Category: Western Europe

Paris is magic at Christmas: a special tour to spellbind your kids!

Paris is magic at Christmas: a special tour to spellbind your kids!

When winter sets in and Christmas fast approaches, Paris gets dressed up with millions of lights and sparkling colours. Christmas trees pop up everywhere and merry music can be heard drifting on the evening air. Adults and children alike will love the magical atmosphere all around. If you are still looking for an exceptional Christmas […]

4 unique ideas for your next visit to Madrid

4 unique ideas for your next visit to Madrid

If you are visiting Madrid for the first time, or have been many times before and are looking to do something different, then we hope this will give you some inspiration. Whether you’ve a head for heights or prefer to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground, there is something here to lure you […]

10 of the best places to stay in Europe for couples

10 of the best places to stay in Europe for couples

If you’re looking to get away somewhere special with your significant other, then look no further. Here we’ve rounded up 10 of the best places in Europe to while away some time with the one you love.  There’s something here to appeal to all couples – everything from heavenly hotels to some gorgeous glamping, and […]

Choux shopping in Paris - 5 of the best addresses

Choux shopping in Paris – 5 of the best addresses

As in fashion, trends move fast in the food world. Sex and the City made cupcakes cool. But, like scrunchies, gladiator sandals and low-waisted jeans, they quickly went by the wayside. Cupcakes were replaced by macarons, which were replaced by whoopee pies, which were replaced by cake pops. Now it seems that artfully decorated éclairs […]

The 5 best restaurants in Verbier

The 5 best restaurants in Verbier

Verbier is one of the world’s premier ski resorts and as a result the dining options here are varied and exciting. Whether you’re looking for local specialities, innovatively developed, or something more along traditional gourmet lines there are options in and around the resort for everyone. As a taster of what’s on offer, here are […]

Special feature: Sheen Falls Lodge, Kenmare, Ireland

Special feature: Sheen Falls Lodge, Kenmare, Ireland

We have just returned from Ireland where we spent the week at the five star Sheen Falls Lodge hotel on the outskirts of Kenmare, County Kerry. Rather than staying in the hotel itself, we were in one of the hotel’s ‘villa rental’ properties, known as Little Hay Cottage. This thatched, two-bedroomed property gives you the […]

5 great European short breaks by private jet

5 great European short breaks by private jet

There’s a saying; ‘It’s not the destination, it’s the journey getting there’ – but with a short break by private jet, you truly can have the best of both worlds. Weekends away often sound appealing, but when you have factored in travelling time, antisocial airline timetables and queues, you find that it can take a day […]

5 of the most scenic car-free bike paths in Europe

5 of the most scenic car-free bike paths in Europe

Cycling is considered one of the best ways to experience a new place. You’re out and about, you can enjoy the fresh air and you get to see all the sights. That being said, not all bike routes are created equal. For the less experienced cyclist, avoiding traffic is always a plus. Here are the […]

The best Sherry house in Spain?

The best Sherry house in Spain?

Considering that the Jerez D.O. (denominacion de origen) title was the very first designated in Spain, and that even before then Sherry was already internationally popular for centuries, you might expect that by now there would be some very fine bottles of the stuff in production. The process of making this fortified wine has indeed […]

5 activities you never thought to try in Paris

5 activities you never thought to try in Paris

When filling out your itinerary for your trip to Paris, the major sights and museums will inevitably end up on your list. But why not do something out of the box, something that will have your friends saying “you can do THAT in Paris?!” Here are five ways to make your friends jealous and your […]

Recipe of the week: Crispy ham hock with pea and mint mousse

Recipe of the week: Crispy ham hock with pea and mint mousse

They say that every cloud has a silver lining, and one of the few positive things to come out of these straitened economic times is a rediscovery of many of the cheap but tasty cuts of meat. Such meat often requires a little more effort – which costs nothing, of course – but rewards you […]

5 tips to using TripAdvisor to find a restaurant in Italy

5 tips to using TripAdvisor to find a restaurant in Italy

You are on vacation in Italy, and want to find a great restaurant in which to enjoy a great meal. You turn to TripAdvisor to help you locate a place, but are faced with wading through dozens of options. How do you find the perfect place without spending hours on line doing research? I use TripAdvisor, […]

Holiday like royalty in Europe

Holiday like royalty in Europe

Location is everything. So if you want to enjoy the royal lifestyle why not start by choosing the right spot. We don’t think it gets any better than staying in a palace formerly owned by a prince.  Perched high on a rocky promontory overlooking the Cote d’Azur is the very regal Château Eza. Now transformed into a […]

4 simple steps to cheaper hotel rates, with TravelPony

4 simple steps to cheaper hotel rates, with TravelPony

There’s a new social hotel booking site on the scene that’s well worth a look.  TravelPony was launched just a few months ago and offers a new way to search for hotel deals.  Competitive pricing is the order of the day here and rates can be anything between 10%-70% below those of the major travel […]

7 of the best things to do in Mykonos

7 of the best things to do in Mykonos

Greek mythology has it that the demi-god Hercules on one of his adventures defeated and buried several giants, which turned into what is today the island of Mykonos. And that, ladies and gents, is how the island of Mykonos was formed!! Mythological stories aside, this small island off the coast of Greece is worth a […]

Top 5 Eastern Mediterranean destinations

Top 5 Eastern Mediterranean destinations

The Eastern Mediterranean continues to increase in popularity and with a superb range of destinations to choose from, it’s certainly not hard to see why.  The region encompasses a wide range of areas including the stunningly beautiful location of Italy and Croatia along the Adriatic coastline and of course the ever beautiful Greek Islands.  When […]

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