Cities Not To Be Missed This Summer

Many European cities merit visits, and even repeat visits. This makes it particularly hard to decide where to go on holiday. An easy way of making up your mind is to base your decision on what’s going on in certain places around the world. This summer’s hotspots are…

Maribor, Slovenia

Maribor is Slovenia’s second city. In 2012 it received the prestigious honour of being European Capital of Culture for the year, while in 2013 it will serve as the official European Youth Capital. So what has the Southern European city got going for it? A lot.
No matter what time of year you visit Maribor, you’ll find it’s a hive of activity. In the summer months the area’s hills come alive with vineyard harvesters and hikers, who are replaced with skiers and snowboarders in the winter time.
Parents and children alike will feel at home in Maribor and surrounding Pohorje region. You can start by wandering along the quaint streets and squares lined with architectural pearls. Stop for a picnic by the river Drava. Be sure to pay a visit to the oldest vine in the world in the Lent part of town, and pop along to see the sights of Grajski Trg, Glavni Trg, Bishop Slomsek’s Cathedral, the art gallery, and Jewish Synagogue.
Festivals take place throughout the year in Maribor, with even more events filling the cultural agenda in its year of being Capital of Culture. Look out for Festival Lent, the Old Vine Festival, Festival Maribor, the Golden Fox ski world cup for women, and Borstnikova Srecanje theatre festival.
Prices in the Slovenian city are family-friendly. Meals out will not break the bank. Be sure to try some of the local meats and cheeses. Stop off for afternoon tea at least once to savour some of the excellent pastries.

London, United Kingdom

If there was ever a good time to visit London, it’s summer 2012 when the city will become even livelier with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the Olympic Games, and the Paralympics.
Any visitor to London should take in the city’s skyline by taking a ride on the London Eye. Other city musts include visits to Camden’s markets, Greenwich, and the site of the Olympic Games. A pleasant escape from the hustle and bustle of the city is a stroll along Regent’s Canal to admire the house boats, and houses lining the canal’s shores. Shopping aficionados will love the huge Westfield Shopping Centre, Spitalfields and Brick Lane markets, as well as the obvious Oxford Street.
To be within close proximity of most major London attractions, but still escape the buzz, choose a Tower of London hotel. The area is close to the Tower Bridge, Monument, and Borough Market. Head to the market for some of the freshest food in town, cooked in front of your eyes from local and organic produce. In the summer months the air is heavy with the smell of fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as the aroma of cooked meat.

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