Welcome to Europe

Europe is home to a range of different people, landscapes, and weather. From the sunny beaches of Barcelona, to the snow-capped mountains of the Swiss Alps – there’s something for everyone in Europe. The majority of the 50 countries use the Euro and are part of the European Union.

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Nicola discovers that befriending the locals does not just give you access to information about the best local bars, it can also help you get out of an awkward situation.If you are ever in a sticky situation abroad, contact an Italian first. Your problem is their problem, their friend, their Mama and their Nonna’s problem. Although you might have to fight hard for a scrap of information at times, with their fiery attitudes and network combined you’re guaranteed a solution.

This week we hear from Waldo who shares his adventures in Rome. From the Colosseum to the Pantheon and everywhere in between, Waldo experienced the wonders of ancient Rome which he recounts here with a candid account of the sights to see.

We’ve pulled together a quick guide from some of the top cities in Europe targeted for the layover or short stay travellers.Flying directly to Rome it’s a good chance you’ll land at the Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport. To get out of the airport and into the city, the cheapest and easiest way is to travel by train, which will cost you 11 euros and takes about 30 minutes.

Many of my fondest memories of Spain concern food. When we arrived in Madrid after 20+ hours of travelling we emerged bleary-eyed from the tunnels of the subway straight onto the incredible Plaza de la Puerta del Sol, the aptly-named ‘Gate of the Sun.’ As we walked towards our hotel, it didn’t take long for us to be distracted by food. Our eyes popped at the sight of the pastries in the window at La Mallorquina Pastelería, a local institution since 1894, and we delighted in our first Spanish sweets.

When you’re looking for a family holiday, Denmark is probably not the first destination that comes to mind, but maybe it should be. With a culture centred on outdoor and family activities, Denmark offers a number of family activities. Here are our top five reasons to make Denmark your next family destination.

Everywhere you look in Paris you will see an opportunity for fantastic photography. But it isn’t always easy to compose an image that you won’t be able to find on a postcard at the nearest souvenir shop. Look at some of the most famous landmarks in Paris with an eye for artistry and you’ll see opportunities for a unique shot in most situations. Everyone takes a picture of the Eiffel Tower, but consider making stops in these other famous locales for a quick photo-shoot of the architecture, the history, the people and the landscapes on this list so you can capture Paris from your own point of view.

Once your plane lands and you are in Spain, there’s the tedious, oft-expensive chore of figuring out how you’ll get around the country. Every country has a different method and definitely different rules, so it’s important to understand what you’ll need to know and do when you are abroad with a rental vehicle. Many families or groups who book their own holidays each year will opt for a car hire and find that it gives them more freedom and flexibility than if they had gone without.

By now, chances are you’ve heard of this festival held in Spain where people come together for just one day to do one thing, and one thing only: chuck tomatoes at each other. In what has been unofficially dubbed the world’s largest food fight, the Tomatina Festival in Bunol, Spain has grown significantly in popularity over the past decade and has become one of the biggest tourist events throughout the entire country. But what is the Tomatina Festival? How did it start? Where should you stay if you are trying to go? When does it take place? We have these answers and more so you can get to know the Tomatina Festival a little better.

Bunol in the Valencia region of Spain is best known as being the host city for the world’s biggest food fight, La Tomatina, where thousands of people come together to chuck tomatoes at each other and enjoy the freedom and fun to be had. People from Bunol don’t always throw their food though—most of the time the dishes that come out of this region are perfectly composed and beyond delicious. You can choose from over 8,000 bars and restaurants that offer quality traditional and local cuisine in Valencia. Here are a few of the dishes you should sit down and enjoy if you ever pass through Valencia and are in need of a mouth-watering meal.

The pictures you can capture with a camera are never as amazing as the sights themselves, but in many cases a superb photo is all you need to be catapulted back in time to your experiences abroad. Spain is blessed with a number of photogenic regions and unique landscapes that leave an indelible mark on the pictures that will say, “This is the real Spain.” Use our list of the top places to take photos in Spain and return from your holiday with a memory card chock full of beautiful vistas, stunning architectural feats, and incredible memories.

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