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I Feel Like I Know France…

eiffel tower france

Of all foreign countries, I feel like France should be the one I know best. Apart from Ireland, it is my nearest neighbour, I have visited it far more than I have any other country, five times in total I think, and my first foreign trip was to France. Admittedly, […]

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Arguably, Denmark’s most outstanding feature is not anything about its history, a great landmark or famous person – it is the remarkable fact that Denmark is officially the happiest country in the world. As a point of comparison, the USA is 13th and the UK 23rd in the 2016 survey. […]

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Estonian Food & Drink

Curd Snacks

Estonian Food “Where there’s work, there’s bread” – Estonian Proverb Estonia may be the smallest country I’ve come to so far, in terms of population that is, but when it comes to its cuisine it has more than a few surprises. It may be because of its position, clinging to […]

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In this article I’m taking a look at Croatia, an increasingly popular holiday destination in the Balkans region of Eastern Europe. In the aftermath of the fall of Communism there were several years of strife and struggle for independence, but although some of the scars remain, Croatia has put that […]

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Finland – Land of the Midnight Sun

Finland

Finland – Land of the Midnight Sun If you look at Finland on a map, you will notice that it is the easternmost of the three ‘Scandinavian’ countries, which look a bit like three fingers pointing downwards. The shape of Finland is generally thought to be that of a woman […]

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Estonia – A country punching above its weight

Tartu, Estonia

Introduction to Estonia “Make fun of the man, not of his hat” – Estonian Proverb Estonia is a small country in Eastern Europe, the northernmost of the three ‘Baltic states’, the other two being Latvia and Lithuania. It is bordered by Latvia to the south, and Russia to the East. […]

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All About the Czech Republic

Karlovy Czech

The Czech Republic is a landlocked country smack bang in the middle of Central Europe, bordered by Germany and Poland to the north and Slovakia and Austria to the east and the south. It’s a country of rolling hills and plains, with lots of forest too – over a third […]

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Food in Denmark

Danish Pastries

Danish Pastries and Other Goodies Until recently Denmark was not known for its food. There is one food item that people the world over associate with Denmark, and that is the Danish Pastry or sometimes just ‘the Danish’. In case you’ve never come across one before (where have you been […]

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Denmark – The Land of Happy Vikings

Nyhaven Copenhagen, Denmark

Where on Earth is Denmark? Some countries in the world are easy to identify on a map, but could you pinpoint Denmark? Just a few months ago I’d have struggled too – I’d have been able to tell you roughly what part of Europe it was in, but then I’d […]

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Cyprus – An island of two halves

Cyprus Church

Cyprus – A Short Guide Cyprus is a small island in the Mediterranean. It’s divided into two halves, a Turkish half and a Greek half. Its divided geography is like its history – complicated! The history of Cyprus is a history of its overlords and occupiers, which reads like a who’s […]

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