Light shines on Bodø in Arctic Norway

Culture in the land of the midnight sun

When Bodø in northern Norway is a European Capital of Culture in 2024 it will offer something that none of the other 60-plus cities and regions across the continent to have held the title – from Paphos to Porto, Rekjavik to Riga – have ...

Novi Sad, European Capital of Culture 2022

Freedom, Rainbow, Hope and Love in ‘Serbian Athens’

The shores of the River Danube are home to many charming European cities, and Novi Sad in Serbia is one, with three bridges across the water. This landmark trio will be central to the theme of Novi Sad’s year as a European Capital of ...

Travel after the pandemic #23: Croatia’s Adriatic Highway

Scenic delights but slow-going on a pre-motorway trip

Europe can still sometimes offer unforgettable drives, if you can get away from the solid lines of trucks, spaghetti junctions, roadworks, accidents, toll booths and vignettes, radar traps, potholes, lunatic overtakers and other hazards. One such spectacular route is the Jadranska Magistrala, the scenic ...

Croatian cuisine at your fingertips

With much high, meticulous dedication, a professional reference book and online guide, “100 Leading Croatian restaurants and their specialities”, has been written by Rijeka resident and catering specialist Karin Mimica. The guide follows a series of annual follow-ons, and is the latest, 26th “Gastronauts” ...

Travel after the pandemic #22: Norway

Beauty comes naturally, and mankind does its best too

Each year since 1947, the good people of Oslo have gifted a towering Christmas tree to take pride of place in London’s Trafalgar Square, a way of thanking Britain for its support during World War Two. An abundance of spruce trees is just one ...

Mystery Hotel Budapest is a place of mystery, magic and adventure

A surprise in every corner

Mystery Hotel is a name that cannot be ignored or misunderstood. It makes other hotel names sound commonplace (mention no names, spare their blushes). Budapest has had the Mystery Hotel since March 2019, and surely when inquisitive types hear about it they must be ...

Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg, European Capital of Culture 2022

Steeling itself for a stellar year in the spotlight

Luxembourg has been a stalwart member country of the European Union since 1958, one of the “Inner Six” founder states of what was originally called the European Communities, and when Esch-sur-Alzette becomes a European Capital of Culture in 2022 it will be the third ...