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The 20 greatest cities to visit in spring

John Keats was not a man given to effusive bursts of happiness, Witness his brooding “Ode to a Nightingale”, written in the growing warmth of May 1819, but lost to an opening line of: “My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains my sense/ As though of hemlock I had drunk”. And yet even this most …

Travel

Serbs boycott as Kosovo celebrates 10 years of independence

One of the poorest regions in Europe, the disputed territory has taken a first step to joining the EU in a bid to bolster the economic well-being of its citizens<p><i>Cody Punter is a Canadian photojournalist who started documenting life in Kosovo in the lead up to the country's 10th anniversary late</i> …

Europe

Kosovo marks 10th anniversary of independence from Serbia

Kosovo on Saturday celebrates 10 years since it declared independence, a moment of pride for its ethnic Albanian majority, although sovereignty remains fiercely contested by Serbia.<p>The capital Pristina is covered in the blue-and-yellow Kosovan flag for a weekend of festivities, with Kosovo-born …

Europe

Review: The Sofia Hotel Balkan, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Looking for a spot of luxury for your sleep in Sofia, Bulgaria? If you’re willing to take the classical Soviet-style of elegance then the Sofia Hotel …

Hospitality

13 curious facts about Europe's youngest country (in more ways than one)

It is a corner of the European continent whose precise status has been a source of considerable controversy for a decade - and today (February 17) is the reddest of its red-letter dates. But what do you know about Kosovo, the most mysterious - and disputed - part of the Balkans? The following 13 …

Kosovo Finds Little to Celebrate After 10 Years of Independence

PRISTINA, Kosovo — I first arrived in Kosovo nearly 20 years ago. In 1999, NATO intervened on the side of ethnic Albanian rebels against the forces of Slobodan Milosevic’s Serbia. I came to cover the war.<p>As NATO bombs fell, Serbian forces opened a campaign of ethnic cleansing that drove almost a …

Europe

From Albania to Benidorm, the 10 destinations we're all getting wrong

Destinations are not objective pleasures; there are horses for courses. And yet we judge a place or adventure by reputation. Paris in the springtime; a sundowner on safari; diving on the Great Barrier Reef: these are on most travel bucket lists. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll love them. …

Travel

Unlocking Croatia’s Secret to Slow Living

Photo by Kevin Faingnaert<p>The crowded Banje Bach in Dubrovnik<p>To truly immerse yourself in Croatia’s most famous city, slow down, sink in, and stay in …

European Travel

Five Top European Ski Spots With Cultural Verve

Heading to Europe’s big cities after the Christmas markets have died down and before the flowers bloom is like wearing a suit on an overnight flight: …

European Travel

Greece welcomes Macedonian move to settle name dispute

Balkan state considering alternative names such as Upper Macedonia or New Macedonia<p>Greece has welcomed an announcement by the Macedonian prime minister that his country is willing to change its name, in a sign that one of the world’s most vexing disputes could soon be solved.<p>Athens described Zoran …

Europe

Black Lamb and Grey Falcon

• <b>Author:</b> Rebecca West & Christopher Hitchens<p><b>“Rebecca West’s magnum opus . . . one of the great books of our time.” —The New Yorker</b> <b></b><br>Written on the brink of World War II, Rebecca West’s classic examination of the history, people, and politics of Yugoslavia illuminates a region that is still a focus of …

Books

Serbia and Montenegro could join EU in 2025, says Brussels

Foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says other western Balkan countries could catch up<p>Serbia and Montenegro could join the EU in 2025, the European commission has said, as Brussels seeks to renew the path to membership for six western Balkan states after years of distracting economic crises and …

Europe

Macedonia renames airport, highway to ease spat with Greece

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's left-wing government has renamed the country's main airport and highway, both previously named after the ancient warrior king Alexander the Great, in a goodwill move toward neighboring Greece.<p>Government spokesman Mile Boshnjakovski told The Associated Press on …

Europe

Is Albania Eastern Europe's answer to the Amalfi Coast?

“Albania!” my barrister friend exclaimed when Mrs Harding divulged our holiday destination. “What have you done wrong?”<p>The answer, in short, was that we were taking a punt on the word of a politician. In a political interview I did for this newspaper with Edi Rama, the country’s prime minister, …

European Travel

For Two Countries, The Dispute Over Macedonia's Name Is Rooted In National Identity

To an outsider, this most Balkan of conflicts looks absurd: two countries fighting over a name and a historical icon who lived 25 centuries ago.<p>But the 26-year-old dispute between two southeastern European neighbors — Greece and Macedonia, over who owns the name "Macedonia" — is seen by both sides …

Europe

Greeks rally in Athens over Macedonia name row

ATHENS (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of Greeks rallied outside parliament in Athens on Sunday to protest against the use of the term Macedonia in any settlement the government pursues with the ex-Yugoslav Republic to end a decades-old name row.<p>The two countries have agreed to step up …

Europe

20 of Europe’s best new hotels and hostels for 2018

Fancy staying in a converted convent or an old post office that’s been given a new stamp of style? Wepick new places across Europe, from affordable dorms to sea view suites<p><b>Torel Avantgarde,</b> <b>Porto</b><p><b>Doubles from</b> €90 room-only<b><br>Opened</b> September 2017<b><br>Bedrooms</b> 47<br>As the name suggests, this new boutique hotel</i> …

European Travel

10 things to do in Ljubljana

In recent years, Ljubljana has transformed itself from a congested, fume-filled city to a vibrant, cyclist-friendly oasis, teeming with cultural …

European Travel

What streets look like in 30 cities around the world

1/<p>Marrakech, Morocco<p>Ekaterina Pokrovsky/Shutterstock<p>Marrakech is a vibrant city awash in color. Take a stroll through the Medina, a walled medieval …

European Travel

UN envoy: Macedonia spat could be resolved in coming months

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — A United Nations envoy said Thursday he remained optimistic that neighbors Macedonia and Greece could resolve a name dispute that has strained relations between the two countries for more than a quarter of a century.<p>After talks with Macedonian leaders in capital Skopje, …

Europe

7 ways to save money on your trip to Slovenia

While Slovenia may not be as expensive as its neighboring countries, the country has been getting more foreign visitors each year, and this has meant …

European Travel

Top 10 Most Beautiful Countries in Europe

Europe…there’s no other place like it in the world. Its fabulous monuments reveal one layer of history after another, and its breathtaking natural …

Europe

37 Photos That Will Make You Fall for Montenegro

In many ways, Montenegro is the perfect country. Locals welcome you with open arms, the cuisine is deep and delicious, […]37 Photos That Will Make …

European Travel

50 epic river journeys you must do in 2018

Ever since river cruise companies began throwing serious money at their hardware, river cruising’s star has been in the ascendant. Old hands who cruised Europe and Russia in the early Nineties speak of mediocre food, drab interiors and no “service” to speak of. The 21st century experience couldn’t …

Cruise Ships

Why Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana should be your next European weekend break

By , Chris Osburn is a freelance writer, photographer, consultant, and curator. He is the driving force behind the long running and award winning …

European Travel

8 buzzy European cities to visit in 2018 before everyone else

From Belgrade to Hamburg, where to go for an alternative city break not overrun with tourists...<p>A new year means new holidays to book and new …

European Travel

Beautiful Small Towns in Europe More Americans Should Visit

So you’ve gone and booked a big ol’ flight across the pond. The siren call of wildly cheap airfares to Europe proved too strong to resist -- you may …

European Travel

The "Up And Coming" Trending Destinations Of 2018 - According To TripAdvisor...

What if you could visit a destination before all the mainstream tourists, right when it just begins to hit it’s prime? Enter TripAdvisors 2018 …

Brazil

Top things to do in Split, Croatia

Top Choice Church in Split<p>Split’s octagonal cathedral is one of the best-preserved ancient Roman buildings standing today. It was built as a mausoleum for Diocletian, the last famous persecutor of the Christians, who was interred here in 311…<p>Top Choice Historic Site in Split<p>Facing the harbour, …

Europe

Places You Should Visit in 2018 Before They Get Too Popular

For every primo travel destination, there’s a sweet spot to find it. Visit too soon -- say, before the airlines start offering half-decent service …

Travel