City Breaks
Florence Extra 03 700 Years of Dante

Florence Extra 03 700 Years of Dante

September 22, 2021

The first of a two-part interview with Andrea Giordani from Feel Florence, the city's official tourism website.  The 14th of this month is the central day in a year-long series of events to mark the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri, Florence's world-famous poet, author and philosopher (1265-1321).  Andrea tell us a little about Dante himself and the Florence he knew, introduces us to his best known work, the Divine Comedy and outlines some of the many events happening in Florence this year to mark the anniversary.

useful links

https://www.feelflorence.it/en

https://www.citybreakspodcast.co.uk

 

Florence Extra 02 The Florentine

Florence Extra 02 The Florentine

September 15, 2021

We interview Helen Farrell, editor of The Florentine, to find out how this publication and website can enhance your knowledge of Florence.  She explains their news and listings functions and outlines the wide range of cultural information on offer; everything from new literature set in the area, to the recent celebrations for the 700th anniversary of Dante's death, via - of course! - Florence's recent Cocktail Week. 

Helen's Reading Suggestions

Still Life by Sarah Winman

The Bookseller of Florence by Ross King 

The Hunting Season by Tom Benjamin

Angels of Mud by Vanessa Nicolson

The Florence Duck Store by Harry Cochrane

 

useful links

https://www.theflorentine.net

https://www.theflorentine.net/subscription

https://www.citybreakspodcast.co.uk

 

Florence Extra 01 Ciao Florence

Florence Extra 01 Ciao Florence

September 8, 2021

Our very first Florence Extra episode with guest Danielle from the Florence-based tour company Ciao Florence who tells us all about the various tours and experiences the company offers in Florence and the surrounding area.  She brings a refreshing Florence-based perspective and an insight into many things not covered in the original series.

useful links

https://www.ciaoflorence.it/en 

https://www.citybreakspodcast.co.uk

City Break Ideas Episode 17

City Break Ideas Episode 17

September 1, 2021

More inspiration from three great travel blogs: a Bulgarian city you may not have heard of, (but definitely should not miss), a round-up of Italian cities from the most popular to the charmingly lesser-known, Buenos Aires for beginners and Dubrovnik on the cheap.  Plus, of course, a general spirit of wanderlust, appreciation and can-do spirit.    

Useful links 
our website: https://www.citybreakspodcast.co.uk
to find us on twitter: @citybreakscast
to e-mail us: citybreaks@citybreakspodcast.co.uk

This week's guest websites

https://travelforawhile.com

http://www.italiantripabroad.it  

https://www.bigworldsmallpockets.com

London Episode 27 Our London Bucket List

London Episode 27 Our London Bucket List

August 25, 2021

Our London Bucket List features a wide range of must-do ideas, some of our own and lots more from our contributors: travel bloggers, historians and a London diarist.  Inspiration for all!
 
Useful links

https://www.aworldinreach.com/?s=london+

https://besidestheobvious.net/2021/01/16/the-perfect-london-bucket-list-the-top-70-things-to-do-in-the-capital-of-uk

https://www.berkeleysquarebarbarian.com

https://anhistorianabouttown.com

https://livinglondonhistory.com/londons-ancient-roman-and-medieval-walls-a-self-guided-walk

https://www.diaryofalondoness.com

https://www.visitlondon.com

City Breaks: all the history and culture you'd research for yourself if you had the time!
Check our website to find more episodes from our London series or to browse our back catalogue of other cities which are well worth visiting: https://www.citybreakspodcast.co.uk

We love to receive your comments and suggestions! 
You can e mail us at citybreaks@citybreakspodcast.co.uk
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London Episode 26 Literary London

London Episode 26 Literary London

August 18, 2021

A set-in-London booklist, four reading anthologies based on London and four walking tours focussed on the capital's best-known authors.  Plus, a whole selection of snippets of poetry and prose.  In short, a comprehensive introduction to literary London and a host of follow-up ideas.  This episode brings you everything from Dickens to J K Rowling, from the London of Agatha Christie's 'At Bertram's Hotel' to that of Tarquin Hall's 'Salaam Brick Lane'.

Useful links
https://brightnomad.net/books-set-in-london
https://www.london-walking-tours.co.uk/free-tours/dickens-london.htm
https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/walks-and-itineraries/self-guided-walks-and-trails/shakespeares-london
https://www.london-walking-tours.co.uk/the-sherlock-holmes-mystery-trail.htm
https://www.getyourguide.co.uk/london-l57/london-harry-potter-walking-tour-t390509
https://www.visitlondon.com

Reading ideas
London: An Illustrated Literary Companion by Rosemary Gray
The Blue Guide Literary Companion to London compiled by Robin Saikia
Fictional London: A Guide to the Capital's Literary Landmarks by Stephen Halliday
City Lit London edited by Heather Reyes

City Breaks: all the history and culture you'd research for yourself if you had the time!
Check our website to find more episodes from our London series or to browse our back catalogue of other cities which are well worth visiting: https://www.citybreakspodcast.co.uk

We love to receive your comments and suggestions! 
You can e mail us at citybreaks@citybreakspodcast.co.uk
And if you like what you hear, please do post comments or a review wherever you downloaded this episode.  That's a big help!  

London Episode 25 Diarists and Travel Writers

London Episode 25 Diarists and Travel Writers

August 11, 2021

A selection of readings from diarists who have written about London across the centuries and from travel writers who came to visit.  Everything from eye witness accounts of the Fire of London and an assassination attempt on Queen Victoria, to those who hated the London fog and pickpockets and those who admired it as a city full of 'all that life has to offer'.
 
Useful link
https://www.visitlondon.com

Reading ideas
The Diary of John Evelyn
The Diary of Samuel Pepys
The Life of Samuel Johnson by James Boswell
The Blue Guide Literary Companion to London
City Lit London by Heather Reyes
London: An Illustrated Literary Companion by Rosemary Gray
A London Year by Travis Elborough and Nick Rennison 
The Traveller's Year by Travis Elborough and Nick Rennison 

City Breaks: all the history and culture you'd research for yourself if you had the time!
Check our website to find more episodes from our London series or to browse our back catalogue of other cities which are well worth visiting: https://www.citybreakspodcast.co.uk

We love to receive your comments and suggestions! 
You can e mail us at citybreaks@citybreakspodcast.co.uk
And if you like what you hear, please do post comments or a review wherever you downloaded this episode.  It helps others to find us.  

City Break Ideas 16

City Break Ideas 16

August 4, 2021

We bring you another selection of City Break Ideas: Boston, USA on the 4th July; art and bubbling mud pools in Reykjavik; ruin bars and Turkish bathing in Budapest; a tour of New York's Grand Central Station; and what to eat at Eggslut in LA.  Plus loads more ideas on each of those cities.  Obviously.  Also, Stolpersteine, an art and holocaust memorial project found in many European countries which everyone should know more about.  

Useful links 
our website: https://www.citybreakspodcast.co.uk
to find us on twitter: @citybreakscast
to e-mail us: citybreaks@citybreakspodcast.co.uk

This week's guest websites

https://retiredandtravelling.com

https://lanniesfoodandtravel.com

https://adventuringwoman.com 

London Episode 24 Shops and Markets

London Episode 24 Shops and Markets

July 28, 2021

We cover every kind of London shopping experience, popping into some globally recognised department stores, including Selfridges on its opening day in 1909, dropping by foodie havens, the best areas for a little vintage shopping and the cream of London's bookshops.  We also call into London's oldest shopping arcade, first opened in the 14th century, as well as one referred to as 'the newest kid on the block.'  
 
Useful links

https://www.foyles.co.uk
https://www.hatchards.co.uk
https://www.londonreviewbookshop.co.uk
https://www.stanfords.co.uk
http://www.visitbricklane.org
http://www.portobelloroad.co.uk/the-market
https://www.leadenhallmarket.co.uk
https://www.camdenmarket.com
https://boroughmarket.org.uk
https://www.burlingtonarcade.com
https://www.theroyalexchange.co.uk
https://www.coaldropsyard.com
https://www.visitlondon.com

City Breaks: all the history and culture you'd research for yourself if you had the time!
Check our website to find more episodes from our London series or to browse our back catalogue of other cities which are well worth visiting: https://www.citybreakspodcast.co.uk

We love to receive your comments and suggestions! 
You can e mail us at citybreaks@citybreakspodcast.co.uk
And if you like what you hear, please do post comments or a review wherever you downloaded this episode.  It helps others to find us.  

 

London Episode 23 Windsor and Eton

London Episode 23 Windsor and Eton

July 21, 2021

Windsor: a thousand years of English history.  We discuss everything from Edward III's Order of the Garter to Edward VII's new bathrooms, via the purchase of 40 Canalettos by George III and Christmas at Windsor for Victoria, Albert and their children.  We visit the royal tombs in the chapel, take an idyllic boat trip up the Thames and pop over the bridge to Eton, home of England's very poshest school.

Useful links

https://www.rct.uk/visit/windsor-castle

https://www.frenchbrothers.co.uk (boat trips)

http://johnlogiemotorboats.com (boats for hire)

https://collections.etoncollege.com/museums/museum-of-eton-life

 

City Breaks: all the history and culture you'd research for yourself if you had the time!
Check our website to find more episodes from our London series or to browse our back catalogue of other cities which are well worth visiting: https://www.citybreakspodcast.co.uk

We love to receive your comments and suggestions! 
You can e mail us at citybreaks@citybreakspodcast.co.uk
And if you like what you hear, please do post comments or a review wherever you downloaded this episode.  It helps others to find us.  

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