Category: Western Europe

Begur Costa Brava Sa Tuna

Beautiful Begur: Spain’s secret jewels

Beautiful Begur is where you will find some of the best beaches and coves that the Costa Brava has to offer. Imagine crystalline waters, embraced by verdant green pines, that dig their roots into the cliff face. Their aroma is seductive, as you explore the spectacular surroundings of this chichi Catalan town. Cast your eyes […]

10 lakeshore villas for an unforgettable Spring getaway

10 lakeshore villas for an unforgettable Spring getaway

Spring is round the corner and, as the days get longer and the temperatures warmer, it is the perfect time of the year to plan a vacation by the lake. From Lazio to Tuscany to the lake region in Lombardy, Italy has a lot to offer when it comes to historical lakeshore properties, all of […]

5 of the world's most romantic private islands available for hire

5 of the world’s most romantic private islands available for hire

Existing in isolation from the rest of the world, private islands are, by their very nature, romantic. Think white beaches, glittering turquoise seas, and total seclusion from the rest of the world. But there are some getaways which, through superior service or their truly exceptional location, offer the ultimate romantic break for two. So pour […]

A safe and undisturbed haven for the solo woman

A safe and undisturbed haven for the solo woman

The mountain town of San Candido is the perfect base camp for a solo woman to conquer the imposing UNESCO Dolomites or the soft green valleys that lie at their feet. What better way is there to savor the beauty, the silence and the fragrance of all that surrounds you? What time to leave, when […]

The 10 best day trips from Rome

The 10 best day trips from Rome

There’s so much to see in Rome that you could easily spend a week or two just wandering the streets and visiting countless churches, museums and ruins. But if you feel like getting out of the city – and if you’re there in the height of the summer, you will – you don’t need to […]

Style, adventure and Summer fun in Davos Klosters

Style, adventure and Summer fun in Davos Klosters

Davos and the World Economic Forum have become synonymous – when you mention Davos, the WEF comes to mind, and the other way round – to the benefit of both! But it is also limiting to both. WEF is (hopefully!) much more than skiing-in-Davos, and, Davos (definitely!) offers much more than the annual WEF Conference. […]

Diamond Delxue Hotel Kos Peruzzi a la carte restaurant

Where to find exquisite Greek island adult-only 5-star luxury

Escape to an exquisite, glamorous, idyllic 5-star hideaway, where the sea is so close that you can hear the sound of the waves. This gorgeous Greek island, adult-only luxury resort blends inspired architecture harmoniously with the natural environment. Wake up in the morning to see the endless blue of the crystalline Aegean Sea, in a […]

Mountain dining with views at Le Signal

Top 6 mountain restaurants in the Alps

One of the joys of a day’s skiing is a well deserved lunch at a restaurant on the mountain. Usually you’ve built up a good appetite and are ready for a re-fuelling stop. I’ve very rarely been disappointed but obviously some establishments are better than others. Here are six of my favourites. Le Signal, Val d’Isere, […]

The best ways to beat the crowds at The Vatican

The best ways to beat the crowds at The Vatican

Due to the “rock star” popularity of Pope Francis, the Vatican is becoming increasingly popular for tourists and pilgrims alike. Vatican City is expecting 50 million visitors over the course of the year in honor of the Jubilee which started in December 2015.  Here are my insider tips to avoid the crowds and queues and […]

Top 3 romantic destinations for 2016

Top 3 romantic destinations for 2016

So the mayhem of Valentine’s Day is over but why does romance only have to take place one month a year? Surely romance should happen all year round, especially as travelling can be one of the greatest joys to experience together. Eclectic cities like Paris and Rome are synonymous with love and romance and the […]

Top 5 reasons to discover South Tyrol

Top 5 reasons to discover South Tyrol

Where is this place you may ask? And not an easy question to answer! On the map we are in Italy but to the locals we are in Tyrol which is an Austrian region. The official language is German but a dialect is the most spoken. So, we are international? Or maybe lost in this […]

Top 5 ultimate London sleepover experiences for children

Top 5 ultimate London sleepover experiences for children

The chance to take a trip to London is, for many children, a dream come true. By day, blustery rides on red open-top buses, the chance to see guards stood like tin soldiers outside Buckingham Palace and hearing Big Ben chime are all part of the mythical appeal of the city. But unknown to most, […]

4K photography - so easy that even a child can do it!

4K photography – so easy that even a child can do it!

If you’re a regular reader you’ll have seen me posting about 4K photography a few times over the last few months. If you’re new here, here’s a very quick summary – 4K photography is when you shoot in HD video, and the quality is such that you can pick out a single frame and yet […]

My latest challenge: running at least 10K every day throughout 2016

My latest challenge: running at least 10K every day throughout 2016

I have never been a particularly good runner but it’s something I enjoy doing and I’ve run a handful of marathons over the years (nothing particularly fast so don’t be too impressed!). This year, though, is a little different. I have set myself a running challenge that will really test me: to run at least […]

4K photography with the National Trust

4K photography with the National Trust

At the weekend I visited our local National Trust property, Sizergh Castle, to seek out some 4K photography opportunities with my trusty Panasonic LUMIX GX8 camera. (If you want to win one of these cameras for yourself, incidentally - worth over £1,000 - make sure you head over to this post.) Sizergh Castle lies out the outskirts […]

What's it like to fly the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced drone?

What’s it like to fly the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced drone?

A drone has to be one of the ultimate gadgets nowadays so you can imagine my delight when I got to trial the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced drone recently. DJI, if you haven’t heard of them already, are comfortably the market leaders when it comes to drones, controlling around 70% of the global market, and […]

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