Category: Europe

The Lake District - one of the most depressing landscapes in Europe?

The Lake District – one of the most depressing landscapes in Europe?

“One of the most depressing landscapes in Europe” has been the description used to describe my home this week, in an article written in The Guardian newspaper by George Monbiot. As someone who is proud of where I live, I therefore feel the need to speak out! Whilst whether the Lake District deserves World Heritage status […]

Testicle-eating fish in European waters: a warning to keep your trunks on!

Testicle-eating fish in European waters: a warning to keep your trunks on!

Now there’s a blog post title you don’t read every day. Without wishing to alarm people, you (or at least approximately half the population) might like to be aware that a small, piranha-like fish called the pacu – but also referred to as the ‘ball-cutter’ owing to its reputation for biting off men’s testicles – […]

Finding luxury in Italy

Finding luxury in Italy

Next time you’re considering Italy for a luxury holiday, but are seeking more privacy than you might get from a hotel or resort, take a look at Italian Rentals 4 U. Providing high levels of standard and service, and with an impressive array of unique properties in their portfolio, the company offers luxurious villas and […]

Photograph of the week: L'Ile Rousse beach, Corsica

Photograph of the week: L’Ile Rousse beach, Corsica

This is the beach at L’Ile Rousse in la Balagne region of Corsica. With a gently sloping seabed, crystal clear water and the beach itself of soft white sand, it is one of the photographer’s favourite places in Corsica. It stretches from the town where you will find numerous great restaurants, cafés and hotels as well as some lovely holiday villas […]

5 of the Azores' undiscovered culinary experiences

5 of the Azores’ undiscovered culinary experiences

As the chilly breeze of Autumn approaches, adventurous food lovers should escape to mouth-wateringly warmer climes in the Azores because the archipelago is plating-up some truly “smoking hot” dishes. So why not hop on a flight (less than four hours direct from the UK) to São Miguel Island, your gateway to experience an abundance of […]

6 fascinating hotels on the Italian Riviera

6 fascinating hotels on the Italian Riviera

Splashed with colors, inviting sparkling blue waters and a coastline with powdery sand beaches and rocky cliffs – the image we paint in our minds is known to everyone as the Italian Riviera, the stretch of coast between France and Tuscany. In Summer, the people crowd to this Ligurian coast for its beautiful scenery and […]

3 new luxury hotels in Italy

3 new luxury hotels in Italy

Have you considered Italy for your next luxury trip away? The country saw a flurry of luxury hotel openings last Summer, with three new five star hotels opening in quick succession – one on the Adriatic Riviera, another on the island of Capri and a third on Lake Vico, Lazio. Here’s a quick summary of […]

The first 7 star luxury hotel in Venice

The first 7 star luxury hotel in Venice

Billing itself as a 7 star luxury hotel, the Aman Canal Grande opened in Venice last May. Found within Palazzo Papadopoli on the Grand Canal, it has frescoed rooms by Tiepolo, a library room lined with original leather wallpaper, private gardens, a cosy spa and a dining room serving Italian and Asian dishes. Double rooms […]

The best ski resorts in France

The best ski resorts in France

There will never be total agreement on “the” best ski resort in France. Each 
is different, yet all offer enormous skiing opportunities, geographical appeal and an atmosphere that is conducive to an excellent holiday. Some of the resorts are purpose-built, while others retain their 
French Alpine charm. Some are seriously renowned for their après scene, […]

4 truly romantic honeymoon destinations within 3 hours of London

4 truly romantic honeymoon destinations within 3 hours of London

For many newly-weds the romantic dream of a perfect honeymoon actually starts with quite a challenging experience; the flight. Actually getting to the destination can mean seemingly endless hours, stuck in a cramped aeroplane cabin as you fly off toward some exotic paradise beach on the other side of the world. So, if you and […]

Top 5 cocktail bars in Berlin

Top 5 cocktail bars in Berlin

What better way to top off a day’s sightseeing and exploring in Berlin than with a perfectly mixed cocktail? With a plethora of bars on almost every street corner it can be hard to know where to start and how to find a good cocktail can be overwhelming. So whether you like a simple G&T, […]

The hottest ticket under the sun – the solar eclipse

The hottest ticket under the sun – the solar eclipse

A total eclipse of the sun will occur later this year and another in 2015. This is a not-to-be-missed experience that should be everyone’s “must do” list. The fact that there is intense interest in the eclipse experience already, means that the cruise lines are putting on extra ships, and tour operators are coming up with […]

Cycling in Hampshire - watering and feeding stops

Cycling in Hampshire – watering and feeding stops

We’re lucky in that we live in spitting distance of the New Forest – which is superb for either road or off road cycling.  It is easy to get to as well – either on the train, the Hythe ferry, or by hitching the bikes up to the tow-bar and driving to one of a […]

Foodies find fresh figs and a fun festival in Croatia

Foodies find fresh figs and a fun festival in Croatia

Love figs? Head to Zadar, Croatia, to end your Dalmatian Summer in style by feasting on the sweetest fig based food and drinks in the city that is better known for its unique art installations, such as the Greeting to the Sun and the Sea Organ. There will also be a cooking demonstration, a children’s workshop […]

Recipe of the week: Lobster and prawn with arabiatta linguine

Recipe of the week: Lobster and prawn with arabiatta linguine

Lobster from Scotland in particular has a wonderfully sweet and fresh flavour. Try this luxurious and surprisingly quick dish – one of the very best ways to eat lobster. Linguine is perfect for this dish as its flat shape means it retains the sauce and flavours well, making it even tastier – enjoy with a […]

Top 5 Autumn experiences in Andalucia

Top 5 Autumn experiences in Andalucia

While most visitors to Andalucia will be sure to include a visit to one of the popular historic sites such as the Alhambra in Granada, the Mezquita in Cordoba or the Cathedral of Seville, countless experiences await the traveler who looks just a little further beneath the surface of this beautiful and culturally rich region […]

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