Read Around the Romanovs

Read Around the Romanovs

Fascinated by the story of the last Romanovs, as covered in episode 07 of our St Petersburg series?  If you’d like to do some follow-up reading, we very much recommend this blogpost from travelcultura.com, written by a St Petersburg resident, which suggests nine books on Russia’s last Tsar and his family.  https://travelcultura.com/the-last-tsar-of-russia-9-books-about-nicholas-ii-and-his-family

St Petersburg Episode 07

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The beauty of Islamic architecture

The beauty of Islamic architecture

The Alcazar palace is the heart of Moorish Seville.  When the 13th century Christian King Ferdinand conquered the city he found it so beautiful that he refused to destroy it and resolved instead ‘to die under its roof’.  He became known as ‘El rey de las tres religiones’, the king of three religions: Christian, Muslim and Jewish.

Seville Episode 02

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History books for travellers

History books for travellers

The ‘A Traveller’s History of …. ‘ series is well worth a look: all the history knowledge that will enhance your visit, often with quotes and extracts from original sources.  There are lots on countries and books on individual cities include Bath, London, Athens, Oxford, Paris, York and Venice.   We found the one on Bath invaluable, both for its content and for the further avenues of enquiry which it opened up.  A real browse and muse sort of book!

City Breaks Bath

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The Florentine

The Florentine

A subscription to The Florentine will bring the sunshine of Florence to your doorstep or inbox every month.  News, events, art and culture, food and wine, it’s all there.  There are literary reviews, in-depth pieces from journalists who’ve been out and about in the city or in Tuscany more generally, ideas on what to eat drink or see next time you visit.  Plus an online bookstore offering fiction, non-fiction and their own bilingual literary review.  Perfetto!

www.theflorentine.net

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A Russian gem

A Russian gem

Wondering where to visit in Russia? How about St Petersburg, described by the Russian politician, Valentina Matviyenko as ‘a gem of world culture and Russia’s most European city’?

City Breaks St Petersburg

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History at the Tower of London

History at the Tower of London

Can there be a more action-packed episode than the one on the Tower of London?  It’s where one king prised the crown of England from another, where three young queens were beheaded and where two little princes disappeared for ever.  It was also the site of a moving art installation to commemorate the centenary of World War One: ceramic poppies gradually added over a five month period in 2014, each one representing a British military fatality from the war.

London Episode 04

 

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In Search of the Belle Epoque

In Search of the Belle Epoque

Looking for the Belle Époque in Paris today?  It’s right there, in the Opéra Garnier, the Eiffel Tower, the art deco trimmings at many metro stations, the Galéries Lafayette, the Toulouse Lautrec posters  you buy as souvenirs ….. and it’s all explained in episode 08 of the Paris series.

Paris Episode 08

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Who was who in the city of London

Who was who in the city of London

Dick Whittington, Richard II and the Revolting Peasants, Samuel Pepys, Sir Christopher Wren, the Rothschilds ….. you’ll meet them all in our episode on the City of London.

London Episode 03

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City break Dubai?

City Break Dubai?

For a one-stop website which will tell you all you need to know about visiting Dubai, try colourmedubai.com  You can, for instance, find a hotel, book a camel ride, discover how it’ll be different during Ramadan, check out the theme parks and shopping areas ….. it’s all there!

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Lola: quite a girl!

Lola: quite a girl!

Lola Montez was an enigma: beauty, drama queen, con girl, pampered mistress of the besotted Ludwig II of Bavaria, who paid her a monthly allowance 5 times greater than the salary of a university professor, and said of her: ‘ She gave up everything for me.’

Munich Episode 03

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