Landlocked by three of Europe’s most powerful countries, Luxembourg has historically been eclipsed by its larger neighbours as a top tourist destination. The miniature nation appears as a mere dot on the map in the centre of France, Germany and Belgium. At just 2,586 square kilometres, the country is only a fraction bigger than the county of Dorset in the UK – but it’s much more than France’s garage. There’s lots to discover in this underrated, pint-size place, so what are you waiting for?
The wild poppies may be on their way out of season, but soon war memorials across the world will be sheathed in a sea of red flowers to commemorate the fallen. As Remembrance Day draws near, why not consider a trip to the very ground where the events occurred? Whether or not you had relatives who took part, visiting the places where some of the most important battles of the World Wars took place is a moving way to mark the day – giving a glimpse into the realities of the fighting. Embark on your own World War II battlefield tour this November with a visit to these poignant locations.
Just 10 km from the Belgian border, the French coastal town of Dunkirk is perhaps best known as the site of one of the most miraculous evacuations in military history. But before World War II, Dunkirk was famous for a very different reason – it grew into one of the most prolific fishing towns in France. Today the town is a vibrant tourist spot with reminders of its rich history etched across the area. For the release of Christopher Nolan’s feature film documenting the events of the 10-day ordeal in 1940, we take a look at the best places to visit in Dunkirk.
From its first inception in the 1830s, P&O spent many decades building a business out of mail services and trade routes. By 1904, the shipping giant made its first step into the world of pleasure cruising. They transformed old mail boats into luxurious vessels for the wealthy upper classes to travel to far and exotic locations.
Like much of the country, P&O recovered slowly from the effects of the First World War. However the company continued to work positively, acquiring smaller shipping lines and opening new booking offices in London’s West End. By the mid-1920s, P&O had become the largest shipping company in the world. During this decade of innovation, P&O turned turbo-electric, give much more economical results.
Just as they’d found their feet, P&O was preparing for war again. Ships and staff were moved out of London to Glasgow and Liverpool, and photographers started creating copes of all of the company’s the vital records, contracts and files. Within a month of the declaration of war, the entire passenger fleet had been requisitioned by the War Office.
With the introduction of cheaper, shorter routes, P&O would revolutionise the family holiday for all, while still venturing into other industries. New types of ships, and a new Chairman in Sir Donald Anderson, allowed the company to enter new realms of travel, freight forwarding and the fuel industry. The latter saw P&O supplying the gas and oil rigs of the North Sea from a fleet of small ships.