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The secrets of how to order coffee in Italy

You may or may not be aware of the importance of coffee in Italian culture. The locals embrace every cup of coffee – drinking it is an enjoyable and relaxing moment to enjoy the flavour and smell of the coffee, with friends or family or during a quick coffee break (‘una pausa‘). But do you […]

Delicious drives in Spain: Morella to Peñsicola, via Vilafamés

Delicious drives in Spain: Morella to Peñsicola, via Vilafamés

Recently I teamed up with Hertz to explore some of Spain’s most beautiful towns, as part of the Delicious Drives series. This remarkable route includes a town where Game of Thrones was filmed, which also used to be a Papal Residence, an inland town with stunning views that was re-constructed by artists and an incredibly […]

Edinburgh's best child-friendly restaurants and cafes

Edinburgh’s best child-friendly restaurants and cafes

Dining out with children, especially when on holiday and in a foreign city, is not always easy and is can be stressful wondering if your whole family will find a welcome. But don’t worry, we are here to give you Edinburgh’s best child-friendly restaurants and cafes. And we guarantee not one will be a touristy […]

Cisco the Mussel Professor Musclarium Delta de l'Ebre

Delicious drives in Spain: The Delta de l’Ebre to Els Ports Natural Park

After our first Delicious Drive with Hertz, we continued north, heading into the south of Catalonia, to discover the magical landscape of the Delta de l’Ebre Natural Park. The setting has attracted film crews, including Sahara and U2 for Vertigo. Catalonia’s second largest wetlands has been a protected space since 1983. Driving down its narrow […]

Food at Chevre d'Or, Eze, France

6 top restaurants of the French Riviera

One of the highlights of a French Riviera luxury vacation is travelling slowly down the coast from Menton to Saint Tropez, revelling in the astonishing cuisine of the region and dining in some of the world’s finest restaurants. A luxury yacht charter along the glittering Cote d’Azur is the ultimate foodie experience, as you dine […]

Desierto de las Palmas views and food

Delicious drives in Spain: Valencia to Desierto de las Palmas, via Benicassim

I teamed up with Hertz recently to explore some stunning routes that are off the typical tourist trail here in Spain. These special experiences capture the essence of the gastronomy of the areas featured, all embraced by spectacular surroundings. Breathtaking views, fun adventures and delicious foodie offerings were thoroughly enjoyed on this road trip. Our […]

Delicious drives in the UK: The Lake District to Lancaster, via Ullswater

Delicious drives in the UK: The Lake District to Lancaster, via Ullswater

On the third and final day of my road trip around Cumbria, it was time to return my rental car to Hertz, but not before I’d done a little more exploring first. Having driven over Wrynose Pass the previous day, my plan was to take the vehicle over another of the Lake District’s famous routes – the Kirkstone […]

Delicious drives in the UK: Cartmel Peninsula to the Lake District, via Furness

Delicious drives in the UK: Cartmel Peninsula to the Lake District, via Furness

On the second day of my ‘delicious drive’ with Hertz, I drove further along the A590 to the market town of Ulverston – the birthplace of Stan Laurel of Laurel & Hardy fame and home to a Laurel & Hardy Museum – before before bearing left and following the coast road in the direction of […]

Delicious drives in the UK: Lancaster to the Cartmel Peninsula, via Kendal

Delicious drives in the UK: Lancaster to the Cartmel Peninsula, via Kendal

Cumbria isn’t one of the easiest counties to get around if you don’t have your own transport. Not only is it the third largest county in England, but it is also the second most sparsely populated, meaning that most things tend to be a drive away. The county is far easier than many people realise […]

Elegant evenings in Vienna: Fete Imperiale

5 of the most elegant evenings in Vienna

If you can’t spruce yourself up in Vienna, where else could you? While Austria’s capital boasts tons of old-world-glamour, the idea of true elegance often stops at the individual. Consequently, a few less savvy visitors stick out in elegant evening wear among a crowd of casual locals attending a concert or opera. Here are five occasions your […]

Chamonix in full summer bloom

Tour de France 2017 – the best place to stay in the Alps

Here’s my idea of heaven, two weeks in Chamonix, in the summer, with my bike and with the Tour de France for company. This year’s edition of the Tour de France pays two visits to the Alps, July 8th & 9th, after which the race then departs for the Dordogne, to return on the 19th […]

5 of the best boutique hotels in Salento, Italy

5 of the best boutique hotels in Salento, Italy

Dont travel to Salento searching for Four Seasons or Mandarin Oriental Hotels, as you wont find them. Salento is all about boutique hotels, family run businesses and authentic experiences far from the madding crowd. It is all about simplicity and slow-living. I have traveled through white-washed villages and extensive olive groves to find 5 of […]

6 of the world's most spectacular sunsets

6 of the world’s most spectacular sunsets

There are few things in life as simultaneously relaxing, exhilarating and life-affirming as watching a magnificent sunset. That small period of time when day turns into night provides so many special travelling moments. But these sunsets rise above the rest. They’re bona fide bucket-list material. How many have you been to? Would you recommend any […]

The 6 most relaxing spa retreats in the Alps

The 6 most relaxing spa retreats in the Alps

In today’s fast and ever-changing world, finding some time to relax is key. If you are looking to recharge your batteries and regain inner peace, the next step is figuring out the best place to go. For myself, I can’t imagine something more relaxing than enjoying the features of a high-class spa. In this article, […]

Some of the best beaches in Provence

Some of the best beaches in Provence

One of the many reasons I love Provence (and there are lots!) is the easy accessibility of some of the most beautiful beaches in France. With so many to choose from a brief rundown of some of the best seemed to be in order. If I’ve missed any of your favourites do let me know […]

9 top tips for seeing a different side of Barcelona

9 top tips for seeing a different side of Barcelona

Barcelona. Everyone thinks they know everything about you, but you have so much more to offer, besides all the typical attractions. Here you can see some of the best non-touristy secrets of Barcelona and get some insider tips to get a more ‘local’ feel for Barcelona. 1. Palau Robert Gardens These beautiful gardens are just […]

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