Many attractions and museums claim to have no match; not this one though. Tomar’s Museu dos Fosforos Aquiles da Mota Lima (‘The Aquiles da Mota Lima Museum of Matches’) is home to Europe’s biggest collection of matchboxes, many of which still hold their original contents.
Few museums can claim to be housed in such a magnificent setting as Portugal’s National Museum of Archaeology.
The most commonly applied translation of "Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe" renders the name of this centrally located Hamburg institution as the “Museum of Art and Industry”.
The modern world may well be characterised by global connectivity and 24/7 availability but, increasingly, people are realising that unwinding and de-stressing are important elements of staying physically healthy and mentally sharp.
I’m convinced that Durham, in north-east England, has much to offer for a weekend break. As a local, though, you might think I’m biased?
Belem’s close associations with Portugal’s Age of Discoveries make it an obvious choice as the location for the Museu da Marinha, the Portuguese National Maritime Museum.
The Ashes cricket series, contested between England and Australia, is one of the world's great sporting rivalries. Lord’s Cricket Ground in London holds the original urn and, even if you can't get your hands on match tickets, it's possible to take a look behind the scenes within the famous venue.
In the Greek town of Ouranopolis I’m drawn to the window of an attractive, smartly designed shop selling soaps, natural products and religious icons. Even to my unschooled eye these icons look to be of far better quality than those that I saw minutes ago, on sale near the jetty.
The Monument to the Discoveries is today as just as much a part of the Belem landscape as the nearby Hieronymites Monastery (the ‘Mosteiro dos Jerónimos’ as it is known in Portuguese), the ornate Manueline structure which is today classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Portuguese capital is chic but, in places, charmingly shabby and, if you know where to look, you’ll find a lively fashion and design scene in Lisbon.