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Visiting Cologne at Christmas Time (Part 2)

Cologne at Christmas Time. So much to do and see that it deserves at least two blog posts Cologne. Home of an awesome cathedral. House gnomes. Bottomless beer. An anything-goes annual carnival. And seven - yes, seven - Christmas Markets. We sampled them all in the name of good blogging (Part 2 of 2)…

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Visiting Cologne at Christmas Time

Cologne. Home of an awesome cathedral. House gnomes. Bottomless beer. An anything-goes annual carnival. And seven - yes, seven - Christmas Markets. We sampled them all in the name of good blogging. Part 1 of 2.…

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Theatre Review: The King & I

Broadway comes to Birmingham as a lavish production of The King & I comes to the Alexandra Theatre over the festive season - Shall We Dance?…

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Exploring the Aachen Christmas Markets

Nowhere does the Christmas Market better than Germany. And for our November wedding anniversary break this year we decided to explore the Weihnachtsmarkts of Aachen and Monschau…

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Why You Should Shop Independent This Christmas

I'm always banging on about choosing independents over large chains - here's why your local businesses need you to shop independent not only this Christmas but all year round!…

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10 Travel-Related “Would You Rather” Questions

A Brummie Home and Abroad asks all the important "Would You Rather" questions. Like lost luggage or missed flight? Jetlag or no weight gain? Abandoned in the African bush or in the ocean?…

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Theatre Review: The Mousetrap

PRESS NIGHT INVITE: The long-running classic The Mousetrap returns to Birmingham. Whodunnit? I could tell you but then I'd have to kill you...…

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Christmas Markets, Home and Abroad

It's the most wonderful time of the year... The time when festive markets come out to play and every drink comes with a cinnamon stick floating in it. So why am I seeking out an authentic German Christmas Market when we have one right here in Birmingham?…

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Theatre Review: Curtains

PRESS INVITE: Is it a whodunnit? Is it a musical? The highly entertaining "Curtains" manages to combine both and it's at Birmingham's Alexandra Theatre untill Saturday…

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48 Hours in Vienna: The Christmas Edition

The Austrian capital city is a perfect place for a winter city break, and the festive markets are amazing! Here's A Brummie Home and Abroad guide to a perfect 48 hours in Vienna. Includes schnitzel, bratwurst and lots of mulled alcohol.…

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I’m Emmalene, a 40 something with a passion for travel, theatre, food, drink and the occasional accidental hike! I’m a born-and-bred Birmingham native so expect lots of Brum content on here too…

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