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Cruising the Thousand Islands Lake

Jan 6th, 2014 | By

Some five hours southwest of Shanghai lies the lakeside resort town of Qiandaohuzhen, or Qiandao for short. Anna Maria Espsäter takes her camera on a pleasure boat cruise to check out what’s become known as the Thousand Islands Lake.

Having a bauble in the Baltic – Christmas markets out east

Dec 13th, 2013 | By

Over the last decade the three Baltic capitals have firmly established themselves as appealing Christmas market destinations. Anna Maria Espsäter gives you the low-down on this year’s markets in all three cities.

Portuguese pursuits – rural retreats and versatile wines

Dec 7th, 2013 | By

After discovering the seascapes and maritime heritage along the coast, Anna-Maria heads inland to the rural heartlands and winelands of Centro de Portugal .

Portuguese pursuits – call of the cod

Dec 5th, 2013 | By

Few Brits venture off the beaten track in Portugal. Here Anna-Maria explores the seaside and countryside of Centro de Portugal in a two-part feature.

Christmas up north – traditional markets in the Nordic countries

Nov 22nd, 2013 | By

Cosy and convivial, without being too kitsch, Christmas markets in the Nordic north have a long-standing tradition. Anna Maria Espsäter investigates some of the best locations across four countries.

A weekend of roaming Romania

Nov 4th, 2013 | By

After many invasions over the centuries, Anna Maria lead a small Swedish-Welsh invasion of two to see what Romania offers the visitor- other than vampires!

Venture further in Fuerteventura

Oct 29th, 2013 | By

Anna-Maria found, despite her cynical persuasion, herself developing a certain fondness for this comparatively quiet, if somewhat bleak, Atlantic holiday spot.

A grand time in Gran Canaria

Oct 23rd, 2013 | By

Gran Canaria has a longstanding reputation as the place to enjoy year-round sunshine, fantastic beaches and lazy days by the pool, but recent years have seen the islands diversifying, offering much more than the average package tour. Anna Maria Espsäter goes in search of a holiday with a difference.

The best of Stockholm archipelago

Sep 19th, 2013 | By

Anna-Maria leaves Stockholm to explore some of the 30,000 islands that are in the archipelago that stretches for over a hundred miles off the Swedish capital.

Finnish Lapland’s northern lights on tour in the UK

Sep 12th, 2013 | By

In a new EU-funded venture, the Lapland and North of Finland tourist board has launched the “No Ordinary” tourism campaign in the UK, to promote Finnish Lapland as one of Europe’s last unspoilt wilderness regions.

Amazing Azores – an atlantic adventure

Sep 5th, 2013 | By

Anna Maria Espsäter takes a hike on two of the Azores’ nine islands. They s slap-bang in the middle of the Atlantic, over 900 miles west of the Portuguese mainland.

Oporto unplanned

Aug 16th, 2013 | By

Anna Maria Espsäter heads off to historic Oporto, Portugal’s second city, famed for its fortified wines, for a day of serendipitous sight-seeing and sampling.

Oslo – a good old Munch and much more

Aug 8th, 2013 | By

Anna Maria Espsäter urges you to visit Oslo. The city is currently celebrating renowned Norwegian painter Edvard Munch’s 150th anniversary, with multiple exhibitions and events, adding to the city’s many permanent attractions.

Best of Dorchester

Jun 25th, 2013 | By

Historic Dorchester, in Dorset, dates back an astounding 4,500 years. Anna Maria Espsäter visits its Roman ruins and quirky museums.

A stroll through Seoul

Jun 4th, 2013 | By

Two days are barely enough to scratch the shiny surface of Seoul, but it’s a start. Undoubtedly others might recommend different itineraries altogether, but that’s the beauty of a big city – there are always new areas to discover.

Colombia: South America’s most up and coming destination (part two)

May 11th, 2013 | By

Anna Maria Espsäter continues her exploration of Colombia, looking at the Caribbean and Pacific coasts, salsa capital Cali and the south, followed by the Colombian Amazon

Colombia: South America’s most up and coming destination (part one)

May 9th, 2013 | By

Only a decade ago Colombia was a place for the hardy, or some would say foolhardy, visitor, but recent years have been ringing in the changes in this north-western corner of the South American continent

Stockholm in spring: a walking tour of the Swedish capital

Apr 27th, 2013 | By

Stockholm, often nicknamed Venice of the North, is quite as pretty as its Italian counterpart, far less pungent and most certainly not about to sink. Anna Maria Espsäter roams the city in search of perfect places to enjoy springtime in the Swedish capital

Exploring Eurovision Host City Malmö, Sweden’s Green City

Mar 18th, 2013 | By

Malmö will be in the spotlight this spring as Eurovision mania takes over the city. Anna Maria Espsäter takes a sneak peek at the city’s sights in the run-up to the song contest which will be held two months from today

Time out in Tampere

Feb 18th, 2013 | By

For a Finnish short break with a difference, the city of Tampere provides a great mix of wintry culture and nature with its fascinating museums and scenic lakeside location, writes Anna Maria Espsater

A winter visit to Copenhagen

Feb 12th, 2013 | By

Anna Maria journeys to Copenhagen and finds that Denmark’s capital of cool delights – even in winter

Where in the world is Värmland (and why go there?)

Jan 21st, 2013 | By

The county of Värmland in western Sweden, situated only two hours from Oslo airport in Norway, is surprisingly easily reached from the UK, yet still this scenic part of the world remains little known to the British public, says Anna Maria Epsater

Quirky Washington

Dec 22nd, 2012 | By

The planet’s most powerful city is also one of the world’s quirkiest. Anna Maria Espsäter has the low-down

Where to ski in Europe this season

Dec 11th, 2012 | By

As ski enthusiasts look to the new season, Anna Maria Espsater tells us everything we need to know about Europe’s ski scene

Welcome to Washington

Nov 29th, 2012 | By

In the wake of Barack Obama’s re-election, there’s only one place to be this winter: Washington DC. Anna Maria Espsäter shows us the way to go

Malaga: more than a gateway

Nov 25th, 2012 | By

There’s more to Málaga than sun and sand, says Anna Maria Espsater. Read her report on the capital of the Costa del Sol, here

Lapland, skiing and the man with a dream

Nov 3rd, 2012 | By

Anna-Marie explains why there is no better place to experience both aurora borealis and winter pursuits than Swedish Lapland, home to the original Ice Hotel and several pristine ski resorts.