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Karen Bryan is a prolific writer and traveller. As editor of Europe a la Carte she's created a wide range Europe travel guides. You'll find lots of suggestions to help you make the most of your European trip.

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29th March 2021 by Europe a la Carte

Discover Jane Austen in Bath

Yes, embarrassingly enough, I am one of the “Janeites” : a lover of all things Jane Austen who has read and re-read her six novels and watched countless adaptations of her works by the BBC, ITV and others.As all fans of Jane Austen – and even those who dislike her, but were forced to read her during high school English classes – know, Bath plays prominently in her works. Jane Austen lived in Bath for five years and two of her novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, were largely set...

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10th June 2016 by Europe a la Carte

Ten things to do in Nice, France

Some of the best spots in Europe to visit during the summer can be found along the Mediterranean. And Nice, France is one of them. Of course, while Nice is world renowned for its beautiful coast, the city has things to offer throughout the year, from Christmas markets to Carnival celebrations. Below, you’ll find a list of ten things to do while visiting Nice, France.Walk Along the PromWalk the Promenade des Anglais, named for the early English tourists who came to Nice. The promenade...

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11th March 2021 by Europe a la Carte

Barcelona, getting off the beaten track

Barcelona is one of the most popular tourist city destinations in the world. Its streets are always full of people, regardless of the season. It is a favourite city break destination for British tourists: famous because of its good weather, its delicious Mediterranean food and its spectacular architecture – cradle of artists as important as Gaudí. But Barcelona is much more than a simple tourist city. Probably, most of you already know the typical and always crowded tourist streets,...

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4th March 2021 by Europe a la Carte

Child friendly Amsterdam attractions: The Van Gogh Museum

Like many parents, we’re constantly dragging our children along to art museums. And like many parents, we are accustomed to groans of “Oh no, not another museum!”Museums are starting to realize the importance of courting their future visitors and, as parents, it’s nice to see how many art museums have started to put together age-appropriate information and activity guides for children.One small museum that gets it right is the Vincent Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Chances are, Van Gogh...

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4th March 2021 by Europe a la Carte

10 things to do in Amsterdam

Here are our travel tips for ten things to do while on an Amsterdam holiday that will ensure you have an amazing time.Amsterdam Canal CruiseWhat better way to experience Amsterdam than to cruise the canals? From boat level, you get a fascinating view of the city. This is simply a must-do and is one of our recommended ways to get around the city.Van Gogh MuseumArt lovers will marvel at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, which has the largest collection anywhere of Van Gogh works – and...

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10th February 2021 by Europe a la Carte

25 fun things to do in Sweden

With so many things to do in Sweden, it was hard to choose just 25. Here are our tips for fun things to do in Sweden. We’ve excluded Stockholm, the Swedish capital city, as we already have lots of tips for things to do in Stockholm in our collation post.Say Hello to the Christmas Goat of GävleThe Christmas Goat of Gävle is a large, straw Christmas goat and a big tourist attraction. In Sweden, it is a believed that a goat comes on Christmas to deliver presents. Oddly, this attraction is...

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13th November 2011 by Europe a la Carte

Views from the eagle’s nest in Èze, France

Just a short distance from Nice, after a dramatic and spectacular drive along the Moyenne Corniche road that alone make the trip worthwhile, lies the charming medieval town of Èze.At 470 metres above sea level, Èze – frequently referred to as the eagle’s nest – is a picture-perfect village perché (perched village), with breathtaking views down below to the beautiful coastline.The charming streets and vaulted cover ways remind visitors of the original defensive purpose of these...

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9th February 2021 by Europe a la Carte

Four beautiful sandy beaches in Malta

Malta is fringed with small coves and wide bays, where shallow water laps beautiful sandy beaches. Here are my top four sandy beaches in Malta.Mellieha BeachMellieha beach lies in the northeast of the island, just off the road to the Gozo ferry, which makes it very accessible. This was my favourite Malta beach; the water was calm so I enjoyed my swim there, although it was rather cold initially (we were in Malta in late May). It’s a good beach for kids as the water is shallow until quite far...

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29th March 2021 by Europe a la Carte

Best of Bath Tips

Bath is known as the oldest tourist destination in Britain and is famous for both its Roman baths and its typical Georgian architecture, and being just 100 miles from London makes it a relatively easy destination for visitors to reach. This compilation of the top things to do in Bath includes the sights dating right back to ancient times, but also has plenty of highlights for Jane Austen fans too!Landmarks in BathAny holiday in Bath isn't complete without a visit the Roman baths. They’re on...

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11th March 2021 by Europe a la Carte

Ten things to do in Barcelona

Spain’s “second city” of Barcelona easily rates as one of the best cities to visit in Europe – it’s got historical sights, fantastic culture, delicious food, and you can even spend the day at the beach – what a great combination. If you’re planning your trip then check this list of ten things to do in Barcelona for some useful tips.La BoqueriaLet’s travel first with our stomachs: Barcelona’s enormous outdoor markets are a great place for either an aimless wander or a shopping...

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10th February 2021 by Europe a la Carte

The best of Stockholm travel tips

If you’re planning a trip to Stockholm, then this round-up of our best suggestions for things to do should help you make the most out of your time there.Historical Attractions in StockholmStockholm’s most famous museum is the Vasa Museum, home to the 1620s ship which sank and spent 300 years in the Baltic Sea, before being salvaged and becoming the centrepiece of this museum. Another interesting museum (which has some 70-odd museums!) is the Museum of Medieval Stockholm, which recently...

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29th March 2021 by Europe a la Carte

A winter break at the Christmas Market in Bath

Many people make a trip to see the Christmas Markets of Germany and Eastern Europe at this time of year - think Cologne and Prague -  but if you live in the UK or are more nervous of overseas travel post-Covid, many cities are now hosting similar markets to get people in the Christmas spirit. In the West Country, one of the best known is the Bath Christmas Market held in the square outside picturesque Bath Abbey, which I visited this week.In the main square and the smaller...