Tag Archives: Europe

Marvellous Malbun

Malbun is a tranquil, lovely mountain village in Liechtenstein. Small clusters of Alpine homes on green meadows look adorable from above.

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Where in the World: Madeira

This is a traditional farmer’s house in Santana on the island of Madeira in the Atlantic, one of the outermost regions of the European Union.

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St Moritz in September

Ah, St Moritz. The name brings to mind a gorgeous summer holiday in Torquay. I was 16 and he was tall, blond, a little shy and had the most beautiful smile. I’ll call him Hanspeter, because that was his name. When business took me to St Moritz one September day a few years ago, well, […]

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Books and ghosts in Norway’s fjordland

In the middle of fjordland Norway, Mundal Hotel is celebrating its 120th anniversary this year. This family-owned hotel has creaking stairs, a great turret bed room, a library, a billiards room, a music room, deep leather chairs by the fireplace – and books; not just in the library but everywhere. That’s as it should be. […]

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Pyramiden – an Arctic ghost town

I’m in Pyramiden, once a showcase of the Soviet Union, a perfect mining community, set between mountains, glaciers and fjords in the Svalbard archipelago. Today, it’s an Arctic ghost town. The decision to abandon the settlement was sudden, its implementation even more so. The inhabitants were given just hours to pack their bags and leave. […]

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Pizza night in the Italian countryside

Today is Thursday. I wish I were at La Tavola Marche, a wonderful agriturismo and cooking school in Le Marche, one of Italy’s least known regions – and, as it happens, a wonderful place to have pizza in Italy. You see, every Thursday, Ashley and Jason Bartner organizes pizza night at their agriturismo. And it […]

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Where in the world: San Marino

San Marino, the world’s oldest republic, has been a sovereign state since 301. The ancient capital is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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