Whether you’re hit by the stress of the big city or you’re itching to reconnect with nature, sometimes all you need is a quick and easy getaway far from it all. From the shores of Ullswater in the Lake District to the heart of the quaint Cotswolds, these nine English abodes are perfect for letting your hair down and your worries slip away – all just a short drive from home.
Cold cobbled streets, mulled wine, candlelit squares and snow-flecked churches; Europe really is a magical, fairtytale-esque place come Christmas time. Though most cities offer something akin to a winter wonderland at this time of year, there are some that really take the Brunkager. Here’s a rundown of the top five European cities to explore for a Christmas break:
Vienna is a wonderland of grand architecture, fabulous opera, mind-blowing museums and quirky art galleries. But the real buzz of the city comes from its coffee houses – a charming social experience that has shaped the Viennese culture. Keen for a caffeine hit surrounded by old-world charm and cultural heritage? We’ve rounded up the best coffee houses for you to visit in the unique European capital of culture and coffee.
Iceland’s eclectic capital may have seen a surge of visitors in recent years, but while most people use Reykjavik as a base for exploring the country’s impressive collection of waterfalls, gushing geysers and dramatic landscapes, there’s more to this city than its epic scenery. Still more famous for its monuments than its menus, underneath its picture-perfect exterior, Reykjavik is fast becoming a gastronomic paradise, with …