Category: Europe

Walk on the wild side - Tour du Mont Blanc

Walk on the wild side – Tour du Mont Blanc

The Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) is a walking trail in the French, Italian and Swiss Alps, a 180km (112 miles) circuit of Mont Blanc, starting and finishing in Les Houches near Chamonix. The highest point reached by the standard route is 2,584m (8,478ft). Trekkers typically take eleven days to complete the circuit, give or […]

The things I miss after leaving the Cinque Terre

The things I miss after leaving the Cinque Terre

After raising a family and living in Monterosso for 27 years, I decided it was time for  another change. This time I chose to move from the sea towards the sky, to the magnificent peaks of the Unesco Dolomites. leaving the laid back way of life of a coastal village to the more efficient German […]

Bottlenose dolphins off the coast of KwaZulu-Natal

The best places to travel to this season

Whether you’re seeking wildlife spectacles, otherworldly scenery or the buzz of a festival, there is a wide range of options for travelling to a new destination this season. We’ve listed ten of the best places to visit at this time of year to help you plan your next spring-summer adventure. Australia’s Ningaloo Marine Park While […]

10 of the best beaches in Croatia

10 of the best beaches in Croatia

Once an up-and-coming beach destination for the young, hip and well-travelled, Croatia has now become one of the most visited, coveted and desirable destinations in Europe. With over 700 islands, this archipelago in the Adriatic has fast become a must-visit hot spot for anyone who loves sun, sea and (almost) sand… Although many of Croatia’s […]

6 things to do for a relaxing weekend on the Montreux Riviera

6 things to do for a relaxing weekend on the Montreux Riviera

If you are looking for a traveling destination that will be able to help you achieve that Zen-like feeling of relaxation, look no further than the charming Montreux Riviera. Located just a little ways from the beautiful Lake Geneva, the area is part of the canton of Vaud, one of the most distinctive cultural poles […]

The best gardens and parks in and around Rome

The best gardens and parks in and around Rome

With Spring in the air in Rome, now is the perfect time to get outside and explore. Rome’s open air piazzas are not the only place in the city to congregate and enjoy la dolce vita. One of our favourites is the city’s English landscape garden, Villa Borghese, a popular city park destination for people […]

5 luxurious places to stay in Edinburgh with historic links

5 luxurious places to stay in Edinburgh with historic links

Edinburgh is a city packed full of history and heritage. With buildings dating back to the 12th century, Old Town charm and Georgian splendour, you do not have to walk far to spot an architectural gem. Edinburgh is also a city which takes its luxury seriously and there is a wide choice of superb accommodation. […]

1881 Per Sagardi Barcelona

Barcelona off the beaten track: the hidden gems of the city

Some may be quick to assume that Barcelona is nothing more than unusual Gaudi buildings and beautiful beaches. To the contrary, the Catalan capital is brimming with off-the-beaten-track treasures whether you’re looking for the best spots for clandestine dining, low-key bars, quaint and quirky museums or simply to keep away from the hoards of tourists. […]

Luxury developments on the horizon in Andalusia's Malaga province

Luxury developments on the horizon in Andalusia’s Malaga province

Though the Andalusian resort town of Marbella, on Spain’s southernmost Mediterranean coast, has long been renowned as a luxury travel playground of the rich and famous, the Costa del Sol itself gained a bit of a reputation for lower end tourism and overcrowding, particularly to the west of Malaga city. However, in recent years Malaga […]

Short stay: Goldsborough Hall, near Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, UK

Short stay: Goldsborough Hall, near Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, UK

Situated between Harrogate and York, Goldsborough Hall is a historic, 400-year-old stately home and Grade II Listed building, and former residence (and first marital home) to one of the present Queen’s aunts: HRH Princess Mary (1897-1965). After an extensive restoration, it has established itself as one of Yorkshire’s finest wedding venues but has also enjoyed a growing trade […]

3 of the best 5 star Mallorca hotels to know before you go to

3 of the best 5 star Mallorca hotels to know before you go to

Offering everything from a vibrant city life to lush countryside escapes Mallorca has been a long time favorite for many europeans seeking sea and sun. I had always thought it was just a vacation place that Germans frequented for summer holidays but I quickly realized on my very first visit that that was not the […]

Cadaques Catalonia at night

Charming Cadaques: Dali’s dreamy Summertime town

Salvador Dalí soaked up heaps of inspiration, light and colour in the charming, dreamy seaside town of Cadaques, in Catalonia. He spent many a delightful summer there, in his younger days, and later worked and lived in his home workshop in Port Lligat. Cadaques’ crystal bay is located where the Pyrenees mountains come down to […]

This Summer's top 3 countryside festivals in the UK

This Summer’s top 3 countryside festivals in the UK

This summer, we’ll be looking for any excuse to escape the city and revel in the sun-kissed British countryside. With this year’s calendar brimming with festivals celebrating everything from food and music to history and literature, we’re just a bit spoilt for choice. Still, we’ve somehow managed to whittle the list down to our top […]

4 great reasons to visit Belgrade

4 great reasons to visit Belgrade

One of Europe’s best kept secrets, Belgrade should be on every adventurous travellers’ radar. Out of the ashes of communism, Belgrade has emerged as a leading cultural European city, with plenty of urban charm. Here’s why Serbia’s capital should be next on your must-experience list. The history The indelible mark of Belgrade’s turbulent history is strewn across […]

9 other great restaurants in Copenhagen

9 other great restaurants in Copenhagen

Whilst reading an entertaining piece on this very blog regarding the ‘Top foodie cities in Europe’, I was delighted by the appearance of an Italian city (Bologna), amongst the likes of London and San Sebastian but struck by the absence of what I consider to be one of the best foodie cities in the world: Copenhagen. […]

Piran view from city walls

7 recommended stops for luxury travellers in Slovenia

Consider scenic Slovenia for your next summer getaway. Pick a bunchful of “cherries” to top your travel kremsnita (cream cake)! Much positive feedback from visitors convinced us to spend a leisurely fortnight in this small country of breathtaking beauty. As Slovenia does not cover a large region, criss-crossing the beautiful countryside and coastal areas was […]

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