Vienna - spectacularly grand

Published: Fri 31 Mar 2017

The Parliament building is imposing and huge

It just doesn't seem right that a country with only 8.5 million people, should have such an enormously imposing capital. Vienna has a population of 1.7 million people who are justifiably proud of their city.

On the trail of Empress Sisi

Published: Fri 17 Mar 2017

The magnificent Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna

The story of Sisi, the Empress Elizabeth of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, is well known throughout Europe as travel writer Ron Smith discovered on his latest trip.

Begin with the Beguines

Published: Mon 20 Feb 2017

Typical Beguine houses. now sought after residences in Ghent

A Belgian history lesson as much as a travel article - Ron Smith tells the tale of the Beguinages.

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