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historical.European. You can fill up on the tasters alone.all. Tate ENGLAND TIP Take a and v day trip is Camb it historic Top left: Burlington arcade in Piccadilly.but.the.incredible. was Britain’s first shopping arcade Top right: Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace Opposite: Brick Lane ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO EUROPE 10 . 30.the.Royal. free. opened in 1819.of.the.the. 80km just f centr rom the e of L ondon ..high. experience. is... Street.enter. perfect.are.Botanic.on..300. boasts.a. Regents Canal or The Tower on the River Thames.all.different.up.Westminster. of. CRE W’ WHY NOT? Go on an urban kayaking experience with Thames River Adventures from Hampton And.Gardens.British. city.Palace.appetite.London..such.the.Church.Margaret’ TRY A visit to Borough Markets. Westminster.which.. MORE INFO www. which is food heaven. Then visit the world’s most visited modern art gallery.Street. Viewing. as. LONDON MUST-DO Take in the views over London – looking across the Houses of Parliament to Buckingham Palace – from the London Eye.there.

National.heritage.acclaimed.with.arts. Balsall Heath and Moseley areas that make this the UK’s curry WHY NOT? Remember the ’60s with a cool and kitsch evening in the Tiger Lounge’s basement bar in Cooper films or even the weekly knitting club. United.140.the.Proud.Club..stages.Bullring.Lowry.opentop.a.Triangle:. Birmingham.’ restored.full..the.with.coolest.the.performing.malls. TRY Warm Birmingham..first. stunning.rock.You’ll.the.Football.Sadler’ free.temperature.Country.more.$A100-million.Birmingham.Square.Royal. the.of. follow the Tolkien which fired the imagination of the author of the Lord of the Rings as he grew’ department.the. which passes landmarks such as Moseley Bog and the Two Towers (of Edgbaston)’ Rome.including. Birmingham’s. . is.of.Pantheon. nation’ about.from. with. The.worth.of.. And. TRY The British national dish – chicken tikka masala – in the Balti Triangle around the Sparkbrook. home to the largest public collection of Pre-Raphaelite art in the world. Most. without.biggest.full. become. MORE INFO www..stimulation.The. Drink real ale at the Kings Arms in Salford and enjoy whatever is on that night – plays.the.Orchestra.and.which..Crufts.a.’s.the.Northern.Oasis.most.heart. such. The Imperial War Museum North is well worth a 12 13 ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO EUROPE BIRMINGHAM MUST-DO A visit to Birmingham wouldn’t be complete without seeing the great exhibitions and collections at the Birmingham Museum & Art In. MANCHESTER MUST-DO Take an open-top bus tour from St Peter’s Square and visit some of the’’’s. Canal-side barges and cafes.industrialised. gigs.–’ including. also.concerts..shops.industrial.Peter’s. MORE INFO www.Manchester’ Centre.modern. or better still.shopper’s.lure.stores. bars.are. intimate.a.outskirts. Ballet.that.started. houses.’’s.both.the.and.powerhouse..Manchester’ ENGLAND Manchester ENGLAND The shopping hub of Exchange Square The Imperial War Museum ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO EUROPE WHY NOT? Take a canal-side combines.the.innovative. internationally.venues. the.a.high. restaurants. boutiques.

the.River.the.. To.are.bars.the.west.of.It.. WHY NOT? Relive the golden era of travel and take a steam train through the and. smaller.fairs.Tyne..years.restaurants.Centre.trip.river.a.Scottish.cultural.Scotland.on. city.history. the. Left: Newcastle’s landmark Tyne Bridge Right: Quayside ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO EUROPE WHY NOT? Visit the largest indoor shopping centre in Europe.title.of.Scots.. as.bridges. GLASGOW MUST-DO Visit the Glasgow School of Art. architecture.not. It stands on the site of the wooden New Castle..the.festivals.Food.wide. MORE INFO its. your.should.history.for.. MORE INFO ENGLAND Glasgow Scotland’s.of. which was built by a son of William the Conqueror and gave the city its name.Millennium.stylish.programme.see.means. and. ‘hyem’ is home and ‘nowt’ means a Mackintosh classic and a hub for architecture and design in Scotland SCOTLAND TIP In any city.of..the.neeps..museums.and.taste. But.‘ ur d thing n and leav reason s to e es ne xplore w .city.are.England.get.....and.Gateshead.The.Scotland’s.biggest. the MetroCentre in nearby Gateshead.and.from.built.the.a.coastal..often.countryside.the.that.of..the. Quayside.on. TRY Talking to one of the locals in the Geordie accent: ‘alreet’ means alright..the. 14 15 ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO EUROPE NEWCASTLE MUST-DO Visit the Castle Glasgow’’s.with. designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Scotland’’–.Style’.com. and.Highland.Tyne.dazzling.April.occupation.’ every...River.stamping..masterwork..where.hallmark.. Newcastle. s time pend vis q durin iting a few uality g the sights day racing aroun rather tha It give d to s n s e to ret you a goo e it all.bridges..list.of. Nouveau. the.more.. The– Stone. CRE W Australian.of.but.cuisine.civil.Sydney.broad.cometoscotland.should. undisputed.short.summer.Drink.annual.for.of.. amazement.its.’ just.vibrant.mark..cafes. TRY A walk on the dark side with Mercat Glasgow’s Horror Walking Tour.the.with..the.statue. Mackintosh. Stephenson. famous..Real.only.Charles. tossing.of.a. Glasgow Newcastle Hamburg Manchester Amsterdam Birmingham Düsseldorf London Heathrow Frankfurt London Gatwick Prague Paris Munich Vienna Zurich Venice Milan Nice Madrid Rome Athens Larnaca Moscow European Network Istanbul Malta Manchester Birmingham London Heathrow London Gatwick Glasgow Newcastle Moscow Hamburg Amsterdam Düsseldorf Frankfurt Prague Paris Munich Vienna Zurich Milan Nice Venice Madrid Rome Athens Malta Istanbul Larnaca Brisbane Perth Sydney Melbourne Now flying to 25 European destinations.

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jugglers.exclusive.complete. somewhere. visit.Altstadt.of. which has been brewed here for centuries and is readily available in pubs and breweries in the old town.down. MORE INFO www..luxurious...turn.. ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO EUROPE WHY NOT? Take an evening tour through the Altstadt with a traditionally dressed. of.contrast.düsseldorf GERMANY r city some. the.and. 132-metre..was.light.Castle.the.fried.Castle. WHY NOT? Visit the world’s largest model railway at Miniatur Wunderland and watch toy trains tootling through panoramas including history. TRY Fresh fish at the Hamburg fish market.brilliantly.Museum.were.31-metrewide. Hamburg’s.choose.Dü – as has been the way since 1703.merchants.Avenue.night.. a.up.River.‘the.of.waffle.–.much.giant. busiest.describes..view. GERMANY Düsseldorf’s Altstadt MORE INFO roundabouts.five-metre-deep..Blankenese. (King’ of.month-long..1337.Friday..the.romance.can.times.the.more.the.has.the.organised.spire.fairground.longest.history. designer-label. sense. be you s when ure to find ’re the m out e down for th tro shuts e nigh or you t ’l how e l soon lea rn xpens can b ive a taxi e! W TI Which P eve CRE Hamburg HAMBURG MUST-DO Get a view of the villas and buildings of Hamburg from the deck of a steamer on a tour of the Alster lake in the heart of the city.middle.with.Hamburg’s.called.Europe’ ship.a.and..between.set.Today.port. 20 21 ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO EUROPE DÜSSELDORF MUST-DO Walk along the fashion mile of the lantern carrying night-watchman and hear spicy tales from Düsseldorf’s Hamburg.other.night. the.jetties.back. TRY Alt beer. diverting.threw. The Landungsbrücken jetties on the River Elbe The.planted. the Alps and the American there..from.. at. beautiful.’s.renamed.makers.sinful. everybody’s..will. every.sides. world’..Dü website.complete..mile. Delivered to the dock every Sunday until 9.cafes.housed.cup.has.a.ü

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courses.Of.a.Angels.Peter’’ moments.gladiators.where. TRY Don’t.more. empire.the. ‘ Top: Panoramic view of Nice from the Colline du Chateau Bottom: Restaurants and bars line the bustling Cours Saleya 26 27 ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO EUROPE NICE MUST-DO Walk along La Promenade des finished in AD’s.html WHY NOT? Admire Roman ingenuity at the Baths of n and t gelato a stop he .much..contemplate.packed.days.the.a. follows.Cary.a.. feel.enjoy.des.’ Rome ITALY TIP Spen d aroun a day walk d in you’ll Rome and g be im press Be su ed re Vatica to include MORE INFO www.has.feel.where.look.fought.20. TRY A glass of Castelli Romani from the Latium hills in one of the bars of Rome’s oldest markets.Hollywood. museum. Rome.Spanish. 3.18.on.title. the.Bay.the.bled.and.and.15.. The light in Nice has inspired many of the world’s greatest painters.up.La. monument.Hotel. private..means.that. Here. The.sand.the.–.there?.. for a view of the Roman cinema.nice FRANCE Meet the artists of old Nice by appointment through the Union des Commercants du for CRE W Laneway near Piazza Navona ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO EUROPE WHY NOT? Hire a car and drive along the Corniche to discover the Cote d’Azur in all its glory – from St Tropez to Monaco near the Italian .glass.Dolce.from.history.yachting.who.the.kilometres.the.and.Grant.Was. ever.and. where 1600 bathers enjoyed heated water and an openair Stroll.along. MORE INFO www.course. yourself.and.a.keep.The.Anita.just. iconic..word.for.. when.ruled.the.the. the birthplace of ROME MUST-DO Visit the Roman Colosseum and then walk up the Palatine the Campo de’ Trevi. Nice.of.Vita.impossible.history. wealthy. Steps. over. Sophia.stand.will.the.and. go parascending or water-skiing on the clear blue waters of the Bay of Angels.stay.

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