Category Archives: Travel

Colombia: Medellín lights up for Christmas

The celebration of Christmas is a curious mix of Christian and pagan traditions in Europe, and indeed has absorbed many influences from other cultures in its unparalleled spread across the globe. As such, its festivities exhibit some parallels, but equally … Continue reading

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Valparaíso – Chile’s edgiest city

As you are probably aware, Santiago is the capital of Chile, and overwhelmingly dominates the nation in population and economic terms. However, there is another city that is increasingly proving a worthy rival in the tourism and cultural stakes – … Continue reading

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Ronda: Spain’s most spectacularly sited settlement?

All towns are physically shaped and constrained by their surrounding environment, and Ronda, nestled in the rocky sierras of Andalucía, is a particularly striking example. The old centre is not only perched on a precarious mountain ridge, but is isolated … Continue reading

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Oaxaca: Mexico at its most Mexican

In Mexico, as in the UK, it is often the smaller cities that make the most rewarding destinations, offering more tranquil surroundings and greater exposure to historic traditions. Oaxaca is a noteworthy example: tucked away in misty mountain valleys in … Continue reading

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Argentina: La Boca, Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires dominates Argentina in many senses: population, commerce, cultural amenities and tourism are all heavily concentrated in this somewhat dauntingly large metropolis. However, scratch beneath the surface and you find a city of intimate and extremely diverse neighbourhoods: historic … Continue reading

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Spain: The Sanlucar de Barrameda horse races

We often think of horse racing as a quintessentially English activity: verdant grass courses, afternoon tea, and a preponderance of eccentric hats. However every August, the Spanish in their thousands flock to the town of Sanlúcar de Barrameda on the … Continue reading

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Ecuador: A dramatic journey on the Tren Crucero

There is something rather special about travelling by train abroad. Perhaps it is the ability to sit back and watch the changing landscape roll by, or maybe it is the inherent cultural snapshot of a nation’s people and places. Sadly, … Continue reading

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Spain: The Camino de Santiago on two wheels

You may remember some time ago we wrote a bit about the historic city of Santiago de Compostela; world-famous for its spectacular cathedral that marks the destination of thousands of pilgrims walking the ancient routes of the Camino de Santiago … Continue reading

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Spain: The sunbleached shores of Tarifa and the Costa de la Luz

As the UK continues to bask in unseasonably scorching temperatures, we continue our theme of exploring the less-discovered corners of the Spanish coastline. This time we head south, as far towards the equator as is possible in Spain before hopping … Continue reading

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Argentina: Out of season skiing in Bariloche

Come this time of year, us northern Europeans tend to be itching to escape to sunnier climes and sandy beaches. However, more and more of us are discovering the novel thrill of winter sports in South America. Thriving Andean resort … Continue reading

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