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Tarot reader Cardsy B brings the stars down to earth every week to provide an update on what is happening in the world, cosmically-speaking. Through conversations with guests of different backgrounds and of course through readings from her signature deck 'Badass Bitches Tarot', Cardsy B breaks down what is going on in the spiritual world and how it’s affecting all of our lives.
 
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The first of a two-part interview with Andrea Giordani from Feel Florence, the city's official tourism website. The 14th of this month is the central day in a year-long series of events to mark the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri, Florence's world-famous poet, author and philosopher (1265-1321). Andrea tell us a little about Dante…
 
We interview Helen Farrell, editor of The Florentine, to find out how this publication and website can enhance your knowledge of Florence. She explains their news and listings functions and outlines the wide range of cultural information on offer; everything from new literature set in the area, to the recent celebrations for the 700th anniversary o…
 
Our very first Florence Extra episode with guest Danielle from the Florence-based tour company Ciao Florence who tells us all about the various tours and experiences the company offers in Florence and the surrounding area. She brings a refreshing Florence-based perspective and an insight into many things not covered in the original series. useful l…
 
More inspiration from three great travel blogs: a Bulgarian city you may not have heard of, (but definitely should not miss), a round-up of Italian cities from the most popular to the charmingly lesser-known, Buenos Aires for beginners and Dubrovnik on the cheap. Plus, of course, a general spirit of wanderlust, appreciation and can-do spirit. Usefu…
 
Our London Bucket List features a wide range of must-do ideas, some of our own and lots more from our contributors: travel bloggers, historians and a London diarist. Inspiration for all! Useful links https://www.aworldinreach.com/?s=london+ https://besidestheobvious.net/2021/01/16/the-perfect-london-bucket-list-the-top-70-things-to-do-in-the-capita…
 
A set-in-London booklist, four reading anthologies based on London and four walking tours focussed on the capital's best-known authors. Plus, a whole selection of snippets of poetry and prose. In short, a comprehensive introduction to literary London and a host of follow-up ideas. This episode brings you everything from Dickens to J K Rowling, from…
 
A selection of readings from diarists who have written about London across the centuries and from travel writers who came to visit. Everything from eye witness accounts of the Fire of London and an assassination attempt on Queen Victoria, to those who hated the London fog and pickpockets and those who admired it as a city full of 'all that life has…
 
We bring you another selection of City Break Ideas: Boston, USA on the 4th July; art and bubbling mud pools in Reykjavik; ruin bars and Turkish bathing in Budapest; a tour of New York's Grand Central Station; and what to eat at Eggslut in LA. Plus loads more ideas on each of those cities. Obviously. Also, Stolpersteine, an art and holocaust memoria…
 
We cover every kind of London shopping experience, popping into some globally recognised department stores, including Selfridges on its opening day in 1909, dropping by foodie havens, the best areas for a little vintage shopping and the cream of London's bookshops. We also call into London's oldest shopping arcade, first opened in the 14th century,…
 
Windsor: a thousand years of English history. We discuss everything from Edward III's Order of the Garter to Edward VII's new bathrooms, via the purchase of 40 Canalettos by George III and Christmas at Windsor for Victoria, Albert and their children. We visit the royal tombs in the chapel, take an idyllic boat trip up the Thames and pop over the br…
 
A trip a little way down the Thames for a wander round two of London's classiest areas. Firstly, Kew, with its world-famous botanic gardens and, tucked inside, London's smallest royal palace, namely Kew Palace. Then to Richmond, one-time site of the Palace of Richmond and home today to the capital's largest royal park. History, boating, croquet, it…
 
Five travel bloggers, four continents, three blogs with intriguing names, this episode offers a goodie-bag of city break ideas, plus the chance to meet an eclectic mix of people including Einstein and Ho Chi Minh. All three blogs take a seize-the-day attitude to travel, summed up by one in Latin - 'Carpe diem' - and translated into English by anoth…
 
Hear about the great Tudor feasts held at Hampton Court Palace, plus tales of Henry VIII, his various wives, his courtiers and his great friend - and rival - Thomas Wolsey. There are also stories from later eras at the palace, when William and Mary and the feuding Georgian monarchs lived there, plus ideas on what to look out for if you go to visit.…
 
A review of moments of history which have taken place on the River Thames - think Henry VIII and his river pageants or the cranes dipping their heads for Winston Churchill's funeral - plus ideas for places to visit today if you want to enjoy, or learn more about, the great river which has been the lifeblood of the city of London for two millennia. …
 
A tour of the five Royal Parks in central London, each with its own history and particular atmosphere. Hear where Charles II got into trouble for picking flowers for one of his mistresses, why the name of London Zoo's Winnie the Bear lives on nearly a hundred years after her death and which British Prime Minister was once robbed in Green Park. Find…
 
Greenwich is real day out territory from central London, except that one day won't be enough for all there is to see! Hear about lots of Tudor exploits in the one-time Greenwich Palace, find out what makes the Queen's House such an architectural gem, and enjoy tales with a maritime flavour from the Cutty Sark, the National Maritime Museum and the R…
 
Lots of city break inspiration this month, as we feature three more guest websites and bring you ideas from four continents. Everything from an old City Breaks favourite, to a pink city on the Indian subcontinent and some of Canada's lesser known capitals. Whether you've been, are going, or just like to find out more, we hope you'll like what you h…
 
A two-stop tour of north London. Firstly, pretty Hampstead, where Virginia Woolf thought 'it is always spring': lanes and cottages, cafes, antique shops and museums, including the house where John Keats spent his last 2 years in England. And not forgetting its spy connections. Then off to nearby Highgate Cemetery in search of gothic vibes and some …
 
A tour of East London, in search of the Old East End and the area's Jewish and multi-ethnic roots. A little history, ideas for places to visit and some literary inspiration to inform your tour. Before leaving, we pop over to the docks and the London Docklands Museum. https://www.raggedschoolmuseum.org.uk https://sandysrowsynagogue.org https://www.m…
 
Bloomsbury, London's literary and academic heartland, full of pretty garden squares and the place to find some of the country's top museums, bookshops and libraries. We wander through, pointing out some historical and literary connections and enjoying the very essence of Englishness on offer in this quietly elegant area of the capital. https://www.…
 
We dissect three more great travel blogs and bring you a taster of each, picking out inspiration a-plenty for future city breaks and indeed lots of ideas for other types of travel. There are some city break classics - Milan, Singapore, Malaga - and some more niche ideas: London for the adventurous, 'boozy tastings' from across the world and a visit…
 
London certainly pops up frequently in the novels of England's best-known 19th century author, Charles Dickens, and traces of him can be found all over London. This episode investigates the links and takes in visits to two London museums which are closely connected to him: the Dickens Museum and the Foundling Museum https://dickensmuseum.com https:…
 
Our two greatest authors, Chaucer and Shakespeare, both lived and worked in London for most of their lives. Hear about them and their work, discover the London they knew and find out where to 'see' them in the city today. https://www.shakespearesglobe.com https://www.westminster-abbey.org https://www.visitlondon.com City Breaks: all the history and…
 
Surely no two people left a greater mark on 'their' corner of London, than Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Hear their story and discover the places most connected with them: Kensington Palace, the Royal Albert Hall and a trio of world-class museums, namely the V and A, The Science Museum and the Natural History Museum. https://www.hrp.org.uk/kens…
 
Lots more city break inspiration this month and what a range we have on offer: everything from Glasgow to Tirana, from an old favourite - Seville - to a far less familiar gem, namely Pecs in southern Hungary, and not forgetting a tour of Japanese cities too. Surely there is something for everyone here. Useful links our website: https://www.citybrea…
 
In this episode it's all about London as a centre of entertainment. We're going along the Strand, round Covent Garden, popping into the Royal Opera House and the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, and then on down to Piccadilly and London's theatreland. Enjoy! https://www.thesavoylondon.com https://www.simpsonsinthestrand.co.uk https://solt.co.uk (Society …
 
A visit to Fleet Street, a focal point for writers, publishers and journalists since the Middle Ages. Hear some of their stories, find out which of their favourite watering holes still exist today and discover two places of interest which you can still visit: the home where Dr Johnson wrote his famous dictionary and St Bride's Church, known as the …
 
A wander round the Inns of Court, that most peaceful haven just off some of London's busiest streets. Explore the courtyards and gardens, learn about the ancient buildings where lawyers have been working for centuries and hear how trainee barristers let off steam in medieval times. Find out too what the young Charles Dickens thought about life as a…
 
What visit to London could miss out Buckingham Palace? Hear a little history, some trivia and some tales from the balcony. Then find out what to look out for on a visit, before popping next door (twice) to the Royal Mews to meet the horses and to the Queen's Gallery to hear about some of the royal treasures which won't fit into any of the palaces. …
 
We're crossing continents this month. Three continents in fact, as we are bringing you city break inspiration from three more great travel websites and sharing a clutch of ideas from the US and Australia, as well as a selection from France, Germany and the Czech Republic. Do join us! Useful links our website: https://www.citybreakspodcast.co.uk to …
 
This episode takes you on a stroll through the very heart of London from Parliament Square along Whitehall to Trafalgar Square. We pause at the Cabinet War Rooms, the underground maze from which Churchill directed operations in World War 2, then make three further visits: to the Banqueting House, scene of the only beheading of an English king, the …
 
The building might be a stunning Victorian gothic pile, but the history of the Houses of Parliament goes much, much further back than that. Hear some of the highlights, together with snippets from the speeches which made the greatest impact, and find out too what to look out for on a visit. We'll be popping next door to Westminster Hall too, the sc…
 
A Christmas day coronation-and-riot in 1066, the weddings of Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Victoria's coronation and Golden Jubilee, Westminster Abbey has seen them all. Hear the story of its beginning, and tales from across the centuries of just some of the most talked-about events which took place there. Find out too what you should lo…
 
Inspiration for city breaks from three more travel websites. We take in Winnipeg in Canada in the company of two of its travel-orientated residents, tour Moscow with a Russian travel-writer and follow an American blogger to explore the far end of the alphabet in the shape of York and Zagreb. Useful links our website: https://www.citybreakspodcast.c…
 
The King of Pentacles: Conscious Entrepreneur Caren Maio Find out how to work with this week’s energy of Four of Swords and meet Caren Maio, Co-Founder and Chairwoman of Funnel. Caren is an entrepreneur and industry leader who has used her leadership skills to create impactful change in the tech industry which has earned her the role of King of Pen…
 
This episode will give you the background information you need to enjoy your visit to the Tower of London to the full. Find out the main facts such as why William the Conqueror built it in the first place and who was imprisoned, tortured and beheaded within its walls. Get the quirky details too: which animals have been kept there over the centuries…
 
Welcome to the official start of Aquarius season! With a powerful Full Moon in Leo appearing this Thursday, we are nearing the end of a cycle that began in Leo season of 2020, so think back to the patterns from last July & August. In the first part of this episode, host Cardsy B gives us a reading and pulls the card of the week, the Four of Swords.…
 
This tour of the Square Mile, starts with some stories from its history: medieval days, the plague, the Great Fire and the subsequent rebuilding of the city which became a world centre of finance. We'll hear from many Londoners, such as Dick Whittington, Samuel Pepys and Christopher Wren, and visit some of the places you might want to look round to…
 
It’s darkest before the dawn and resilience does pay off! Following a powerful New Moon in Capricorn, the card of the week is the Nine of Wands, translating into a lot of “nine” energy with January under the Nice of Cups. With the Hermit as their ruler, we’re all about inner knowing and access to our own discernement. The Nine of Wands also represe…
 
We begin our tour of London at St Paul's Cathedral, which stands as a symbol of the city and which has so many links to its past. Hear a little of the history of the cathedral itself, listen to stories as varied as Catherine of Aragon's (first!) wedding, Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee and the funerals of Nelson, the Duke of Wellington and Winston…
 
Find out what's in the cards for the week ahead and in the second part of this episode, meet Rhiannon Rosalind, Owner & CEO of The Economic Club of Canada and Co-founder of the Global Institute for Conscious Economics. Rhiannon is a business leader who has made it her mission to infuse consciousness into economics and this has earned her an officia…
 
Red buses and royalty, St Paul's and Piccadilly, London is one of the world's most popular city break destinations. Here is an overview of the series, offering some geographical, historical and cultural details to whet your appetite for the remaining 25 episodes when we will tour all the main sites, telling you the stories behind them and introduci…
 
Change, discernment, resilience. In this season opening for her new Hex and the City podcast, tarot reader Cardsy B looks at the cards for 2021, sharing what the major themes are for this year as a whole as well as for each month and season. After the challenges we faced in 2020 (year of the Emperor), we're ready for transformation, and space was c…
 
Welcome to Hex and the City, a new podcast by tarot reader Cardsy B. Every week, she brings the stars down to earth to provide an update on what is happening in the world, cosmically-speaking. Through conversations with guests of different backgrounds and of course through readings from her signature deck 'Badass Bitches Tarot', Cardsy B breaks dow…
 
Loads of inspiration for future city breaks from three great travel websites. We're off to the Middle East, then taking in both Tuscany and southern Italy, as well as venturing into Eastern Europe for some New Year celebrations. Something for everyone! Useful links our website: https://www.citybreakspodcast.co.uk to find us on twitter: @citybreaksc…
 
Lots of ideas for cities for a Christmas break, plus more inspiration for future city breaks from three great travel websites. There's an Italian slant today, with visits to Turin and Venice, but we also take a look at Bratislava. Useful links our website: https://www.citybreakspodcast.co.uk to find us on twitter: @citybreakscast to e-mail us: city…
 
Some home-grown city break inspiration, plus three intriguing ideas from listeners. One takes us to central Spain, another gives a new take on an old favourite and the third makes a lively suggestion for a city break with music, fun and ghost stories. To finish, there's a selection of spooky tales from other cities. Useful links our website: https:…
 
Our latest episode – the last in the Bath series – takes you on a day out to Glastonbury, home of the abbey ruins, the Tor, the King Arthur legends and one of the country's most unusual high streets. Find out what happened to destroy the abbey, why a tree from Glastonbury was on Britain's Christmas stamps in 1986 and what starring role the town pla…
 
Less than an hour's drive from Bath, Wells is England's smallest city and makes a lovely day out. Hear about the main attractions, including the cathedral and the Bishop's Palace and learn lots of fascinating snippets: everything from bell-ringing swans to England's last fighting Tommy, via a fight in a vineyard, the stabling of horses in the cathe…
 
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