Exploring cultures and communities – the slow way

We have switched the hidden europe domain name from hiddeneurope.co.uk to hiddeneurope.eu to clarify that we are based in the European Union. This change has been on the agenda for some time and it seemed a good moment now to implement it.

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We have always had multiple domain names for hidden europe. And we know that many of our readers have regularly looked for and found us on our .co.uk domain, viz. www.hiddeneurope.co.uk.

We have decided that now’s the moment to make a few changes. We shall henceforth be focusing on our .eu domain, so the URL to bookmark is www.hiddeneurope.eu.

This is absolutely not a case of ditching Britain. But, as a German publisher, we feel it is right to showcase our commitment to shared European values and cooperation. The .eu domain nicely captures that.

The content of our website has not changed during the process of migrating to the .eu domain. All urls remain unchanged (apart from the domain suffix). So links to pages previously located on the co.uk domain still work – they now just reach their .eu domain equivalent.

Nicky Gardner and Susanne Kries
(editors, hidden europe magazine)

This article was published in hidden europe notes.


Nicky Gardner is editor of hidden europe and also the principal author of the magazine. Where a text is not specifically attributed to an author, it is the work of Nicky. Below, you’ll find a small selection of her articles in hidden europe magazine. Nicky also writes regularly for other media. She is co-author (with Susanne Kries) of the book Europe by Rail: The Definitive Guide, the 16th edition of which was published in late 2019.

Nicky Gardner was liberated from a life enslaved to performance indicators and business plans to become a travel writer. In fairness, travel has always been a major element of her career. Having experienced Germany as a Gastarbeiterin (guest worker) after leaving school, Nicky subsequently studied geography in Wales, and went to work in oddball corners of the globe: in the Canadian Rockies, on the fringes of the Sahara in North Africa and in a community on the edge of things in Ireland. These adventures, and a spell of consultancy in eastern Europe, paved the way for the journey that is hidden europe.

Nicky reads geography books, railway timetables and maps entirely for pleasure - and lots of real books too! She claims to have visited every inhabited island in the Hebrides, and loves nothing more than a slow meander by public transport around some unsung part of Europe. Nicky is particularly interested in issues of identity and culture in eastern Europe and the Balkans, in linguistic minorities and in island communities. Her pet loves are public libraries, Armenian food and anything coloured purple. Nicky cannot abide suburban sprawl, supermarkets and fast trains. Nicky has since 2007 been a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers. Her favourite contemporary travel writers are Jan Morris, Dervla Murphy and Philip Marsden. Nicky is especially keen on historical travel writing: Edith Durham, Gertrude Bell and Isabelle Eberhardt are among her favourites. Nicky can be contacted at editors [at] hiddeneurope.eu.

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