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Shades of White in Puglia

The white ramparts of the centro storico shelter the white arcs of beach that scallop the edges of the Ionan and the Adriatic. There’s a gentle jangle of white fishing boats as they bring in the day’s haul and the whir of a rusted Piaggio Ape. Espresso trickles slowly into its small, white receptacle in a café […]

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Italian Festivals

Published by Avis July 2016 The Italians love a good festival and there’s certainly not a shortage of them this August. There are thousands of festivals in Italy which celebrate religious holidays, gastronomic specialities, ancient traditions, contemporary music and the performing arts. From local parades to major festivals, the innumerous festa across the country offer great insight into […]

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Hannah Frances Venice Photography Travel Writer

Shades of Rose in Venice

Miracle of the Relic of the Cross at the Rialto Bridge by Vittore Carpaccio depicts a procession over Venice’s Rialto Bridge. In the painting, a splinter of the holy cross is held before a man possessed and he is instantly healed. It’s one of eight canvases in Sala XX of the Academia in Venice that narrate […]

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Hannah Frances Lisbon Travel Writer

10 things you need to know about Lisbon

Published by Ryanair July 2016 Lisbon has been named as one of the top travel destinations for 2016. Here are the things you need to know before you visit this year… 1. It’s old. The second oldest capital city in Europe, actually, after Athens. The great earthquake in 1755 destroyed the town’s commercial centre of […]

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Hannah Frances Suitcase Magazine Italy

Driving in Italy

Driving in Italy raises many a question, but mostly why I am here? and how am I still here?. I’m manoeuvring around a thousand hairpin bends down the sheer face of an enormous mountain in a 1 litre city car so foolishly booked on a price comparison website. This is terrible. Crazy people keep overtaking […]

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Italy’s Secret Region

Published by Ryanair May 2016 Pronounced MAR-kay, the thumb-shaped region is a picturesque and affordable region of Italy to explore. With 180km of sparkling turquoise Adriatic coastline to its east and the Apennine mountain range to its west, the undulating landscape is scattered with historic hill towns packed with medieval architecture and renaissance treasures. We’ve rounded […]

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Hannah Frances Iceland Travel Writer

Shades of Ochre in Iceland

The drama soaked scenery of West Iceland, with its buttery ochre tones against big, big skies, is well deserved of deviation from the well trodden Golden Circle. Take the ribbon-like roads northwards from Reykjavik to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and continue along the strong shoulders of the northern coastline to Akureyri. This cinematic expanse of landscape, peppered with fat waterfalls and […]

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Helena Almeida Lisbon City Guide

Feet on Earth, Head in the Sky

The Monument to the Discoveries – Padrão das Descobertas – sits tall and imposing on the northern bank of Lisbon’s Tagus Estuary. Honouring the navigators that led Portugal’s discovery expeditions into the New World in the 15th century, the monument was carved by preeminent sculptor Leopoldo de Almeida. Since the 60s, Almeida’s studio in Lisbon has been used […]

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Hannah Frances Paris Travel Writer

Shades of Biscuit in Paris

The honeyed boulevards of France’s capital are smart and uniform: a result of Baron Haussmann’s grand renovation of the city at the end of the 19th century. Aérer, unifier, et embellir; Napoléon III instructed Haussmann to envision a new Paris that is airy, unified and beautiful. Paris was rebuilt using a soft limestone quarried from the Oise, which is now branded ‘Paris Stone’. Colours sweep […]

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10 things you need to know about living in Los Angeles

1. It’s really big. You’ll start to truly believe that 45 minutes is an acceptable amount of time to get somewhere. Anywhere. The city sprawls over 469 square miles – compare that to Paris’ 42sqm and you’ll start to see what I mean. 2. Everything you hear about the traffic is true. Gridlocked freeways are […]

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