To kick off our new weekly Interrail competition , in which the writer of the best rail tip wins two first-class train passes worth up to £768, here’s our pick of Europe’s most scenic journeys The rail journey across southern Norway from Bergen to Oslo – northern Europe’s highest mainline railway – is so beautiful that all seven hours of it were broadcast in 2009 on Norwegian television as the first ever Slow TV (Sakte-TV) programme .
Catalonia’s colourful capital
Barcelona combines everything that is most charming about Mediterranean cities – a relaxed pace, months of endless sunshine, unbeatable food – with the cultural and design clout of almost any city in the cold north.
Its patchwork of architectural styles displays dark, Gothic façades next to the harlequin buildings of the Modernistas and the skyline-piercing constructions of Jean Nouvel or Herzog and de Meuron. A day spent admiring them can be topped off with a sundowner on one of the city’s many beaches before dinner at any number of Michelin-starred gastronomic temples or humble, family-run tapas bars. This is a city with a proud sense of identity and its language, culture and traditional festivals are fiercely guarded. Human pyramids, fire-breathing dragons and fibre-glass giants strolling the streets are in evidence most weekends if you look hard enough.
Literally flourishing since the reign of Louis XIV, these sprawling, pristine green spaces are worth traveling for
Gardens in Europe have evolved over centuries, spanning from monasteries where monks carefully their specifically-chosen blossoms, to castles with demure shrubs and roses. The idea of elaborate castle gardens flourished during Louis XIV in mid-17th-century Europe, when elaborate parterres and large-scale design were envisioned and encouraged. Louis XIV, too, was one of the first to fuse the grandeur of castle architecture, landscape, and interior design. Here are some of the most beautiful European castles with equally stunning gardens.
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51 total arrested over the weekend.
A video out of Ibiza, Spain shows 16 Algerian migrants arriving via a small boat before scrambling up a cliff face.
A stunned fisherman filmed the footage on Saturday morning in Sol d’en Serra in the municipality of Sant Josep, close to the airport in Ibiza.
The clip shows 16 migrants from Algeria abandoning a small vessel and clambering up a cliff face before later being arrested.
A woman interrupted a live television interview and gave a heartwrenching speech which laid bare the impact of Brexit on EU citizens living in the UK.
The Portuguese woman fought back tears as she said she had ‘given up her youth’ to the UK during a protest against prorogation in London on Wednesday.
She revealed she had ‘looked after children and the elderly’ in the UK for some 20 years but had ‘no voice’ and faced being deported after October 31.
The woman has since been named as Ana Rocha, who was born in Lisbon and is a healthcare worker specialising in looking after people with disabilities.
She has now revealed she has moved to work and live in Scotland for ‘fear of reprisals.’