Category: Western Europe

Re-discovering my Cornish roots and 8 top tips for a Cornwall trip of your own

Re-discovering my Cornish roots and 8 top tips for a Cornwall trip of your own

Being half Cornish it would be fair to say I spent a fair amount of my childhood holidays in Cornwall, but only in the past few days have I really discovered it.  My parents have said it was clearly a waste of time to take a young child to all the beautiful places that I’ve visited […]

3 of the top villa and boat combinations to get the best out of the Greek islands

3 of the top villa and boat combinations to get the best out of the Greek islands

The Greek islands have long been a popular destination; here many people opt for either a villa or boat, but our suggestion is that you try combining the two, to enable you to get the most out of your Greek island experience. Here are our top 3 choices for a combined villa and boat holiday […]

A perfect romantic break in the center of Amsterdam

A perfect romantic break in the center of Amsterdam

With its serpentine canals, sprawling parks and artist’s heart, Amsterdam provides an effortless backdrop to romance. The city’s Conservatorium Hotel is just the spot to cocoon in sensory splendor, while remaining mere steps from the city’s famed museums, designer shops, and bohemian cafes. Built in the 19th Century, with incarnations as both a bank and […]

3 romantic, historic Irish castle hotels

3 romantic, historic Irish castle hotels

In Ireland we have a saying, which translates into English as: “A Hundred Thousand Welcomes” – Céad Mile Fáilte! This is a saying that is an integral part of the personality of many Irish people; we love to welcome visitors, to know that you have a good time and enjoy the offerings of our small, […]

Recipe of the week: Wild sea bass with baby fennel, capers and lemon

Recipe of the week: Wild sea bass with baby fennel, capers and lemon

Wild sea bass is recommended for this dish. It is more expensive than from the farm but it is worthwhile going that extra mile. The sea bass that are found in the English Channel are the best in the chef’s opinion – they are very tasty, flaky and have an amazing texture. This is a […]

Escape to Estepona: legacy luxury on the Costa del Sol

Escape to Estepona: legacy luxury on the Costa del Sol

Ah… wonderful Spain.  My affinity with this country runs deep, with part of my soul residing in beloved Madrilenian haunts, the wilds of the rich Andalusian hills and the chatter of evenings with olives. With the eyes of the world on Spain’s economic crisis, the strength (and importance) in its own identity continues to resound.  Even […]

10 of the most popular travel videos of all time

10 of the most popular travel videos of all time

Here we’ve compiled a round-up of 10 of the most popular official tourist board videos to be found on YouTube.  We won’t claim to have identified them all, but hopefully we’ve picked out most of them. If you know of others, please let us know in the comments and perhaps we can do a follow-up […]

Top 10 cycle rides in Europe

Top 10 cycle rides in Europe

I thought I’d take a few minutes to share some of my favorite rides that I’ve experienced recently. And although I may be revealing some secrets by rating these as my top 10, nothing quite compares to actually riding these routes and experiencing them yourself. So while I may be divulging the ‘where’ and some […]

And the most Blue Flag beaches in Italy can be found in...

And the most Blue Flag beaches in Italy can be found in…

The region of Liguria in north-west Italy, otherwise known as the ‘Italian Riviera’, has the most Blue Flag beaches of any region in Italy, following two new entries for 2013. The crescent shaped region between the French Riviera and Tuscany now has 20 Blue Flag beaches, allowing it to retain its title of having the […]

The best high-end vegetarian restaurants in Berlin

The best high-end vegetarian restaurants in Berlin

Germany – admittedly – is a big meat eating culture. Traditional German cuisine is heavy on the Fleisch (German for meat), especially pork. If you don’t eat meat (or want an easy version of eating kosher while traveling) it can sometimes be hard to find good restaurants. Many travelers tired of the token veggie pasta […]

Shop and stop in style in Palma de Mallorca

Shop and stop in style in Palma de Mallorca

Island capital Palma de Mallorca is renowned for its luxurious shops, with top international brands such as Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss, Cartier, Loewe, Carolina Herrera, and Pinko all having stores here. Mulberry and Michal Negrin also recently opened their first boutiques in Spain in this elegant waterfront capital. Shop… The best shopping streets are the […]

5 of the world's top sports experiences

5 of the world’s top sports experiences

Are you a sports enthusiast? Here we’ve compiled 5 of the ultimate sports experiences to be enjoyed from across the globe. In the multi-billion dollar sports industry, these sporting events are the world’s greatest. Imagine the envy of your friends when you tell them you’re experiencing these sports events from the stands… The Master’s PGA […]

14 vineyards worth visiting

14 vineyards worth visiting

A few years ago South African friends of ours introduced us to some rather lovely South African wines, thankfully just before we re-visited the country for our honeymoon.  It has rather started a habit of seeking out a vineyard to visit whenever we’re on holiday.  We’ve been nicely surprised with some UK ones too!  We […]

A luxury hotel room in a 20-foot container

A luxury hotel room in a 20-foot container

Over in Antwerp there’s a unique pop-up luxury hotel using 20-foot containers. Currently based at the Rijnkaai, Sleeping Around‘s four hotel rooms are housed in containers next to the Schelde, along with a breakfast/lounge container and a sauna container. Each ‘room’ comes complete with floating box-spring bed with high quality linen, XXL Hansgrohe raindance shower […]

A gourmet guide to Rome

A gourmet guide to Rome

There are endless reasons to visit Rome, but often food is not one of them, unlike, say, Bologna or, increasingly, Puglia. It is one of my favourite cities, and where I grew up, but I am the first to admit that the constant influx of tourists means that it is only too easy to eat […]

Cycling in Savoie Mont Blanc: 1 jour, 1 col

Cycling in Savoie Mont Blanc: 1 jour, 1 col

There are 68 passes and remarkable climbs in Savoie Mont Blanc and, between 16th June and 24th August 2013, 14 of them will be dedicated to cycling and will be closed to cars in the morning, so cycling enthusiasts can practice their sport safely. Now in its third year, “1 jour, 1 col” attracts more […]

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