Category: Travel Miscellany

4 destinations to embrace the holiday spirit (rum)

4 destinations to embrace the holiday spirit (rum)

Stunning white sandy beaches, clear crystal blue waters – what better way to relax and get into the holiday spirit…..by getting into the holiday spirits!  As well as the stunning scenery, first class service, idyllic views some of our favourite island destinations seem to have one thing in common – their love of rum! Here […]

Brazil's top 5 celebrations

Brazil’s top 5 celebrations

World famous for its colourful carnivals and fabulous parties, Brazil is already preparing for the celebrations of 2016. Visitors to this diverse and fascinating country can expect flamboyant outfits bedecked with glitter and sequins, extravagant make up and endless parades of beautifully crafted floats. With carnivals taking place all over the country it can be […]

Special feature: Seasides, Weymouth, Dorset, UK

Special feature: Seasides, Weymouth, Dorset, UK

The seaside town of Weymouth has one of the best weather records in the UK with low rainfall and over 1,800 sunshine hours per year, so when the opportunity arose for our sons to take part in a national sailing competition there, we of course jumped at the opportunity. We stayed at Seasides, a self-catering […]

Javea El Arenal beach sunrise

Secrets of Spain: Javea the jewel of the Costa Blanca

Regarded by many as the jewel of the Costa Blanca, Jávea is a port town with an exclusive feel, set on a beautiful coastline, yet overlooked by an amazing mountain. Jávea has undeniably embraced tourism, yet in a far more classy way than some other towns on Spain’s famous Costas. Did you know that according […]

5 top tips for a perfect weekend in Moscow, Russia

5 top tips for a perfect weekend in Moscow, Russia

Moscow, Russia is sometimes skipped by visitors focused on the European charm of St. Petersburg. But that would be a mistake. Even if you only have a couple of days, don’t miss the vibrant blend of the old and new in Russia’s cosmopolitan capital, home to nearly 12 million. Here are my tips for a […]

How to watch the Rugby World Cup in style in London

How to watch the Rugby World Cup in style in London

It’s been a bumper Summer for Great British sport this year and this month all eyes will be on Britain once again as it hosts the 2015 Rugby World Cup. London and other cities across Britain will be welcoming the world’s rugby heavyweights for over a month of first class scrum action. But don’t worry if […]

5 luxury products not to miss when visiting Spain

5 luxury products not to miss when visiting Spain

One of Spain’s biggest attractions is its culinary culture, whether it is a family meal at home, bar hopping for tapas, or 3 star Micheline dining.  The Spaniards excel at making simple food taste extraordinary, they use quality ingredients and mix tradition with innovation to produce a finished product that in uncomplicated and delicious. There […]

Top 5 things to do for a perfect weekend in Vienna

Top 5 things to do for a perfect weekend in Vienna

Vienna is one of Europe’s most exciting capital cities. Even though the Austrian capital is enveloped in a lavish history that still defines Vienna including its legacy of architectural beauty, this city is definitely not trapped in the past. The exciting cultural scene is one of the most eclectic and progressive in the whole of […]

A rising star: Starved Rock State Park

A rising star: Starved Rock State Park

Utica, Illinois, just 90 miles from Chicago, was hovering beneath the radar except for people living within a two-hour drive. Then, the tiny town of Utica exploded on Flipkey (an offshoot of TripAdviser) besting vacation venues in Dubai, Barbados, Sri Lanka, India, Costal Africa and other well-known places. In the same time period, Utica had […]

5 things to do in Friday Harbor, WA

5 things to do in Friday Harbor, WA

Located on San Juan Island between Seattle, Victoria and Vancouver, in the heart of the Salish Sea, Friday Harbor is a small island community comprising one square mile. It’s the perfect weekend or overnight getaway. Arrive by private boat, ferry, plane, or even via whale watching cruise. Once you’re there, you will find accommodation and […]

Recipe of the week: Nalli gosht

Recipe of the week: Nalli gosht

Nalli Gosht is an exotic dish from Lucknow in Northern India – one of the most famous and delicious of Lucknow’s traditional Nihari dishes. Nihari translates to ‘morning’ in Arabic and refers to an ancient tradition among the Nawabs of the Moghul Empire who would rise at dawn for the first prayers of the day […]

Best DIY bites in Bologna

Best DIY bites in Bologna

Medieval Bologna is home to one of Europe’s best-preserved town centers, full of graceful terracotta porticos, majestic towers and landmark churches. It also has the oldest university in the western world, which almost begs to be explored via a walking tour. However, during a recent girlfriend getaway visit, I was there with just one purpose […]

Top 5 things to explore and do in Mauritius

Top 5 things to explore and do in Mauritius

Renowned for stunning beaches, amazing reefs & lagoons, Mauritius is the quintessential beach paradise for holidaymakers & the mountainous terrain of Mauritius is also ideal for outdoor types to explore the surroundings on various hiking and trekking trails. Along the Black River Gorges you’ll enjoy a diverse array of flora and fauna. Experience what more […]

Canada: the local perspective

Canada: the local perspective

Canada, as vast, wild and seemingly impenetrable as it is, presents itself as a never-ending list of incredible experiences. Yet, even if you were to return year after year for the rest of your life, chances are you’ll not tick everything off. Yes, it’s that big. So, in 2015, we turned to the local population […]

Special feature: JA Manafaru, Maldives

Special feature: JA Manafaru, Maldives

I don’t make this statement lightly when I say it is difficult to find fault with JA Manafaru. Situated at the northernmost atoll in the Maldives, this luxury island resort is about as close to perfect and as you’re ever likely to find anywhere in the world, and our first glimpse of this idyllic island […]

Three 'brasseries' on the outskirts of Paris

Three ‘brasseries’ on the outskirts of Paris

I already wrote two previous articles advising a few places to have a nice dinner or a nice lunch in Paris. Today I will mention three more. Yet, the difference this time is that they are on the outsirts of Paris. As you may know Paris is encircled by the Boulevard Périphérique. The gates of Paris are the access […]

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