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Sun, Sangria and Semana Santa in Seville

Gazing at my pin map of Europe one rainy afternoon I was drawn to Spain, I don't know if it was that saying  'the rain in Spain stays mainly on the plane' and the fact it was raining outside that made me notice there were hardly any pins in that country in comparison to some of the other countries on my map of Europe. I decided there and then that I was going to plan my next trip to Spain.

I had no desire to go to one of the popular 'Brits abroad' destinations. I wanted more authentic Spain. Somewhere where we could learn something new about the country's values, cultures and traditions. Both me and my partner had visited Barcelona and we were keen to discover somewhere new. I also have a Spanish friend in Valencia and have been educated on Valencian history, culture, religion and traditions by her. It was time to cultivate my knowledge of Spain in an new area of the country.  We were torn between Granada and Seville, both cities exhibit Moorish influenced arch…

Cesky Krumlov

If you were to ask an English person if they had ever been to anywhere in the Czech Republic, the answer would probably be Prague. It is, after all, one of the top stag and hen destinations in Europe. I'm not going to lie, when my boyfriend suggested that we visit Cesky Krumlov back in July, I had never even heard of it. The town lies in the South Bohemian region of the Czech Republic, just north of the Austrian border.

We incorporated a visit to Cesky Krumlov on our road trip around Bavarian Germany and the Austrian Alps. Our round trip started in Nuremburg, then on hiring a car, we travelled to Munich, then Salzburg, Hallstatt, Cesky Krumlov and finally back to Nuremburg. I really wanted to talk more about Cesky Krumlov, because it is less well known than the other destinations on our trip and it truly is a beautiful little medieval town, that not as many people seem to know about.

On arrival into the town we discovered that cars are not permitted to enter the old town. So after…

France - Alsace Region

I was initially attracted to the quaint little towns and villages of the Alsace region of France because of their medieval, colourful houses which looked like a scene from a Disney film. I was besotted, not only because I had never really heard much about this region of France, but also because of it's geographic location.

The entire region rests along the French-German border, with Switzerland lying to the south. Imagine my excitement when I realised I could access this region easily from Basel-Mulhouse airport with easyJet. The low fares and one hour thirty flight time (from Manchester) meant that it was an affordable holiday and I would arrive at my destination in no time at all. The whole region is fairly compact, you can reach Strasbourg, the capital of the Alsace, which lies in the north from Basel in less than an hour and a half by car. (One word of advice if you hire a car in Basel airport: Make sure you remember if you hired the car from the French or Swiss side of the a…