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6 European countries where you can find a really great stew

As far as I’m concerned, you just cannot beat a good stew. Not only can it taste insanely good, if done right, but it’s filling and comforting. All in all, it’s basically the perfect meal. Thankfully, many countries seem to agree with that conclusion so when I’m out and about in a new place, looking for traditional eats, I can always justify a stew.

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Three European cities that took me by surprise

It’s a great thrill when you’re travelling to stumble across a hidden gem: somewhere off the beaten track which you didn’t expect to find. That thrill is even better when it happens with an entire city. On occasion, for one reason or another, I’ve ended up in places that are far from my bucket list: Dusseldorf for work, Dublin to visit a friend and Brussels because I got a good deal. I’ve gone doubting that I’d be particularly taken with the city but knowing that I’d probably still have fun. I was only half right- and I don’t mean that I didn’t have fun. In fact, I was left wanting to go back.

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My day in Dublin

9-11 January 2015 My first trip of 2014 did not start smoothly. Firstly, there was a problem with my ticket and so I had to call up the airline in a frantic state Friday morning to try and sort it out. When I finally made it to Stansted Airport, I realised that I hadn’t brought a clear bag for my liquids (some of which were over 100ml and had to hit the bottom of the bin) and they weren’t free here- so I had to pay £1 for a plastic ball of four, only to find that, when I got through to Security, they were giving them away for free.

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