Celebrate Living
An auspicious date
One day, two weddings, 4,000 miles between them. Inntravel’s Aimée Smith explores how a colleague’s Hindu ceremony contrasted with her own Yorkshire celebrations.
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Aimée Smith
03 Apr 2018 | 0 comments
Toasting the grape harvest
The Minho is famous for being a particularly green area of Portugal, but the lively processions and vibrant floral displays of the vindima celebrations turn this usually serene land into a riot of sound and colour...
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Jack Montgomery
16 Feb 2018 | 0 comments
May the children flourish...
We are delighted to announce that the new school building in the village of Kharpani in Nepal’s Sailung Valley has re-opened, as Village Ways’ Alexandra Hearn reports...
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Alex Hearn, Village Ways
05 Jun 2017 | 0 comments
Witches, eggs & exploding carts
With Easter just around the corner, Peter Williamson looks at some of the many varied traditions, carnivals and celebrations taking place across Europe.
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Peter Williamson
10 Apr 2017 | 0 comments
200 years of pedal power
As cyclists the world over start to celebrate the 200th anniversary of their favourite mode of transport, Sarah Lyon discovers a less than straightforward story…
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Sarah Lyon, Writer
09 Feb 2017 | 0 comments
By brilliant bracken, and mellow granite crag...
Peter Williamson discovers how the landscapes and people of Derbyshire inspired one of England’s literary greats, almost exactly 170 years ago...
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Peter Williamson
09 Feb 2017 | 0 comments
Yuletide traditions
They say variety is the spice of life. Peter Williamson delves into some of the more unusual traditions that are celebrated across Europe over the festive period.
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Peter Williamson
10 Oct 2016 | 0 comments
Taking on Krampus isn’t a good idea!
Some festive traditions leave you with a rosy glow inside. Others are the stuff of nightmares, as Peter Williamson discovers...
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Peter Williamson
09 Sep 2016 | 0 comments
When Cnut ruled the waves
One thousand years ago, in 1016, a Viking warrior chieftain battled his bloody way to the throne of all England. Here's his story...
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Peter Williamson
22 Apr 2016 | 0 comments
Shropshire’s F word
Besides its castles and colourful history, there’s one thing that Shropshire stands out for: its festivals. Indeed, there’s a veritable feast of them, as Marie Kreft reveals.
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Marie Kreft, Bradt Guide author
02 Feb 2016 | 0 comments
Riding to Røros
Røros – a little town with long-established traditions, its own unique and fascinating charm – and an historic Winter Fair.
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Peter Williamson
23 Sep 2015 | 0 comments
Teide’s Tajinaste
While Mexico has its Monarch butterflies and Christmas Island has its crabs, Tenerife has its tajinaste, another annual natural phenomenon eagerly awaited and exhaustively photographed.
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Andy Montgomery
06 May 2015 | 0 comments
The Quay to Bordeaux
Our man in France, Stéphan Bosc, tells us of his love for his home town Bordeaux's Fête du Fleuve, or River Festival.
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Peter Williamson
29 Apr 2015 | 0 comments
The curious incident of Vincent & the bees
Arguably one of the greatest painters of all time, Vincent Van Gogh (pronounced ’goff’), died 125 years ago on 29 July 1890...
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Peter Williamson
17 Apr 2015 | 0 comments
100-year anniversary of Ingrid Bergman
Reflecting on her career in later life from her idyllic island retreat off Sweden’s spectacular west coast, Hollywood legend, Ingrid Bergman admitted she’d had a wonderful life.
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Peter Williamson
09 Apr 2015 | 0 comments
Walking Festival
As Tenerife stages its first Walking Festival, Andy Montgomery of Buzz Trips takes it all in her stride...
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Andy Montgomery
19 Mar 2015 | 0 comments
“Not a footstep to be seen!”
They were an intrepid breed, those well-to-do British Victorian adventurers, who decided to explore, climb, walk, seek and conquer the wonders of the natural world simply because they were there and no-one had done it before.
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Peter Williamson
18 Mar 2015 | 0 comments
The Singing Christmas Tree
A singing WHAT?!...” I hear you ask. Yes, a Christmas tree that sings. Kind of...
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Steve Jack
08 Dec 2014 | 0 comments
The Festival of Lucia
If you are thinking of visiting Sweden in the run-up to Christmas, then prepare to be enchanted. With Nordic style very much to the fore, any sense of gaudiness or tackiness will be noticeably – and mercifully – absent.
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Steve Jack
08 Dec 2014 | 0 comments
Songs of Winter
In a faraway land of ice and snow, one man took it upon himself to create something beautiful and unique from his frozen surroundings.
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Peter Williamson, Inntravel
08 Dec 2014 | 0 comments
Traditional Songs of the Alentejo
Most people, understandably, think that UNESCO is just concerned with highlighting exceptional historic buildings and unique geographical regions that deserve protection due to their World Heritage Status...
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Peter Williamson
03 Dec 2014 | 0 comments
30 Years of Travel
As Inntravel celebrates its 30th birthday this year, we thought we’d cast our minds back to those exciting early days when it all started, reflecting on how the experience of travel has changed in three short decades…
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19 Nov 2014 | 0 comments
The Sound of Christmas
Emily Mawson left for the Alps after completing her languages degree and has never looked back. She is now based in Zürich as a freelance writer, and has written on travel for Coast, National Geographic Traveller and The Guardian. Here, she explains what makes Salzburg so special at Christmas...
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Emily Mawson (writer)
14 Nov 2014 | 0 comments
The Most Serene Republic of Venice
The remarkable city of Venice hosts a number of historic regattas and pageants each year, the narrow streets and waterways exploding with noise, colour and life...
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Peter Williamson
15 Jan 2014 | 0 comments
Semana Santa Chica
Semana Santa is one of the biggest, most flamboyant festivals on the Spanish calendar, but you don't need to brave the crowds in Seville to enjoy the pageantry and processions.
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Peter Williamson
13 Jan 2014 | 0 comments
Magical Gothenburg
Sweden’s second city doesn’t hold back when it comes to Christmas.
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Steve Jack
15 Sep 2013 | 0 comments
What a Pálava!
The Pálava Wine Festival is one of many celebrations in the Czech Republic that mark the grape harvest each year.
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Steve Jack
21 May 2013 | 0 comments
The Cotswold Olimpick Games
Thousands of spectators and competitors gather on Dover’s Hill in Chipping Campden each May for one of the country's most unusual and highly entertaining sports events.
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Peter Williamson
17 May 2013 | 0 comments
Quirky Quimper
Quimper, capital of the department of Finistère, is a beautiful little city in the far west of Brittany, at the heart of Breton-speaking territory and a bastion of Breton culture in all its forms.
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Peter Williamson, Inntravel
01 Apr 2013 | 0 comments
Festivals, fairs and annual gatherings – some have religious significance, others have their roots in age-old beliefs, and some are little more than thinly disguised excuses to celebrate. Whatever the rationale behind them, however sombre or colourful they may be, they embody local culture and enrich our experience of the places we visit.