Category: Western Europe

Shipwreck beach sunset Zakynthos Island Greece

14 breathtakingly beautiful Greek islands

At the delicate age of 13, I visited the Greek islands for the first time in my life. I have never recovered from the experience, nor do I want to! The breathtaking natural beauty, that typical blend of bright white and azure blue that embellishes so many of the buildings, the curious, friendly Greek people, […]

How to make the most of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

How to make the most of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

The Edinburgh Fringe can be fun and frustration in equal measures and the trick to emphasising the one over the other is by judiciously pacing your day to embrace the less frenetic side of Edinburgh. Explore Edinburgh’s closes At a time of year when every corner is stage, it’s a good time to take advantage […]

Outdoor pool at chalet dalmore

Top 3 luxe chalets in Chamonix with private pools for Summer

There’s something special about the mountains in the Summer months, it’s a world away from the Winter wonderland of the ski season. The Winter months are dominated by the white of the snow that coats everything it falls on, like icing on a cake. The snow melts and reveals the lush greens of the Alpine […]

London: old and new

6 old-new sojourns in London

London has often taken the No. 1 position as the most popular tourist city in the whole wide world: so many sights to see, so many things to do, so many adventures to experience. One of the interesting phenomena to observe in this big city, is the highly successful combination of old and new architecture. […]

6 spectacular places to visit on the Amalfi Coast

6 spectacular places to visit on the Amalfi Coast

Italy has no shortage of breathtaking destinations, but the Amalfi Coast is without a doubt one of the most magical places in the country. John Steinbeck wrote that “Positano bites deep; it is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you’ve gone”. To experience the dreamlike […]

Special feature: Skandika Hurricane 12 tent

Special feature: Skandika Hurricane 12 tent

I know camping is far from many people’s idea of luxury, but that’s not the way we see it. On the contrary, camping provides the perfect opportunity to be at one with nature – arguably a luxury in itself – and gives families the ideal opportunity to spend quality time together, often away from the […]

6 things to do on the Aeolian Islands of Vulcano and Lipari

6 things to do on the Aeolian Islands of Vulcano and Lipari

The Aeolian Islands located in the Tyrrhenian Sea consists of seven beautiful islands that have a “Y-shaped” configuration when viewed from the sky. The islands include Stromboli, Vulcano, Alicudi, Filicudi, Panarea, Lipari, and Salina. They are collectively called the “seven pearls of the Mediterranean” and according to history, they were named The Aeolian Islands after […]

What's it like to use the DJI Osmo?

What’s it like to use the DJI Osmo?

Let’s start with a disclaimer – I’m completely inexperienced when it comes to shooting video. There, I said it. I enjoy taking photographs and have worked alongside a number of different camera brands, but video is something I’ve always tended to avoid, largely because I feel that it’s something that, if it’s not done well, […]

5 Summer music events not to miss on Mallorca

5 Summer music events not to miss on Mallorca

Plastic ponchos or umbrellas may be a wise precaution for anyone attending outdoor music events this summer in parts of northern Europe but, on Mallorca, you’ll be soaking up only culture under the stars. With balmy evening temperatures, a relaxed ambience, and some stunning locations, the Spanish island certainly lends itself to some alfresco entertainment. […]

Special feature: Elounda Gulf Villas & Suites, Elounda, Crete, Greece

Special feature: Elounda Gulf Villas & Suites, Elounda, Crete, Greece

Equidistant from Europe, Asia and Africa, Greece’s largest island is 260 kilometres long and anything from 12 to 56 kilometres wide. It is mountainous in parts and offers huge variations in both landscape and climate. Welcome to the island of Crete where olive groves and vineyards are interspersed with short mountain ranges, and where the north of […]

21 reasons why Costa Navarino is the best resort we've ever seen

21 reasons why Costa Navarino is the best resort we’ve ever seen

If you happen to know anyone who works in travel, then you’ll know that they always seem to be jetting off left, right and centre – touring the globe, staying in countless hotels and discovering new places. We recently embarked on one such adventure to Costa Navarino in the Peloponnese region of Southern Greece – […]

Suite of the week: Portovenere Junior Suite, Grand Hotel Portovenere, Portovenere, Liguria, Italy

Suite of the week: Portovenere Junior Suite, Grand Hotel Portovenere, Portovenere, Liguria, Italy

Suite name: Portovenere Junior Suite Location: Grand Hotel Portovenere, Portovenere, Liguria, Italy Size of accommodation: Approximately 50 sq m Cost per night: From 470 euros (double occupancy) Who’s stayed there? Actress Audrey Tatou, Singer Patti Smith and football player Fernando LLorente. What makes it special: The breathtaking views of Portovenere’s colorful historic centre, picturesque marina and Palmaria Island. The Portovenere Junior […]

European river cruises are both dreamy and haunting

European river cruises are both dreamy and haunting

Cruising European rivers on a longboat, which is actually a floating five-star hotel, is an increasingly popular way to experience Europe. The convenience of unpacking once, time to explore port villages seldom mentioned in history books, and maximizing experiential time, cruises give travelers the gift of lingering and wandering. On a Viking cruise from Amsterdam […]

Megeve Tour De France

Where to watch the Tour de France in the Alps

The Tour de France, arguably the world’s greatest sporting event, has had a fascination with the mountains for more than 100 years. In the third edition of the fledgling sporting event in 1905, the mountains made their first appearance, leading one competitor to call the race organisers ‘murderers’ at the top of one brutal climb. […]

Edinburgh's cafes with the best views

Edinburgh’s cafes with the best views

With its seven hills, ancient buildings and position on the Forth, Edinburgh is a city known for its views and vistas. From each hill across the city you can see far and wide and for many people the highlight of a visit is a trip to the top of Arthur’s Seat – Edinburgh’s very own […]

5 vineyard villas ideal for wine lovers

5 vineyard villas ideal for wine lovers

While some enjoy spending their holidays in the quietness of the mountains and others prefer hearing the waves breaking on the beach, to wine lovers there is no better place for a retreat than in the middle of rolling hills and beautiful vineyards. From Spain to South Africa, through Italy and France, some very impressive […]

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