Author: Sara Dobak

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Celebrating the September Equinox – autumn festivals around the world

Autumn has always been my favourite time of year. The trees begin to shed their jewelled leaves and the Sun starts to descend on its annual path, casting deep, golden shafts of light across fields and homesteads in the late afternoons. According to the shops, it’s already almost Christmas, but stop! I don’t want to fast-forward to the end of December, I want to savour this wonderful, transitional time of year. And what better way...

7 unusual holiday ideas – how to add stargazing to your travel plans

The worst thing about going on holiday is that all too soon it will be over and you’ll be wearing those post-holiday blues like an invisible blanket of gloom. Our leisure time is limited so it’s tempting to stick to a tried-and-tested formula that you know works best. But what if your needs have changed or you want to try something a little different, yet sustainable? There are many new trends in tourism to tempt...

Edvard Grieg’s Troldhaugen – in the home of Norway’s musical king

Click on this link, close your eyes and listen for a couple of minutes. What does the music make you think of? Even if you already recognise composer Edvard Grieg’s classic ‘Morning Mood’ masterpiece, there is no doubt this is one of those musical works of genius which conveys exactly what it is supposed to. There is something about the composition that evokes an image of our noble sun rising at dawn, in a pastoral scene...

The Castle Garden of Malmö – an urban oasis

Less than 10 minutes’ walk from Malmö’s Central Train Station and even closer to the city’s famous Lilla Torg medieval square, lies a little enclave of ecological heaven which is easy to miss if you don’t know it’s there. The Castle Garden, or Slottsträdgården, is an organically-managed series of plant and vegetable gardens with a café, nestled between the major attractions of Malmö Castle and the impressive trees and parkland of both Slottsparken and the...

Lilla Torg – medieval Malmö’s little square, in pictures

  ‘If you’re short on time, you’ve got to visit Lilla Torg first’, my fellow hotel guest advised, without hesitation, ‘it’s a beautiful little medieval square less than 15 minutes from here’. And I was indeed short on time. I had just a few hours – a tiny window during a hectic weekend celebrating my best friend’s son’s wedding, where I could explore Malmö, Sweden’s gateway city from across the Øresund Bridge, which connects the country...

7 reasons to feel the love on Valentine’s Day

Love is in the air… Well… for some, perhaps – certainly there’s some love from the retail sector, as cash registers go ker-ching across the western world. This is because we’re all rushing out to buy the perfect (i.e. not too gushing/rude/cutesy) Valentine card, frantically trying to book a half-decent restaurant (because, quite frankly, you’ve left it too late), or choosing the least-cheap-looking bunch of flowers we can afford (seriously, how much can a dozen...