Category: Europe

Extreme mountain biking on the Isle of Skye

Extreme mountain biking on the Isle of Skye

Many of you very kindly followed our family mountain bike adventures in the Scottish Isles this Summer in which we eventually made our way on to the Isle of Skye where we did a little exploring of our own. Well, our efforts will look rather meagre once you watch this! #TheRidge is the brand new […]

Recipe of the week: Parsnip and maple syrup cake, and clotted cream ice cream

Recipe of the week: Parsnip and maple syrup cake, and clotted cream ice cream

Inspired by the humble vegetable, this luxurious dessert is full in flavour yet surprisingly light. Served with clotted cream ice cream, the cake is laced with citrus flavours from the grated apples, orange juice and zest without losing the spicy sweetness of the parsnip. The maple syrup helps blend the eclectic mix of flavours to […]

Photograph of the week: The painted village of Zalipie, Poland

Photograph of the week: The painted village of Zalipie, Poland

Zalipie is located in northern Małopolska, about 68 km (42 miles) east of the regional capital Kraków. The village has a long lasting tradition of painted cottages. The paintings are made on the outer walls of buildings, wells and fences and in the interiors of the houses. Currently in Zalipie, there are about 20 painted […]

5 favorite Summer cycle rides

5 favorite Summer cycle rides

You know what makes me smile? Riding through gorgeous destinations in the warm, Summer sun. For me, nothing beats pushing myself to the limit as I climb a steep incline, biking through the most stunning locations, or cycling for a cause that is near and dear to my heart. In short, it’s all about the […]

Using Uber in London

Using Uber in London

The prospect of hanging around Heathrow for 24 hours when a delayed British Airways flight resulted in a missed connection to Cape Town didn’t fill us with too much joy. Sorting out a new flight and somewhere to stay in the early hours of the morning (the queue was pretty horrendous – hundreds of people […]

Short stay: Sofitel London Heathrow, London, UK

Short stay: Sofitel London Heathrow, London, UK

To be honest, we could probably have slept anywhere when we spent the night at the Sofitel London Heathrow. We should have been well on the way to Cape Town by the time of our stay but unfortunately our plans were scuppered by a delayed British Airways flight from Manchester which resulted in a missed […]

Recipe of the week: Giant jaffa cake

Recipe of the week: Giant jaffa cake

This giant jaffa cake has been designed by two Michelin star chef, Michael Wignall in collaboration with Café Football’s executive chef, Brendan Fyldes. The dessert is perfect for football-themed birthday parties or for those who simply love the delicious combination of sweet orange jelly coupled with the crunch of bitter dark chocolate. Enjoy! Ingredients Orange […]

5 of the best hotels in Moscow

5 of the best hotels in Moscow

Moscow’s rich cultural heritage infuses the city; her historic architecture and monuments, some dating to the 15th century, emanate majestic beauty. Hardly stagnant, this bustling metropolis has welcomed modernity in the form of internationally renowned high-end hotel brands. These five luxury establishments have added five-star polish to the vibrant Russian capital. Lotte Hotel Moscow The […]

A few sacred places in Paris where you can listen to music

A few sacred places in Paris where you can listen to music

There are only a few sacred places in Paris where you can only occasionally listen to some music in a historical surrounding. La Sainte-Chapelle, located under the Conciergerie, where Björk gave once a live performance, usually hosts concerts during the New Year period and it’s a very good occasion to enter this mystical place during […]

3 superb boutique accommodations to enjoy in the UK

3 superb boutique accommodations to enjoy in the UK

Restaurants with rooms are great, offering relative luxury, peace and quiet and top-notch food.  We have learnt recently that this is a superb way of taking a weekend break in the UK without breaking the bank but ensuring really good R&R time in very comfortable surroundings and without too many other people.  To get a good […]

Iconic French Pompidou Centre branches out to Malaga, Spain

Iconic French Pompidou Centre branches out to Malaga, Spain

Yet another reason to visit Malaga! Malaga is one of those oft overlooked cities, underrated and underappreciated even amongst other Andalusian capitals such as Seville and Granada. Many people might be surprised to learn, for example, that Malaga has some thirty museums and a combined cultural offering only surpassed by Madrid and Barcelona in Spain. […]

5 reasons why the North of England is awesome

5 reasons why the North of England is awesome

There’s been a lot of talk lately about divisions between the North and South of the UK and, even though Scotland has made up its mind, England still has a North-South dilemma of its own. On this note, Virgin Trains have launched a new campaign which is all about ‘Arriving Awesome’ to your destination and, […]

Norway - a dream destination

Norway – a dream destination

We were invited by travel rewards currency Avios to tell them our favourite travel destination in Europe and as someone who is more at home with the countryside than city life, it probably comes as no surprise that my dream destination in Europe is one that is perhaps better known for its rural qualities than for […]

Tempt your tastebuds at these October wine and food festivals in Paris and London

Tempt your tastebuds at these October wine and food festivals in Paris and London

With October approaching and the days becoming shorter, food and wine enthusiasts will enjoy both the culinary delights and the festival atmosphere that are offered at two distinctive annual events – the Montmartre Grape Harvest Festival in Paris, and the London Restaurant Festival. Read on to learn more… Montmartre Grape Harvest Festival, 8th – 12th October […]

8 reasons to love Lech

8 reasons to love Lech

I have skied in Lech since I was a child, and it is the resort that I keep returning to. Lech fuses tradition and modernity perfectly. In the 25 years or so that I have been going, its charming character has remained reassuringly constant; strict planning laws means that expansion and development is virtually non-existent […]

A luxury par 3 in Scotland

A luxury par 3 in Scotland

Whether an independent country or part of the United Kingdom, Scotland has plenty to offer the luxury traveller. It has breathtaking scenery, rugged coastlines, a proud culture, centuries of heritage and this year is the Year of the Homecoming – a year long programme of events and activities that shows off all that Scotland has […]

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