Lazio’s Hidden Treasures of Italy in Viterbo: No. 1 Macchina di Santa Rosa

The historic city of Viterbo is one of Italy’s lesser-known gems. A gruelling two-hour train ride out of Rome takes you to this stunning city and all its glory. Its papal history and patriotic celebrations are truly something to behold, such as the Transportation of The Macchina di Santa Rosa

Top 5 Ukraine Eurovision Entries

In honour of Ukraine’s (eventual) selection of the host city for Eurovision 2017 (congratulations Kyiv!), I have selected my top 5 favourite Ukranian Eurovision entries over the years. Only as I researched did I realise that amazingly, Ukraine has only been entering songs for The Eurovision Song Contest since 2003. More

The Great Culinary Quest; Part 2

'In love, as in gluttony, pleasure is a matter of the utmost precision.' (Italo Calvino) Never were truer words spoken in history with regards to my relationship with food. Although, what I lack in precision I make up for in permissiveness. With a few more countries crossed off the bucket list my culinary

Opinion Piece; Immigration in the Wake of the EU Referendum

In the midst of the referendum for whether the UK remains part of the EU I have felt particularly affected by the topic of immigration. Since the influx of Eastern Europeans over the past several years I have felt the growing animosity and segregation between groups of nationalities. There is no

The Great Culinary Quest; Part 1

One of the joys of travelling, in my opinion, is the opportunity to try new things. Food is one of them. Being an avid fan of the stuff since I was born, and fortunately raised in a dual-nationality household, I was taught to A). Eat a wide range of traditional

Five Things To Do Whilst You Wallow In Your Post-Eurovision Blues!

I bloody love Eurovision. It’s been a month since The Eurovision Song Contest graced the beautiful city of Stockholm and rather predictably my usual post-Eurovision depression has become well and truly entrenched. If you’re anything like me, you’ll currently be noticing the painful lull in Eurovision related things that have for

Album Review: Amir – Au Coeur De Moi

Laurent Amir Khlifa Khedider Haddad was no newcomer to televised competitions when he entered Eurovision for France this year. Going by one of his middle names, the Paris born and Herzliya raised Amir first entered a televised competition in 2006 when he made a brief appearance on Kokhav Nolad, Israel's

Why European Politics is NOT Ruining Eurovision!

On a vodka fuelled week in Lanzarote in May 2016 I started thinking about my first contribution to www.helloeurope.eu . I had agreed to contribute my views after visiting Stockholm for the Eurovision Song Contest Final earlier in the year. The creation of a new website and interactive forum for

Album Review: Jamala – 1944

In recent years it has been somewhat obvious which entrant would soar to victory. From Lena to Alexander Rybak, Loreen to Måns Zelmerlöw, Conchita Wurst to Ell & Niki, there was something about each of those entries that made them clear winners long before the finals. The same can not

The Dr will see you now

Hello my Eurovision lovelies! This column is intended to be a bit of lighthearted fun among the really serious Eurovision business going on in the other sections of the website. It is also, however, a forum where Europhiles can ask Dr C questions and hopefully get some useful answers. And

Stockholm Calling!

Almost a month after Ukraine swept away the public vote for Eurovision 2016 and Stockholm has regained its composure to being the prosperous Nordic city of the north. Banners taken down and ABBA packed away for another year, Stockholm’s breath-taking ochre buildings of the Gamla Stan are once again the centre

Hello Europe!

  Hello Europe! This is the United Kingdom calling!   The 2016 Eurovision Song Contest was held in the capital of Sweden, Stockholm. It was the third time that Stockholm had hosted the contest and the second time that it was held in the Globe Arena. The right to host the contest came