On 18 July, the peaceful town of Vevey, on the shores of Lake Geneva near Montreux, transforms into party central as it hosts one of the world’s biggest (and rarest) wine festivals. The Fête des Vignerons – which was granted Unesco intangible cultural heritage status in 2016 – was founded in 1797 to honour the wine-makers of the Lavaux wine region, one of Switzerland’s premier wine appellations.
“Travel brings love and power back into your life” – Rumi
It is a very well known fact that travel does bring about a change in our mindsets. It brings in a much needed psychological change which helps us in becoming alive. Be it a broken heart, a much in love couple, someone wanting to explore, girls heading out to set major #BFFGoals or for any regular person who is looking for a break; travel fits the bill in every possible situation.
While traveling on a budget in Asia is an easy drill, Europe tends to get a little heavier on our pocket. However, the experience is worth the money shelled out. Europe has legit being through a lot. Be it the breath-takingly stunning scenic beauty, classic and vintage architecture or their “to-die for” food and culture, Europe sits on top for its elitist vibe.
It feels as if the wider world has only recently ‘discovered’ Mykonos, now mentioned in the same breathy terms as Ibiza or Miami – yet it has appealed to A-list celebrities and those who embrace an alternative lifestyle since the Fifties and Sixties. Back then, those stars included Brigitte Bardot and Jackie Onassis; today you’re more likely to find Kim Kardashian and Lindsay Lohan. But despite being commonly held to be among the most expensive, and exclusive, Greek islands, it holds enduring appeal.
Walk in the footsteps of royalty.
Europeans are spoiled for castles. No question. On road trips through their homelands it’s normal for French and German citizens to pass turreted palaces and fortresses hundreds of years old. No big deal. For them. An Australian on the same trip would be wide-eyed, demanding to stop and explore each exotic UNESCO World Heritage site.
If the walls of Europe’s castles could talk, what stories they would tell. The buildings house grand ballrooms and dining spaces, as well as secret tunnels and dark dungeons. Beneath Predjama Castle in Slovenia there is a concealed passageway through a cliff, historically used for smuggling and escapes. Vlad the Impaler (also known as Vlad Dracula) was held prisoner in Corvin Castle in Romania in the 15th century for his violent crimes. During the Republic Revolution of 1910, the last Queen of Portugal slept at Pena Palace one final time before leaving her country in exile the next day.
People might flock to Hollywood to catch a glimpse of their favorite movie stars or make the eternity-long journey Down Under in search of drop bears, but no region boasts quite a diverse and vibrant allure as the European continent.
Made up of 44 countries, Europe has an almost never-ending list of intriguing places to visit. As expected, however, tourists tend to gravitate to the already-beaten path, echoing trips that friends or family have come home raving about. Unfortunately, when that happens, iconic landmarks become overrun with foreigners and can never live up to the almighty reputation thrust upon them.
‘This landscape is closer to space than anywhere else’
About once every week at around 21:00, with the light of a million stars to guide them, Raúl Martínez Morales and Amanda Mandry set out to survey Mars. The couple – the former an astrophysicist, the other an obsessive stargazer – start by carefully unpacking their scientific instruments before they cross a sea of cooled lava into a realm of burning red sand dunes.
The whole scene is quite astonishingly atmospheric, but the science team isn’t on the surface of the Red Planet. Even if at times it feels they might be. In fact, they are 54.6 million kilometres from Mars in the middle of Los Volcanes Natural Park on Lanzarote in the Canary Islands.
William Shakespeare left an incredible legacy on the world of literature. His work has inspired generation after generation of academics, readers, and aspiring writers. If you’re a fan of the playwright, then you’ll want to include some of the most Shakespeare-central destinations on your next itinerary.
Among the locations that were significant to Shakespeare are places that he lived in and visited, as well as locations that served as the setting for some of his most famous works. Many of the towns and cities that are known as Shakespeare attractions now offer tours and festivals highlighting his work.
Check out these 10 destinations that all Shakespeare fans need to visit.
The city of Kavala in northern Greece, which rises up from the sea like an amphitheater, is a gem waiting to be explored for its rich history and beautiful surroundings.
This coastal city which accounts to approximately 50,000 inhabitants, is the entry point to Macedonia from the east and that’s why is often dubbed the “Thermopyles of Macedonia”.
Split among the Palia Poli (old town) and the Nea Poli (new town) it is situated on the Bay of Kavala, across from the island of Thassos and on the Egnatia motorway, a one-and-a-half-hour drive east of Thessaloniki.
In antiquity the name of the city was Neapolis (‘new city’, like many Greek colonies). During the Middle Ages, it was renamed Christoupolis (‘city of Christ’). Fore centuries it was part of the Ottoman empire and briefly occupied by Bulgaria in the beginning of the 20th century.
There are so many different ways to judge the top pubs in Ireland. Length of time in business, popularity, unique features, best pulled pints and poured cocktails, the quality of the craic and live music.
Thankfully, the folks at MailOnline Travel have shared their ranking of the best pubs in Ireland. If you’re trying to pick which pubs to prioritize on your next trip to Ireland, you can’t go wrong with one of these.
The Algarve, with its dazzlingly bright and oh-so uplifting light, is a region of hidden delights: of golden beaches framed by beautifully wrought limestone rocks; of simple restaurants where the taste of the fish – just caught, just grilled, and drizzled with local olive oil – will pull you back time and time again.
Inland, up in the hills of Monchique, days revolve around the seasons – killing the pig and gathering provisions for winter; collecting chestnuts and foraging berries to make the local firewater. Olives, oranges, carobs and almonds are picked and sold at markets. By the coast, you can see locals wading into the Atlantic at low tide to find cockles and barnacles. Fishermen, who learnt the trade from their fathers, go out to catch squid and octopus – just as local people have done for centuries.