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Amsterdam’s Canals: The History

Amsterdam’s Canals: The History

Amsterdam has no less and no more than 100km of canals. The three main canals in Amsterdam are the Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht. However, there are other equally impressive lesser known canals, like the Brouwersgracht where we will start our tour or the Singel, which once surrounded the city and is an essential part of Amsterdam’s canal system.more ...

Romantic Apartments in Barcelona

Romantic Apartments in Barcelona

Looking to surprise your partner with a romantic getaway in Barcelona? The good news is you don’t need to wait until Valentine’s Day or that special anniversary. Any excuse is a good one to pack your bags, escape the daily grind and come and discover all the Catalan capital has to offer. more ...

Vizcaya Bridge, The World’s Oldest Transporter Bridge

Vizcaya Bridge, The World’s Oldest Transporter Bridge

The Vizcaya Bridge, popularly known as the Puente Colgante (Hanging Bridge), recently celebrated its 120th anniversary. This monumental iron structure spans the Nervión River uniting the towns of Portugalete and Getxo and is well worth visiting during your holidays in Bilbao. more ...

What to See in Brooklyn?

What to See in Brooklyn?

With almost 2.5 million inhabitants, Brooklyn is New York’s most populous district. Up until 1898 it was an independent city and has managed to maintain its own personality. Traditionally it was a neighbourhood made up of immigrants and their influence can be seen in the streets. Over the last decade, Brooklyn has become a fashionable among young people tired of Manhattan; this has dramatically transformed the Brooklyn cultural scene. Here are a few of the must see places in Brooklyn. more ...

Beat the Heat in Seville

Beat the Heat in Seville

There is a reason why Seville is known as the frying pan of Spain, it is hot. Not just hot but really hot, the adjective scorching doesn’t do justice to the extreme heat of Seville in August. With summer temperatures hovering above the 40º C mark that’s 104º F for those across the pond. Following these simple tips will help you beat the heat in Seville this summer.more ...

Cool off with a Gelato in Rome

Cool off with a Gelato in Rome

The weather on a summer day in Rome can be stifling; many a red faced tourist can be seen sweltering under the unforgiving sun. Short of doing your best La Dolce Vita impersonation and jumping into Trevi fountain to cool down the best way to escape the heat is with a gelato. To help you cool down here is our guide to where to get the best gelato in Rome. more ...

Paris with Kids

Paris with Kids

Ask any adult to describe Paris and they would probably give you a list like this: fashionable, elegant, sophisticated, cultural and romantic. Ask a child the same question and I think there would only be one answer, BORING. Of course they would find it boring, the poor kids are being dragged around to look at meaningless monuments, at least to them anyway, stare at innumerable paintings and sit silently whilst you sit in a fashionable Parisian café sipping coffee and watching the world go by. It doesn’t have to be like this though; there are heaps of kid friendly activities to make your holiday in Paris with kids a memorable one. Here is our guide to Paris with Children…more ...

Butrón Castle, a romantic dream in the Basque Country

Butrón Castle, a romantic dream in the Basque Country

Butrón Castle, built on a hill and surrounded by hundred year old forests, seems to be straight out of the pages of one of those fairy tales our parents use to read to us before we went to bed. It is located in Gatika, Vizcaya, only 20 kilometers from Bilbao. If like me, you are a fan of movies featuring knights, sword fighting and castles, then a day trip to this castle is a must.more ...

Apartment of the Week in London, the Canal View

Apartment of the Week in London, the Canal View

Anyone who has spent time in London knows that when spring returns, the city undergoes an amazing change. Colour returns to the city as the grey of winter dissipates and the streets, parks and gardens take on a new life. The once empty streets and parks fill with people looking to bask in the warm spring sunshine. Spring is the perfect time to visit London and we at Friendly Rentals have the perfect spring apartment for your visit. more ...

Comfort I, A country house on the Costa Brava

Comfort I, A country house on the Costa Brava

This country house for eight people is an authentic treat for those who want to relax under the Mediterranean sun and avoid the typical tourist crowds common to other areas. This 17th century country house has recently been refurbished and comes with all the modern conveniences from heating, air-conditioning and even a dish washer. more ...

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