Agro Tourism: The Most Authentic Way To Travel In Italy

Italy is one of my favourite world destinations. The history, food and landscape all make for a well balanced holiday with plenty of opportunity for adventure and relaxation, if you visit in shoulder season when the heat isn’t too oppressive. We were eager to head to Sicily in June, though slightly worried about how we would manage to have a relaxing break whilst taking care of our very active one year old… luckily my research brought me to the burgeoning industry of Agro Tourism which would turn out to make our trip much more relaxing than we ever could have hoped. Continue reading “Agro Tourism: The Most Authentic Way To Travel In Italy”

Day trips from Paris that avoid the crowds

I’ve been living in Paris for over 2 years now, going to new museums, restaurants and hidden corners whenever I can. I’m still discovering hidden treasures even now! Many people who come to France stay in Paris for the duration of their trip, it’s easy to see why as there’s plenty to keep you busy here for a week or more. However, taking day trips out of the city allows you to experience the country’s rich heritage, impressive buildings that form the legacy of its legendary monarchy, now a republic and therefore open doors. Castles, forests and palaces all beautifully preserved and waiting to be explored. Most people automatically head for the Chateau of Versailles which is a beautiful palace, but hoards of crowds can make it difficult to enjoy. I can of course offer advice on avoiding the queues and busy times, but I also have some alternatives to present you that I myself have enjoyed more than Versailles. Continue reading “Day trips from Paris that avoid the crowds”

Dine like a local in Paris: Best restaurants for the real Parisien experience

Le cafe du commerce

Living in Paris is a dream for a foodie like me. I’ve been here for 2 years now, so have plenty of great restaurants and bars to recommend that I go to on a regular basis. They are enjoyed by tourists and locals alike, and fit in well with sightseeing as I often go to these places when I have friends in town. Enjoy! Continue reading “Dine like a local in Paris: Best restaurants for the real Parisien experience”

Weekend City Breaks: Porto or Lisbon?

After a week in Portugal I was totally in love and already wondering when I could come back, or even if I could feasibly move here! The ancient culture, fresh flavoursome food, gorgeous architecture and laid back culture are just a few reasons why it’s easy to fall in love with this country. 

Most people visit either Porto or Lisbon on weekend city breaks, with both cities well suited to such a trip. We on the other hand decided to do a 8 day long holiday visiting both cities for three days each and 2 days in Sintra. Both have different activities to offer and different cultural identities, read on to find out my top tips for both.  Continue reading “Weekend City Breaks: Porto or Lisbon?”

10 ideas for a winter weekend city break

Rome by Moyan Brenn on Flikr

A quick search on Skyscanner will reveal that now is the time to plan ahead for those wintery months coming up, and book a weekend away. City breaks are one of my favourite types of holidays; a couple of days to explore somewhere new, wine and dine in nice restaurants and stay in a hotel and let someone else clean up for a while. But which city should you choose, when there are so many? There’s something to be found in Europe for every style, it’s just a matter of finding the one that tickles your fancy and booking those flights!

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4 ways to avoid the tourist traps of Barcelona

7257777130_d45ffba4fb_kBarcelona is one of my favourite cities in the world but each year that I visit, this is the 5th, it gets more and more crowded. This year I was fortunate enough to be visiting local friends, so I was able to get a taste of the real Barcelona, away from the crowded tourist traps. The highlights are undoubtedly worth seeing, as described in my last post about Barcelona. However if you’re in the mood for something different or you’ve been to Barcelona before, I’d like to share the love and let you in on the secrets!

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Beat the Brexit Blues: Inspiration for an English Holiday

So the pound has fallen from its mighty perch, and suddenly going away this summer seems far more expensive. Far from being a disadvantage, it’s actually the perfect opportunity to see what the UK has to offer, and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. We are blessed with gorgeous landscapes, quaint cobbled street villages and a rich history thanks to the Romans and Prehistoric wonders. Hit up airbnb for some cheap accommodation or invest in a tent and some comfortable bedding, bundle into the car and have a good old fashioned road trip. These are four of my favourite places in England to get you inspired.

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5 Places to enjoy London like a Local

London is my hometown and having travelled the world I can honestly say its one of the best cities I’ve ever immersed myself in. It’s is bursting at the seams with things to do and places to see, but also full of tourist attractions that are heaving with people most of the time. You’ve got to brave the crowds to visit unmissable sights like the Tower of London or Buckingham Palace, but where do you go to get the authentic experience? Where do Londoners go on the weekend to enjoy their city? All my favourite spots are now revealed and they’re perfect for families, couples or backpackers, because the best places are ones that anyone can enjoy.

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8 Barcelona Highlights for Your Next City Break

Barcelona harbour at sunset
Barcelona harbour at sunset

Barcelona is the perfect destination for anybody looking for a little bit of everything. Great weather, beaches, culture, history and great food can all be found in this charming city. My favourite thing to do is pick a couple of disctricts to walk around for the morning or afternoon and just get lost, for this is a city full of unique neighbourhoods. Pack a comfortable pair of shoes but don’t try to do more than 1 or 2 areas per day. For an utterly relaxing and memorable trip, don’t miss out on any of these highlights.

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