Category Archives: Holiday

Holidays are the perfect time to relax, explore, discover and sample another culture. A time to try different foods, drinks, language and festivals. Holidays give you ample time to enjoy local attractions or just lie on the beach in the sun.

Out and About at Cardiff’s Mardi Gras

Well you’ve worn a feather boa in Rio, caught beads in New Orleans and dressed with a papier-mâché head in Sydney so what LGBT Festivals worthy of note are left? Well one of the most lively and unlikely of destinations is Cardiff in South Wales. Despite having the reputation of rugby, mining and choir singing it has a vibrant and active gay and lesbian scene.

Every year on the first weekend in September, more than 40,000 LGBT revellers descend on the city for a weekend of glittering entertainment with fun and raunchy cabaret. The main party area is the massive expanse of Bute Park behind the gorgeous old Victorian Castle. Here there are marquees, stalls and stages a plenty where people perform and dance the night away.

There are also a number of gay friendly venues throughout the city that are hosting events ranging from theatrical groups, performance and sedate tea dances. There will be a selection of films on show at the Chapter Arts cinema. You are bound to have a weekend swamped with impersonations of Shirley Bassey and Lliza with two “LL’s”, this being Wales and all.

This year you missed the comparing excellence of Fanny Dazzle, Bella Endez and Kitty and Marcia. There were performances from Cardiff based group Fine Line and an exhibition of Urban Freestyle Display on their BMX bikes. As this is Wales you’d have to see the Gay Men’s Chorus and Madis Gras wouldn’t be the same without emo disco, this year provided by Bright Light was a must.

So if you are wondering where to be out, about and proud next year, put September in your calendar for a weekend of top quality free entertainment.

When Does Camping become Glamping?

The latest craze in camping fun is the attractive activity of glamping, camping with glamour. However, when does the  back to nature and living on the edge, take on an air of luxury and elegance?

Much has been made of the up scaled version of slumming it under canvas but to truly be considered a glampsite there are certain necessaries with which you must provided. Otherwise it’s just camping without erecting your tent.

A bona fide glampsite must first have spacious canvas constructions; yurts, tepees or massive tented safari lodges seemingly fit the bill. They have to be large enough to comfortably stand up in and easily move around. There should be no crawling over sleeping bags or having to push your rucksack into the corner. Ideally they will also be mounted on a wooden platform that extends to give its guests their own private verandah. This will help too protect you from the worst of any mud or rain.

Stylish Camping

Furnishings too should be at a luxurious premium. No inflatable beds and plastic patio sets, this is glamour camping. Any self-respecting glampsite should offer guests a proper sturdy wooden or cast iron bedstead, there should be wardrobes and side tables and a couple of comfy lounge chairs. Otherwise you may as well rough it with the rest of them.

Elegant Camping

All quality glampsite feature a log burning stove, providing heat, and somewhere to boil up a cuppa. Often there is a BBQ pit outside, this is great for the boys to play fire but for internal style there has to be a fitted stove. Buckets of water and large plastic water containers are also out; you need a functioning kitchen under canvas, a nice sink with draws and cupboards to store your utensils and supplies.

Glamorous Camping

Although shower blocks have come along in leaps and bounds, a glamper should expect an on-suite shower and flushing toilet. There’s no glamour in communal ablutions. A modern yurt or tepee should also be tastefully decorated with rugs and mats, cushions and wall hangings or pictures. Just because you are staying in a field, doesn’t mean you have to live like a caveman.


Now if the site you choose to visit isn’t offering these modest requirements then surely it’s just 3-star camping, for it to be glamping you need a little extra. Any site description that has a chandelier, flushing toilet and running water, now that is real camping in style.

Glamping in the UK

Why rough it when you can go glamping? Glamping is the stylish, elegant way to go camping in ultimate luxury. Tents are spacious affairs with high roofs, proper sumptuous beds, large wardrobes, relaxing armchairs and all the comfort of home. Many glamping sites have large yurts in which to sleep, these lattice frames are covered in canvas and have been provided accommodation for nomadic tribes of Central Asia for centuries.

Other camping options include well kitted out, old-fashioned bell tents as traditionally used by the army of yesteryear, tepee constructions or ultra-modern pods. Glamping accommodations also tend to have an independent power supply, carpeted flooring and come complete with wall hangings and pictures to complete the homely feel.

Six sites where can you glamp in the UK:-

 · East Thorne, Nr Bude, Cornwall

Mongolian yurt comfort in the Cornish countryside, each tent comes with its own sturdy beds, log burning stoves and internal furnishings. They all have their own wooden decking porch, so no muddy feet problems and a sheltered outdoor cooking area. The nearby village of East Thorne has a supermarket, two pubs and a Chinese, so everything you need is close at hand.

  • Springhill, Sussex

Another yurt resort on an organic farm just on the outskirts of Forest Row in Sussex. This site is situated in an area of outstanding beauty on the edge of the Weir Wood Reservoir and Ashdown Forest. The six-berth yurt comes with a comfy sofa bed and inflatable beds for additional people, fully functioning kitchen and electricity supply.

  • Cedar Valley, Hampshire

Take a holiday in safari style in the Hampshire countryside on the Bereleigh Estate. These canvas lodges have their own cane furniture, quality beds and wooden decks on which to relax. They have their own showers, flushing toilets and functioning sinks, set in 350 acres of splendid woodland of the South Downs National Park.

  • Cyfronydd, Welshpool, Powys

This small 10-acre site has three yurts each with a modern kitchen, private porch, toilet and shower. The site makes for a great base from where you can discover the gorgeous Powys countryside without the hassle of erecting a tent.

  • Freshwater Bay, Isle of White

High quality glamping on the Isle of White, each tent comes kitted out with strong wooden beds, cupboards and natural floorings and rugs. You can order supplies of fresh organic food and relax in the orchard at the café. At Freshwater Bay you can have a totally green holiday experience, with the owners encouraging visitors to leave their cars at home.

Eco-pods in Cornwall

The pods come with king size beds, foam mattresses and cotton sheets, solar lighting, kitchen area, BBQ, private shower and flushing toilet. This is all set in 26 acres of marvellous Cornwall, with plenty of places to visit within easy reach, alternatively just relax on your own sun deck and unwind.

Italy’s Modern, Medieval Sporting Festivals

Palio di Siena

Italy is a country of festivals, many of which can trace their origins back through the centuries. There are national, regional and local festivals, villages organise their own food sagra festivals, there are music festivals and time honoured religious celebrations. You can dress up in medieval costumes or cover the streets in coloured seeds, there are festivals for mushrooms, chocolate and onions but some of the more uniquely bizarre events are some of the sporting festivals.

Florence Football 1688

The history of many of the “Sporting” festivals developed out of medieval competitions and still has a place in Italy’s modern calendar of events. Along with the central competition there is always glamorous costumed parades to heralding in the contestants, lively music and streets bedecked with colourful banners and flags. Food plays an important part in the festivals and contestants and visitors alike don’t go hungry.

The top five most exciting Medieval Sporting Festivals are:-

Palio di Siena – Held twice a year in July and August

Siena Horse Race

This horse racing festival is a competition between the 17 districts of Siena where the ten competitors (the seven who didn’t compete in the previous year and three randomly chosen ones) ride around the massive Piazza del Campo in the centre of the town. The race course is around the piazza three, heart stopping times with as many as 40,000 people crammed into the square all desperate to see the action. The event can trace its history back to the 16th century, prior to this the town held races on buffalo and donkeys before horses were settled on as the beast of choice.

The festivals winning horse is the first to cross the finishing line, even if it is riderless, while the loser is considered to be the second placed horse and not the last to finish. The race is a fierce and anything goes, including interfering with fellow riders and their horses. The winning rider receives an elaborately hand painted palio, silk banner created each year by a different artist.

Calcio Storico Fiorentino (Florentine Football) – Florence – 3rd week of June

Foot Brawl

This is the crazy 50 minute, 27-a-side football/ rugby, free for all that has taken place in Florence’s Piazza di Santa Croce since 1530. Dressed in traditional medieval costume the object of the game is to score a goal, by any means possible. The only things that are banned are sucker punches and kicks to the head.

The strange football tournament is played out between the four ancient quarters of Florence and each has its own colours, traditions and costumes. The teams are Santa Croce (Azzurri, light blue), Santo Spirito (Bianchi, white), San Giovanni (Verdi, Green) and Santa Maria Novella (Rossi, Red). The rules allow players to use their hands and feet and you are allowed to kick, head butt, punch, choke and elbow opponents in order to score.

Corsa dei Ceri – Gubbio, 15th May

Corsa dei Ceri, Gubbio

Since 1160, on the eve of St Ubaldo’s Day, the “Corsa dei Ceri ”, the great candle race, has taken place in Gubbio, Umbria. Three teams carry 25’ wooden candles weighing 900 pounds through the narrow, cobbled streets of Gubbio, up Mount Ingino to the Basilica of St Ubaldo.

There is great competition between the three teams each representing one of three different saints. The carriers all wear the same uniform consisting of a fez, white shirt and white trousers with a different coloured sash to represent the team. St Ubaldo’s crew always wear yellow, St Giorgio’s team, blue and St Anthony’s followers come sporting black.

Despite the Corsa dei Ceri’s pageantry, parades and feasting the result is always a forgone conclusion as St Ubaldo always wins and is the first to enter the basilica. However great exertions still go into the race either way and there is much entertainment for the 30,000 visitors who attend annually to see the spectacle.

Human Chess – Marostica, Nr Venice, Held every alternate years each September

Living Chess Festival

This intellectual sporting festival reputedly dates back to 1454 when two noblemen settled their love for a local girl by playing chess for her hand, with the loser getting to marry her younger sister. It was decided by the Lord that the match should be played out in the town square, below the castle as a game of living chess. He ordered that the parts of the chess pieces were to be played by real people and animals so creating a gigantic human chess game.

Every other year this epic human chess game is re-enacted with all the pageantry and glamour of the supposed original event. The performance includes over 550 people, lasts for 2 hours and is concluded with a great fireworks display. The modern version was introduced in 1923 and claims to faithfully recreate the events of some 600 years before. The next time the display is due to be organised is in 2012.

Palio della Balestra – May and September each year in Gubbio and Sansepolcro

Crossbow Festival

Twice a year there are the great Medieval Crossbow competitions between the two rival towns of Sansepolcro, Tuscany and Gubbio in Umbria that dates back to at least the 15th century. It is mentioned in the biography of Renaissance painter, Pietro della Francesco, who talks about his involvement in the contest in 1453, while the famous Florence banker, Cosimo II de Medici took part in the event in 1612.

The day itself is a colourful display of celebration and friendship with parading, flag throwing demonstrations and plenty of food. The competition itself is in the main piazzas of each town and features up to eighty crossbowmen, all taking turns in trying to get their bolt nearest the centre.

If you would like to find out more about Italy’s Renaissance Festivals and marvellous Medieval Tournaments around the Umbrian, Tuscan countryside or the many other memorable days out, please contact Travelling Content for more information.



Cooking Up an Italian Holiday

An Umbrian gastronomic vacation that proves to cater to the messes.

Black Truffles

If the Italian regions define their cooking, then Umbrian menus are characterised by its landscape; rich, earthy and rural. This isn’t the land of carbonara or meatballs, here people have the luxury of truffles from the Tiber Valley and Cascia’s saffron. They pick wild asparagus from the riverbanks and enjoy Norcia’s aromatic cinghiale sausages; their food has a wholesome, rural quality, guaranteed to hit the spot at meal times.

Orvieto Wines

Umbrian cuisine is renowned for its pungent, strong flavours, with a taste as distinctive as the verdant hills and mountains that shape the province. The pecorino cheese has a bite of its own, bitter dark Perugia chocolate and the delicious golden Orvieto wines.

Tasting Umbria is one thing but to go one better you have to cook in Umbria. The ultimate cultural experience has to be the sheer delight of making Stregozzi with the wonderful nonnas of Eggi or baking traditional bread in a wood fired oven, the way they have over seven generations at the Forno Vantaggi. These gastronomic days out are ideal cultural experiences, here you’ll learn how to make pasta just like mamma makes.


There can be no better way to start the day than first thing in the morning, wandering around the busy, vibrant market or taking a gentle stroll in the shaded woods looking for truffles. Once you have your ingredients it’s then time to be shown how to make the perfect pasta or to bake award-winning bread. Then afterwards sitting down to the satisfying treat of eating the meal you have helped to prepare earlier.

Cooking up a Feast

If you are looking for a holiday that includes having such fun as learning about local dishes, visiting vineyards, watching olive oil being pressed, award winning ice cream being made or following the truffle dogs across the wooded landscape then Umbria is the perfect destination. La Mia Umbria con Antonella is doubly rewarding as being a native of the area she knows the region so well, its secret places and friendly, welcoming people.

This isn’t just a holiday; this is the chance to taste the real Italy.

If you would like to find out more about cooking courses and gastronomic tours around the Umbrian, Tuscan countryside or the many other memorable days out, please contact Travelling Content for more information.

Italy Tops Holiday Destination Poll

The respected travel destination website TripAdvisor has just published the results of their worldwide survey to find the most popular places to visit and go on holiday in Europe. Italy is seems cleaned up in the polls. Paris topped the charts once again as people’s favourite location to go on holiday; however, Italy had an incredible six vacation destinations in the top 25.


Italy’s top rated attractions included the capital, Rome, the Renaissance city of Florence along with the style and grace of Venice. The marvellous countryside also figured highly with Amalfi, Positano and the nearby Isle of Capri all making the list.

Here is why Italy proves to be such a delightful place to visit for tourists.

Rome (2), from ancient Roman to Modern Italian you will find a long and distinguished history on show in the Eternal City. Monuments that date back thousands of years and right up to this year’s fashions can all be found on the streets. The Vatican, gorgeous fountains, vast piazzas and delicious restaurants are all ready to welcome the world traveller.

Venice (6) with its network of canals, bridges, narrow alleyways and little piazzas it is a joy to explore. From rides on the gondolas to ice creams in the square, it is a magical place, a romantic destination full of surprise and mystery. Whether you are enjoying a caffe in St Mark’s Square or trawling the side streets and arcades there are plenty of discoveries awaiting you.


Florence (8) is a city full of iconic images, the Duomo, Giotto’s Bell tower, the Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi and Michelangelo’s statue of David. Everywhere you turn in Florence there is something for the tourist to explore or marvel at. The Renaissance city never fails to amaze her visitors with the sheer wealth of culture and history in her churches, museums and galleries.


Isle of Capri (12) is the epitome of romantic travel. With its breathtaking views across the Bay of Naples to Mount Vesuvius in the distance, surrounded by gorgeous aquamarine seas and clear blue sky. Whether snorkelling or relaxing on Capri’s beaches it is a marvellous place to visit during an Italian holiday.


Amalfi (19) presents a spectacular view as you approach it, clinging to the side of Monte Cerreto and a favoured holiday destination of royals and the aristocracy. Amalfi was once a powerful harbour but now a more tranquil tourist town on the blue waters of the Mediterranean, famous for its large lemons and limonchello liqueur.


Positano (25) is a chic, boutique holiday village, nestled into the scenic Amalfi coastline cliffs. It is now a fashionable destination from where you can explore the beautiful surrounding countryside, take trips to Naples, Pompeii and of course the nearby romantic Islands of Capri and Ischia.

When you add to this list the sumptuous food, heady wines and the friendly welcome you are guaranteed it is ever likely that Italy figures so highly on the world scene. And we’ve not even mentioned Assisi, Milan, Genoa…… the list goes on. The TripAdvisor full list can be found here.

Glamping – Adding glamour to camping

If the idea of roughing it at a campsite with nature and all that it encompasses doesn’t sound appealing, you’re not alone. Riding this wave, Australia’s growing legion of ‘Glampers’ are making destinations like Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park in Port Macquarie and Sundower Tiona Tourist Park in Pacific Palms staples on the glamper trail.

Glamping is the latest trend for those who love a holiday or quick getaway without breaking the budget, such as traditional camping offers, but with the added luxury of bug spray and much more. A full sized mattress, warm shower and easy access to local cafes/restaurants/bars to enjoy a fine meal or cocktail at arm’s reach are all luxuries high on the Glamper’s agenda.


Sundowner Holidays director Simon Luke has seen the speedy growth recently at his properties, Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park in Port Macquarie and Sundowner Tiona Tourist Park in Pacific Palms. And to ensure he keeps up with the demands of the trend, he has created a specific Facebook page for glamping tips and updates for those looking to take advantage of the Sundowner Holidays offering.


“The new wave of glampers we have encountered over the past 12 months generally herald from the city, those wanting to get away and escape everyday life. It is definitely a popular way to get away and one that is set to grow rapidly across all ages while times are still tough,” said Simon Luke.

‘Location location location’ is everything when it comes to glamping. Sundowners Breakwall Tourist Park in Port Macquarie occupies a prime position, walking distance to the cosmopolitan town centre, the pristine Town Beach and Hastings River. The Sundowner crew can offer activities ranging from skydiving, wakeboarding, kayaking with dolphins and surfing to name a few. Nearby to restaurants and nightlife leaves plenty to occupy the discerning Glamper, while a fresh barista made coffee in the morning is essential.


“Glampers are city dwellers who don’t necessarily need to stay in top accommodation, so when they glamp, they do it right, comfortably and in beautiful locations,” added Luke.

Alternatively, if you’re a couple looking for more of a romantic break, Sundowner Tiona Tourist Park in Pacific Palms provides the perfect getaway to explore the breath-taking coastal scenery between Seven Mile beach and the magnificent Wallis Lake.

 “Pacific Palms, where Tiona is located, is a small coastal oasis where travellers can experience great local seafood, generous scenery and myriad of activities untainted by development. This is part of the reason glamping has proved so popular in the area” says Mr. Luke.

Sundowner Tiona’s magical atmosphere contributes to the ease and lavishness glampers experience at the location. Along with the array of water sports to enjoy with your partner – think kite surfing, snorkelling and surfing – beaches both on site and nearby offer a serene and calm place to walk hand in hand and reinvigorate your love life.

Now add to this the ability to charge your iphone, straighten your hair, cook breakfast with the freshest ingredients, and hop into the spa while enjoying the great outdoors, it’s not hard to see why glamping has so many people rethinking their next getaway.

For more information on the joys of Glamping contact Sundowner Holidays.

Guest Post by Luci Shepherd

Painting on the Borderlands

A Tuscan, Umbrian art tour that will take you to the centre of Renaissance painting. 


One of the greatest painting destinations is Italy’s, Upper Tiber Valley and the heartland of the Renaissance painters. It is here on the borders of Tuscany and Umbria that the likes of Michelangelo, Perugino and Raphael once wandered. Giotto passed through on his way to paint Assisi and Signorelli stopped off to decorate the little church in Morra.

La Verna

The colours are somehow more vibrant, burnt umber and raw sienna seem to have more meaning here and you’ll find sap green is everywhere. The steely grey of the Apennine Mountains, cloaked in emerald green woodlands, set against the heavens, reminiscent of a Renaissance sky, a celesta blue.

Caprese Michelangelo

Take a trip to Arezzo and see       Da Vinci’s  Ponte Buriano featured in the background of the Mona Lisa or visit La Verna and see the beauty that St Francis found and Ghirlandaio painted. There are a myriad of tiny churches and chapels with rare frescoes, all painted by the grand masters. You can follow the route of Piero della Francesca whose unique fresco of a pregnant Madonna graces Monterchi and his painting responsible for saving Sansepolcro from destruction during the Second World War.

Trip Itinerary

Citta di Castello

The ideal day out around the borderlands takes in places of interest for artists, with plenty of dramatic landscapes to paint. As you wind your way around the Tuscan, Umbrian border your route should include:-

Citta di Castello – the excellent Pinacoteca Comunale has a marvellous Renaissance collection, which includes works by Luca Signorelli and Raphael.

Monte Santa Maria Tiberina

Sante Maria Tiberina – follow the narrow country lanes through to this wooded valley and stop off to admire the gorgeous views across the Umbrian countryside.


Monterchi – continue through the twisting trail and the Piero della Francesca painting of Madonna del Parto safely kept in Monterchi.

Anghiari – drive onwards across the border to the beautiful Tuscan hill town, famous for a battle and last fresco in Florence by Leonardo da Vinci.

Caprese Michelangelo – ancient village perched high on its Tuscan hill and birthplace of Michelangelo.

Torre Sansepolcro

La Verna – journey to the serene mountain with its St Franciscan monastery that was painted by Ghirlandaio. La Verna situated in one of the most peaceful locations around, with breathtaking panoramas of the Tuscan landscape.

Sansepolcro – gradually working your way back to see Piero della Francesca’s painting of the Resurrection in the Museo Civico

This wonderful landscape with its rolling hills clad in beech, birch and oak, delightful, historic little hill towns and earthy rich food that taste of the very countryside will all leave you with a feeling you have somehow connect directly with the painters than by merely looking at the artworks.


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Diary of a Women Travelling Alone

If you are a woman, thinking of taking off and doing some travelling on your own but are afraid of doing so then this article is for you and will help you to realise that dream.

Waiting - Flickr image by - Rellim

I am a 44-year-old, married woman who in recent years has had to travel back and forth between the UK and Italy about 4 times a year.  My husband moved to Italy where he took up a teaching position and writes for a living.  His work keeps him out there but I would have missed my family and friends too much, hence the travelling, plus I get the best of both worlds.

I must admit that at first I was a little nervous about travelling on my own but the excitement overcame my nerves.  Packing used to be a real chore but now when I remember something I want to take, I simply put it in my case in preparation. It makes it so much easier when the time comes to pack for real.

Things to remember to put in your hand luggage:

  • Passport
  • Tickets
  • Purse
  • Book to read
  • Puzzle book to keep you entertained
  • Pen
  • Water
  • Food (Sweets, crisps, sandwiches)
  • Tablets, for every eventuality
  • Wet wipes
  • Spectacles
  • Mobile phone

Luggage - Flickr image by J. Cliss

When dressing on the morning of your travels always remember to wear layers.  If it gets warm you can take a layer off and tie it around your waste.  Although in summer you’ll need less clothing.  Wear a coat with deep pockets, this way you can get more hand luggage on board (especially if you’re travelling with a certain very strict airline, you know who I mean).

Once I’ve gone through passport control, I like to get my shopping out of the way and then find a seat to do some people watching.  It’s amazing some of the sites you see in an airport departure lounge.  Hen weekends and Stag do’s are the funniest.  On my last trip to Italy, whilst waiting for my flight to be called at Bristol Airport, I spotted a huge gang of superheroes.  They were off to Amsterdam for the weekend.

I’ve never felt threatened whilst travelling to Italy. Whether waiting at the bus station in Cardiff at midnight, the bus station in Bristol for the connection to the airport and then at the airport itself, I feel very comfortable all the way.  I even feel safe on the plane.  I used to hate flying and would hold the armrests with a death grip until we were in the air. Now I just carry on reading my book or sleep.  That’s what being a seasoned traveller does for you.

On arrival in Italy it can be a bit daunting but as most officials can speak English to a certain degree at the airport, it’s not that bad.  Buy a train ticket for Perugia, get on the train and then my husband meets me at the local station.  It’s all very easy, now.  First of all I was a little panicked at doing it by myself but over time it does get easier.  For the train ride, I always remember to take a picnic with me, as it can take up to 4 hours.

So if you are thinking of travelling on your own and are quite rightly a little scared, just remember that there will be other women travellers on their own who are a little scared too. People are also easier to talk to when you’re travelling because they want to tell you all about their journey.

Author:- Suzanne Winfield


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Travelling Romance – Love Padlocks

As Valentines Day approaches, now is the time to plan that romantic weekend away with your loved one. According to a recent survey conducted by American Express, more and more people are now arranging engagement vacations where lovers pledge their troth and ask for hands in marriage.

One of the universal methods of displaying love, alongside carving your names on a tree, is to fix a padlock with your names inscribed on,  in a public space. The practice has now been adopted at locations all over the world, so where are the best locations to take your loved one to seal your fate.

Huangshan, China

It is believed that the practice of love padlocks was started in China where lovers would fix locks to the chain link fences of the Great Wall and then throw away the key. The view over looking Mount Huang has become one of the most famous of the padlock sites with sweethearts throwing the keys into the deep gorge below.

Ponte Vecchio, Florence

At the centre of Florence’s romantic, Ponte Vecchio, lovers attach padlocks around the statue of Benvenuto Cellini. It is said that the novel by Federico Moccia “Ho Voglio di te” (I want you) was responsible for starting the Italian tradition. Lovers copied a passage from the book where main characters seal their love on the Ponte Milvio in Rome, which has become another popular spot.

Pont des Arts, Paris

The self-proclaimed city of lovers has sites at the Pont des Arts across the Seine and the Passerelle-Leopald-Sedar-Senghor Bridge where lovers proclaim their love. Earlier in 2010 the council who had declared them an eyesore removed more than 2,000 padlocks from the Pont des Arts. That was not going to stop the display of affection and once more padlocks are adorning the sides of the bohemian bridge.

Luzhkov Bridge, Moscow

Across the span of the Luzhov Bridge in Moscow you will find the love trees, it is here that courting couples attach their loving padlocks. Instead of cutting the locks from the bridge and destroying them the Russian Authorities erected the love trees so that the tradition could continue.

Velkoprevorske Namesti, Prague

A small pedestrian footbridge across a stream that flows into the river Vltava is the focus for lovers of Prague. This little bridge with a view of an old waterwheel is around the corner from the famous Lennon Wall and has increasingly attracted couples to padlock their love to the railings. The tradition is credited with being the inspiration of Glen Emery the former owner of Prague’s Jo’s Bar and a driving force in the city’s avant-garde scene.


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