Portugal’s history, like that of all nations, is peppered with significant dates. The 1st November 1755, for example, is infamous as the day the Great Earthquake struck, resulting in fires and tidal waves that destroyed much of Lisbon and wreaked significant damage on a several other towns and cities.
Over recent years Greece has taken a lot of stick about the way it has managed its economy. For all the shortcomings regarding macroeconomic management, Greeks certainly know how to be outstanding hosts and make their guests feel welcome.
My legs feel weak and heart is thumping. Vikki looks into my eyes and offers calm words of encouragement; she’s come to rescue me from the practice loop of the ropes course at Tree Top Adventure, near Betws-y-Coed in North Wales.
Basically the design is very simple, it’s nine holes out, nine holes in; the course is 4.5km long. The nine holes out you play on the lower level, on the sea level, and the nine holes in you play right above. That has the positive effect that from every single hole you see the sea. You always think you play directly to the sea because from the upper level you don’t see the lower holes, so the greens seem to be above the sea on the back nine.
If you’ve seen films such as The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Reader, Inglourious Basterds, or Around The World in 80 Days then you’ve already caught glimpses of Goerlitz, Germany’s most easterly city.
Think of Greek holiday islands and it’s normally the likes of Kos, Crete and Rhodes that spring to mind. Ammouliani, in Greece’s Halkidiki region, is, by comparison, far smaller and much quieter.
Change is underway in Akagera National Park, the largest of Rwanda’s national parks, whose undulating landscape covers 1122 square kilometres of swamp, mountain and savannah habitat in the north-east of Rwanda.
For first time visitors to Finland, Tampere may not be the obvious choice of destination, but the country's largest inland city is a pleasant starting point if you want to gain an insight to the cultural soul of this Nordic nation.
Standing on deck, on one of the pleasure boats that criss-cross the shipping lanes of the river Elbe during harbour tours, the cool maritime breeze and sunlit waterfront skyline make me conscious of the understated allure of Hamburg.
Bowes, in upper Teesdale, has a surprisingly rich history for a quiet English village. One of Bowes claims to fame is that, during the 1830s, it provided Charles Dickens with the inspiration for aspects of Nicholas Nickleby.