Category: Western Europe

5 great restaurants in Auvergne, central France

5 great restaurants in Auvergne, central France

Auvergne is getting a lot more attention at the moment, partly due to Lonely Planet putting the region on one of its must visit lists for 2016. There are many reasons to explore this tranquil, scenic area full of Bourbon history and dormant volcanoes, and it is becoming a popular place to stop on the […]

Short stay: Best Western Beaumont Hotel, Hexham, Northumberland, UK

Short stay: Best Western Beaumont Hotel, Hexham, Northumberland, UK

For a recent sailing weekend at Derwent Reservoir, we stayed at the Best Western Beaumont Hotel in the Northumberland market town of Hexham. We’d often passed Hexham travelling from Cumbria to the north-east along the A69, but rarely had much time to spend there. Previously awarded the title of ‘England’s favourite market town’ in Country […]

Half-term and horrifying Halloween highlights in Paris

Half-term and horrifying Halloween highlights in Paris

Half term and Halloween is a great moment to come visit Paris. You might not see a lot of children trick or treating in the streets of the French capital on 31st October at night, but All Saints Day is a celebration day in France as well. During this time, locals usually go to cemeteries and […]

6 of the best places to eat gelato in Rome

6 of the best places to eat gelato in Rome

When you’re craving gelato on a hot day in Rome, anything cold will do. But some gelato is definitely better than others – avoid any gelateria where the gelato is piled up high, in shades of neon blue and lime green, and look out for places which use fresh, seasonal ingredients. There’s plenty of good […]

Top 5 must-try culinary experiences in Rome

Top 5 must-try culinary experiences in Rome

After much archaeological explorations and piazza perusing, food is on the top of the list for every traveler to Rome. Food tourism in the eternal city is an educational and cultural activity in its own right. It is an experience that allows you to savor the city’s age old traditions, all the while providing you […]

5 of the best pintxos bars in San Sebastian

5 of the best pintxos bars in San Sebastian

One of the highlights of our latest trip to Spain was our time in San Sebastián and, more specifically, our pintxos tour with Iñigo Tames (highly recommended) from San Sebastián Food, a culinary enterprise based in the basement of the Hotel Maria Cristina where we stayed. Pintxos – if you’re not already familiar – is […]

The holiday home industry's answer to the Michelin Guide

The holiday home industry’s answer to the Michelin Guide

We are all familiar with the Michelin Guide which recognises select establishments for their culinary prowess. What started as a general motorists’ guide to help sell more tyres actually evolved into something much grander. By focussing on only the very best restaurants, the Michelin Red Guide quickly became the authority on all things dining. Now […]

6 things to do in Berlin for architecture and art lovers

6 things to do in Berlin for architecture and art lovers

Germany is one of the favorite tourist destinations in the world and one of the favorite places to visit is Berlin. Berlin is known for its rich history and it remains one of the top destinations for lovers of modern art. The most vibrant part of Berlin history happened in the 1920s when the world […]

Photograph of the week: The historical centre of Ghent, Belgium

Photograph of the week: The historical centre of Ghent, Belgium

Seen here is the historical centre of Ghent, with the famous Saint Nicholas’ Church and Belfry of Ghent in the distance. Ghent is one of the most beautiful destinations in Belgium and the city comes complete with stunning old architecture, fantastic and romantic restaurants, and plenty of historic places to visit. This particular view was […]

4 reasons to choose a reverse ski weekend

4 reasons to choose a reverse ski weekend

Taking a ‘reverse ski weekend’ is a great way to enjoy some of the most luxurious hotels, chalets and activities in ski resorts at a more affordable price. A reverse ski weekend is different from a ‘regular’ ski weekend because instead of travelling on the usual days – out on a Thursday and back on […]

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The best places to visit in Greece for an Autumn break

Summer in the UK may well be over, but there are still plenty of places nearby where you can soak up some rays. Greece is an excellent place to visit in Autumn; in fact, many prefer to visit at this time of year. There is plenty to see and do in Greece, from visiting historical […]

Europe's top 6 luxury chalets

Europe’s top 6 luxury chalets

As the first leaves turn red and yellow and the cooler breezes announce the arrival of the fall, it is time to start thinking about your winter holidays. If you enjoy skiing, snowboarding, and relaxing in a stunning natural environment, the following chalets are perfect to unwind and have fun this coming winter. The Lodge, […]

The 5 most amazing town-to-town hikes in Italy

The 5 most amazing town-to-town hikes in Italy

Hiking trails of every length and difficulty crisscross Italy, but we didn’t pick the walks below with backpackers in mind. We’re recommending these town-to- town hikes for active travelers who enjoy slow travel. Walk through medieval towns and fields of sunflowers, and enjoy countryside vistas, then arrive at a fantastic hotel and sleep on crisp […]

The chic, the challenge or the change? The top 3 European ski towns for this Winter

The chic, the challenge or the change? The top 3 European ski towns for this Winter

The summer sun may be setting over Europe as winter slowly creeps up on us, but the opulence of the continent is evergreen. The sun loungers of Sicily are being swapped for the ski fields of Veneto as the season of sun, snow and the seductive high life begins. But where can you find the […]

5 of the UK's most unique 5-star properties

5 of the UK’s most unique 5-star properties

Tired of the same old hotels and accommodation? Unbeknown to many, the UK is home to a huge selection of self-catering properties (or vacation rentals to those of you in the US or Down Under), many of which are in a league of their own when it comes down to quality. Cottage agency Sykes Cottages, […]

Head to Edinburgh and discover 6 talents you didn't know you had

Head to Edinburgh and discover 6 talents you didn’t know you had

As Autumn draws near and the sun sets earlier each day, it’s a great time to think about replacing walks in the park, or al fresco dining, with using the early evenings to discover a talent you didn’t know you had. Edinburgh is home to some of the best and most unusual learning experiences. Cook like […]

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