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.
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.