Few cities have romantic legend in the bag as much as Verona. Sure, Paris is still the capital of Lurve with a capital L and New York is the home of cinematic lovefests from An Affair to Remember to Sleepless in Seattle, but Verona has Romeo & Juliet and no rom-com can trump that.
As well as being the stomping ground for Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, Verona is actually a beautiful, lesser-spotted Italian city that’s well worth a visit, whether you snoozed through Romeo & Juliet at school or not.
Here’s my tips for what to see and do in Verona, with a little sprinkle of romance along the way:
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Few places are as synonymous with Swinging Sixties London as Carnaby Street. Hear Carnaby and you’ll likely get a vision of Mods, mini-skirts and a golden era of British music, carefully entwined with era-defining fashion.
Flash forward to the Carnaby Street of 2014 and it’s as buzzing as ever. Even though the streets aren’t thronged with rival Mod vs Rocker gangs, music and fashion still infuse this corner of London with an irresistible rock ‘n roll spirit. Despite being a street away from Regent Street and a stroll from the bustle of Oxford Street, these days Carnaby feels like a hidden gem tucked away in London’s side streets. Of course, this sounds ridiculous because London is so well-trodden but when you walk around Carnaby, the streets, shops, boutiques and eateries have a quirky stamp of individuality (without being horribly hipster-ish).
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“Everyone should visit Bath at least once” says our tour guide. This is my second time here and already I’m thinking ‘I want to come back’. Whether you’re a Jane Austen buff, a fan of masonic architecture, a foodie who’s heard about the Great Bath Feast or someone who’s in love with the charms of southwest England, or none of the above, Bath is one place I can’t imagine everyone falling a bit in love with. Put simply, this is the kind of place I want to live in, when I’m settling down with Johnny Depp, of course.
You can check out my gallery of Bath snaps at the bottom or if you’re heading to Bath (and you really, really should), here are ten things you can’t leave without seeing/doing:
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So you’re going to be in Dublin and you want to know where the cool kids stay? Let me tell you…
In my mind I divide hotels into three categories: first, there’s kind that’s so lovely you could take your mam to it. Secondly, there’s the semi-fancy kind you and your friends or you and your Ryan Gosling-esque (if you squint) boyfriend can take over for a weekend. Then there’s the third category and the most elusive one of all – the super-stylish hotel where you expect to see a fashion shoot taking place at each turn. Dublin’s Gibson Hotel is the latter.
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Confession: when I think of Newcastle ‘fashion capital’ doesn’t exactly spring to mind. In recent years the city has been immortalised through the antics of perma-tanned Geordie Shore folk and the big haired Geordie queen herself, Cheryl Cole. So, when the chance to visit the city came up a couple of months ago, I hit the toon with an open mind and found all the ingredients for a sartorially-focused getaway. And I didn’t need a spray tan or false lashes either.
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