Top 3 Rainiest Cities In Europe | Fulton Umbrellas

You may have settled back into the work-life routine, but that’s not to say that it shouldn’t be unsettled with a little European getaway. You deserve it — you’ve survived the hardest two months back in the office after a delightful period away spending time with your family and friends.

With many European destinations just a short flight away from almost any major city in the UK, we take a look at some of the locations that you should be packing your birdcage umbrella for and why a little downfall shouldn’t put you off a visit. These cities have much more to offer so don’t rule them out!

1. Podgorica, Montenegro

Montenegro
Montenegro

Although Podgorica might not be the first thought on your mind when thinking of booking up, the mountainous city offers a mixture of modern and historic culture which is perfect for anyone looking for an adventure this year.

However, you should definitely be packing your umbrella on this trip. This destination is noted to be the rainiest city in Europe with an average 65.4 inches of water landing each year; but don’t let that put you off! The city prides itself on the beautiful Morača River and its modern Millennium Bridge, as well as the Ribnica River which is home to the stone bridge. While you’re there, take a trip to the historic pilgrimage site Ostrog Monastery and Independence Square which is the sociocultural hub of the city!

The picturesque landscape also includes Lake Skadar where tourists can carry out bird watching, fishing, and hunting activities. If you’re looking for something more exhilarating, you could rent a boat and take a swim in the waters.

2. Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana
Ljubljana

We get it, you’ve always thought about visiting Slovenia. But did you know its capital is the second rainiest city in Europe? Ljubljana is reported to have an average rainfall of around 53.9 inches per year. The city itself however, is known for both its old town and commercial hub which covers all the wants and needs for any traveller.

There’s so much that can be done in this city, and it’s known to be a hit with young people (especially students). The curving Ljubljanica River makes for the perfect Instagram selfie spot too, and a boat ride trip should be arranged in advance to make sure you get all the right shots.

While you’re around, make sure you take a trip to the Ljubljana Castle which one of the main tourist attractions of this city and stands on Castle Hill. Other things to do in Ljubljana include Tivoli City Park, the city zoo, central market and one of the historic cathedrals and churches.

After a long day of exploring, there are plenty of quaint and quirky cafes, fine dining restaurants bars that you can let loose in. Head to Prešeren Square for all of the action!

3. Tirana, Albania

Tirana
Tirana

Albania is reportedly becoming a more popular holiday destination for Brits, but did you know its capital Tirana is the third rainiest city in Europe? With an average downpour of 48.0 inches each year, you shouldn’t let a little drizzle put you offer a visit to this upcoming city.

If you and your travel companion appreciate exquisite architecture, this Ottoman-, Fascist- and Soviet-era building work will definitely impress. If you’re a lover of history, this city is full of it. The National History Museum offers an insight to prehistoric times through Communist rule and anti-Communist uprising in the 1900s while the National Arts Gallery presents some of the finest artwork in a timeless exhibition.

Take your trip to new heights with a visit to the Dajti mountain and national park. You’ll be able to enjoy a cable car ride and take in the great surroundings of the area. When it comes to dining, you’re truly spoilt for choice with plenty of local cuisine to try out!

World Book Day: Top 5 Literary Characters | Fulton Umbrellas

World Book Day
World Book Day

7th March marks the annual celebration of and the team here at Fulton Umbrellas couldn’t be more excited. Whether you’re celebrating at school or in the office like us, nothing feels more exhilarating than revisiting some of our favourite books and channelling the looks of the most iconic literary characters.

We take a look at some of our favourite characters — see if you can spot the running theme…

1. Rubeus Hagrid

Hagrid has become a household name around the world after appearing in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter book series. According to the author, the character was one of the first to be created and stated that the name come from an old English word that meant ‘you’d have a bad night’. This was well associated with this particular character because he was a big drinker and experienced a lot of regrettable nights!

In the book, Hagrid was forbidden to use magic after his expulsion from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and the Ministry of Magic broke his wand as a result. However, Hagrid kept the broken pieces inside of his pink umbrella and performed small spells from time to time — such as giving Dudley Dursley a pig’s tail and opening up Diagon Alley!

2. Mr Tumnus

Everyone who has ever read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis loves Mr Tumnus. This character was first introduced to the literary world back in 1950 and was actually responsible for the entire book series. The author admitted that a picture of a Faun carrying an umbrella and parcels in a snowy wood had been in his mind since the age of 16.

However, it wasn’t until CS Lewis was in his 40s where he decided to develop the world and create this story we all know and love. And how awesome is it that a best-selling book idea came from an umbrella?

3. John Darling

Quintessentially the most British literary character of them all, John Darling from J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan is kind of friend we want in our group. What makes this character stand out from the crowd is his witty one-liners, over-the-top reactions, and of course, his Neverland attire — don’t judge him, it was late at night when they travelled second star to the right and straight on till morning.

His Neverland attire included his pyjamas, top hat, and his umbrella (as he could never bring himself to leave without such items)! We’re beginning to spot a trend with some of our favourite characters here…

4. Mary Poppins

P.L. Travers brought us the joy of Mary Poppins and the Banks family. Countless books and two films later, this is one story that has truly merged itself with British culture. The character, who was blown into our lives by the East wind, accepts a nanny job to look after the children at Number 17 Cherry Tree Lane in London until the wind changes.

With a magical touch to her presence, the children experience a tea party on a ceiling with Mr. Wigg, a trip around the world with a compass, the purchase of gingerbread stars from Mrs. Corry, meeting the Bird Woman, a visit to the zoo, and more. However, then the wind changes, she opens up her umbrella and the West wind carries her away! Next time she should bring her windproof umbrella

5. Christopher Robin

One thing we admire about British literature is the friendship that blossomed between Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin in the world created by A.A. Milne. Christopher Robin is one character that often takes an umbrella with him when out and about and even uses it in the first story — to deceive some bees!

As well as this, him and Pooh set sail in an umbrella named the ‘Brain of Pooh’ when Piglet, another fascinating character in this world, is surrounded by water!