Empire of the Tsars

Empire of the Tsars

Have you been watching BBC 4’s Empire of the Tsars? Presented by Lucy Worsley, the three hour-long episodes tell the story of the Romanov family from start to finish and show many sumptuously-shot scenes in the palaces and galleries of St Petersburg. Practically everything mentioned turns up in one or other of our 17 episodes on St Petersburg. Definitely to be recommended, but the final episode goes out this Tuesday, so you’ll need to be quick on iPlayer. It has previously been listed on Netflix too, so worth keeping an eye out there too.

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For your book collection

For your book collection

If you love to drool over all the cities you’d like to (re)visit, then The Cities Book, subtitled A Journey Through the Best Cities in the World, published by Lonely Planet makes a perfect coffee table book.  200 cities, lavish photos, all the key info in useful tables and handily referenced by headings like ‘strengths’, ‘weaknesses’ and ‘defining experience’.  To quote the authors on the first city covered here on City Breaks: ‘Star of the renaissance, Florence is an aesthetic feast of world-famous paintings and sculpture, stunning churches and palaces and beautiful people.’

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Welcome to City Breaks

Welcome to City Breaks

Benvenuto! Willkommen! Dobro pozhalovat! Now that we have quite a few podcasts available, it’s time to open up the blog. Our first two series, on Florence and Munich, are complete and we are now nearing the end of the St Petersburg series. Hence the words of welcome in Italian, German and Russian. Next up is Toulouse – Bienvenue! – so please look out for the first episode at the beginning of July. We are already musing about which lovely city to cover next.

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