Category: Western Europe

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 […]

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 […]

No kids allowed - holidaying in Europe after the school holidays

No kids allowed – holidaying in Europe after the school holidays

We come to the end of yet another peak holiday season and, as school term-time starts again, it’s finally time for the adults to plan their own great escape. But, with so many options to choose from, where should you go? Follow our top tips for some utterly blissful holiday escapes – without the children. […]

Where are the best places to visit in Autumn?

Where are the best places to visit in Autumn?

For many destinations, Autumn is by far the best time of year to visit. Take the Middle East, for example; the temperatures during the day decrease to a more comfortable level, making Oman with its rugged coastline and Abu Dhabi with its glamorous hotels and beach-resorts ideal for the Autumn months. Must stays: Six Senses […]

5 international festivals to enjoy in the cooler seasons

5 international festivals to enjoy in the cooler seasons

After months of Summer loving, the brisk shivers of Autumn and Winter greet us harshly. The warm sun slips away and the once lively leaves fall to the ground. But whip out your gloves and puffer jackets because the fun has yet to cease. Here are 5 fantastic festivals from around the world that make […]

5 reasons to visit Bassano del Grappa, Italy

5 reasons to visit Bassano del Grappa, Italy

Bassano del Grappa is a beautiful, but little known Italian town with wonderful Palladian architecture, a special place in the local history, and unique foods and wines. Located in the province of Vicenza in the Veneto region, the city lies at the foothills of the Prealps, where Brenta river emerges from the southern end of […]

Top 5 coastal bike rides in Europe

Top 5 coastal bike rides in Europe

There is something special about biking along the coast. Maybe it is the refreshing salty breeze keeping you cool, the sunlight sparkling like diamonds on the vast blue sea, or the possibility of a refreshing dip when the ride is done. Europe has the most gorgeous biking locations in world, and this includes some fantastic […]

6 spectacular places to stay in Scotland

6 spectacular places to stay in Scotland

Scotland’s immense beauty is reason alone to visit, never mind extras like whisky trails, world-class golfing, the fairy pools of Skye, or actual castles in the sky.  Luxury accommodations are as varied as the country’s landscape, with properties to match your preference whether you lean toward urban hotels, rural hunting lodges, tiny inns, or private […]

A new luxury micro- and mini-bikini brand from Barcelona: BE YOU MINI

A new luxury micro- and mini-bikini brand from Barcelona: BE YOU MINI

Born in Barcelona in 2013, as a the result of a long family tradition of custom tailoring, BE YOU MINI is a new, luxury, micro- and mini-bikini brand distinguished by its minimalism, luxury and exclusivity. It is not only elegance and minimalism, it’s a range of new sensations for women. Feeling confident and sexy is […]

Miss Saigon returns to London

Miss Saigon returns to London

Rumours of a return to London for Miss Saigon have been around for several years now and so it is fitting that the 25th anniversary of its world Premier in London should be marked by a new production and a return to London’s West End and the Prince Edward Theatre in Soho. Film rights were released […]

Recipe of the week: Roast grouse with blackberries and port jus

Recipe of the week: Roast grouse with blackberries and port jus

The grouse season in the UK opened on the 12th August and right now you can find some of the best grouse in the market because the birds are still young enough to offer a deliciously tender meat. The breast of grouse is the most tender part; it is rich and is scented with the […]

6 ultimate romantic luxury experiences

6 ultimate romantic luxury experiences

If you’re travelling with that special someone, then you deserve to stay somewhere exceptional. Whether honeymooning or a new couple, time away together provides a way to cement your relationship, pamper your partner and create memories which will last a lifetime. Romance does though mean different things to different people. Here’s my pick of the […]

MappLore: a useful mapping app for your travels

MappLore: a useful mapping app for your travels

I recently tested the MappLore app, available on the iPhone and iPad.  It’s very simple and easy to use, but with practical applications for travellers also. There’s also a very useful YouTube video that runs through it all in a nutshell and is a useful starting point, but here’s a written explanation of how it […]

5 favourite music festivals on Mallorca

5 favourite music festivals on Mallorca

Culture may not be something you immediately associate with Mallorca, but the Spanish island has a thriving cultural scene – including art, ballet, opera, and music of every genre. There are several annual music festivals, each comprising a series of concerts over a certain period. These range from the intimate weekly open-air jazz concerts of […]

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