Europe

How the Little Mermaid become a symbol of Denmark

Sitting on a bed of rocks surrounded by people from virtually every corner, The Little Mermaid is an iconic spectacle in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, Scandinavia’s smallest nation and oldest kingdom.

During the summer months, hundreds – if not thousands – flock around this statue, which has graced the Langelinie harbour for more than 100 years.

What attracts tourists to it? It’s not only the focus of a well-known ballet performance or the most popular Disney animated movie. One of the most interesting twists to the plot is that the author of this popular fairytale is a Dane.

The fairytale was first…
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How the Little Mermaid become a symbol of Denmark

5 EUROPE FESTIVALS

If you’re planning to escape South Africa’s pending chilly season for a sunny traverse in Europe, plan for it to coincide with one of its coveted festivals. What better way to do so than exploring each of the cities in which they’re held by foot with the On Foot Holidays which offers specialised self-guided walking holidays through Europe? Take a walk on the festive side with one of the below.

100 Miles of Istria – Croatia, April

100 Miles of Istria.

1000 supreme runners cover some of Croatia’s most spectacular…
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5 EUROPE FESTIVALS

City Guide: Rome

Rome

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Known as the Eternal City, Rome is Italy’s capital and at the centre of its history. With ancient ruins and buildings visible throughout the city, it’s highlighted as an international tourism hotspot.

Founded in around 753 BC, there are over 2 500 year’s worth of culture and attractions to explore in the city – all of which are well-deserving of a traveller’s time and euros.

TRAVEL TIPS

Getting around Rome is relatively easy – travel by train and bus to major points and then walk your way through the rest. Walking is the only way for…
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City Guide: Shoreditch

Art on the Shoreditch streets.

Art provides the landscape for everyday life in Shoreditch.

A new wave of young professionals have moved in, sending property prices sky-rocketing in what was once a working-class neighbourhood between Old Street and Bethnal Green. The boom was kick-started by the likes of British artists Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin, who moved in during the Nineties, followed by scores of artistic bohemians.

Today Shoreditch is jam-packed with lofts, galleries, chic bars and restaurants, coffee shops and clubs. But it’s here, interspersed in the maze of odd-angled…
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City Guide: Munich

The beautiful city of Munich. Image courtesy iStock

The beautiful city of Munich. Image courtesy iStock

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There’s a lot more to Munich than beer and bratwurst. The city is dominated by those twin attractions when the famous Oktoberfest rolls around, but the capital of German’s Bavaria region has other fun and quirky attractions too, building a vibrant atmosphere from its rich but sombre history.

Munich dates back to about 1158 and is choc-a-bloc with past and present cultural delights. The city’s artistic side kicked up a notch in 2013 when 1…
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