weeks and months and you fancy a change of scene from soaking up the canals and bridges, beautiful architecture and charismatic lagoon islands, why not wile away an hour...

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    Venice – Pay to Enter Piazza San Marco?

    by  • March 12, 2015 • Venice

    Venice continues to look at ways to reduce the pressure of tourists in peak season The latest proposal from the non-profit organization Venessia.com in Venice is that tourists visiting Piazza San Marco should pay a fee and make a reservation during high season. This new regulation would help reduce the daily pressure on the...

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    More “Storms” in Venice

    by  • January 14, 2015 • Architecture, Venice

     The newest bridge over the Grand Canal is still the subject of criticism   The Ponte della Constituzione was the first bridge to be built in Venice for 125 years. Designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the bridge opened to the public in 2008 amidst a great deal of controversy, and it seems...

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    What’s happening where in 2015

    by  • January 3, 2015 • Art, Berlin, Budapest, Cannes, City Breaks, Copenhagen, Exhibitions, Fashion, Festivals, Film, Food & Drink, Madrid, Paris, Venice, Vienna

    From Fashion to Food and Film, Here’s a New Year’s Round-Up of European Events Happy New Year to you all! In my first blog of 2015, I thought I’d summarise just a few of the big events and lesser-known happenings in some of Europe’s major cities over 2015, the perfect tie-in perhaps with a...

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    Condé Nast Traveller Reader Travel Awards 2014 – Top 20 Cities

    by  • November 30, 2014 • Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, City Breaks, Copenhagen, Florence, Istanbul, Madrid, New York, Paris, Rome, Venice

    New York, Paris and Venice take the top three slots in this year’s customer satisfaction poll. It’s that time of year when polls are published and awards are in full flow, congratulating and celebrating the hotels, spas, cities and countries that have hit the high notes in the 2014 holiday season. I recently blogged...

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