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Gardens of Europe to visit in Spring and Summer

Gardens of Europe to visit in Spring and Summer

Top Gardens of Europe No matter where you travel to in Europe there will be a garden somewhere close by. Some are small and personal others are huge show gardens designed to showcase something specific. Still, others are the grand gardens of palaces, chateaux and villas. I take great delight in visiting gardens wherever I travel to and try to carve out time to visit at least one. Here are are some gardens of Europe I would recommend. They cover a wide range of gardening styles and are just a few of my personal favourites from the many thousands there are to visit. Keukenhof Gardens, Holland One of the best and most colourful spring gardens to visit Keukenhof is a show garden for the bulb growers of Holland. As a result, it is only open for eight weeks from mid-March….

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Quiz: Domes of Europe

Quiz: Domes of Europe

This month’s travel quiz from Travel Unpacked focuses on Europe and the domes that grace many of its city’s skylines. Domes first made their appearance in architecture of places of worship and palaces. Today they can be found over sporting venues, government buildings and entertainment centres. Many are iconic and instantly recognisable others are less well known but all those featured in the quiz feature proud in their city’s skyline. Test your knowledge of the domes of Europe in the quiz below. Then challenge your friends to equal or beat your score. How did you do? Which did you find the easiest? Which one was most difficult? Share your score in the comments section below. If you enjoyed this quiz you may enjoy last month’s Bridges Quiz or the Landscapes and Natural Features Quiz. Next month there will be another travel…

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European city breaks by rail

European city breaks by rail

In the plane vs train stakes the train often wins hands down, or should that be wheels down, when it comes to total travel time from city centre to city centre. For journeys beginning in London this only applies to the cities nearest to the Channel Tunnel. Places like Brussels, Paris, and Amsterdam immediately come to mind. However, Cologne, Strasbourg and Lyon can be reached in little more than it would take to fly there. When the issue of comfort, no baggage fees or restrictions (within reason), high speed city centre to city centre journeys are taken into account travel by train becomes a far more inviting option. I have travelled on the high-speed Eurostar, TGV, ICE and Thalys trains across some of the European network and have chosen 6 cities worth considering for a rail break. Paris and Brussels are Eurostar destinations…

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