The Cyclades of Greece

The Cyclades are the picture-perfect Greek islands where whitewashed villages tumble down to azure bays. Explore the famous islands such as Mykonos and Santorini and smaller islands too.

http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/aug/12/greek-island-holiday-guide-the-cyclades

San Sebastian – Cheap Places to stay

San Sebastian in the Basque Country had two restaurants in the top 8 of the world’s best restaurants for 2014 – see here for details:

http://www.theworlds50best.com/list/1-50-winners

with this is mind read about some cheap places to stay in San Sebastian, so you can balance the budget

http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/aug/06/top-10-hotels-hostels-pensiones-san-sebastian-spain

10 Free things to do in Rome

10 Free things to do in Rome:

http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/may/06/top-10-free-things-to-do-rome-italy

 

Free things to do in New York

Here are ten free things to do in New York

http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/apr/09/top-10-free-things-to-do-in-new-york

Riga – European City of Culture – 2014

Along with Umea in Sweden, Riga is the European City of Culture for 2014: here is one writer’s view of the city

http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/apr/06/riga-latvia-city-of-culture-2014

My finest memories of the place are the Art Nouveau buildings, particularly 10a and 10b Elizabetes Street. The central market, near the bus station, is worth a visit on its own. I only visited the market after coming back from Rundale Palace on the bus and I should have devoted more time to the market.