Category: Western Europe

Historical cities in Belgium which are worth a visit

Historical cities in Belgium which are worth a visit

It isn’t easy these days to come up with a travel plan that satisfies our feeling of wanderlust, yet sometimes it is right there in front of us. Belgium is one of those places which is often overlooked while it has a very rich history that will certainly keep you busy for a few days […]

Sagrada Familia

The best areas in Barcelona for families

Choosing where to stay in Barcelona can feel a little daunting, given that each neighbourhood is vastly different to each other in terms of transport, general safety, and access to facilities: some of the most important factors when looking for a family holiday home. After taking all things into account, below are four of the […]

A family sailing holiday in western Scotland

A family sailing holiday in western Scotland

The coronavirus has turned the world on its head when it comes to family holidays or indeed travel of any kind. Now we are more mindful of issues such as health and hygiene, social distancing and santisation, than ever before. It is therefore perhaps quite natural that we see holidaymakers seeking isolation over city breaks, […]

Amalfi coast

Revel in la dolce vita on the Amalfi Coast

Well-known for scenery, history, cuisine and style, the famous stretch of coastline along the Amalfi Coast is blessed with warm sunshine, fascinating culture and beautiful beaches. Tracing the shoreline of this UNESCO heritage site by yacht allows full appreciation of this extraordinary destination. Not only will the views be even more spectacular, but a yacht […]

Short stay: The Duncombe Arms, Ellastone, Staffordshire, UK

Short stay: The Duncombe Arms, Ellastone, Staffordshire, UK

The Duncombe Arms shows just how far The Great British Pub has travelled. Gourmet pub classics have brought a Michelin Bib Gourmand, two AA rosettes and foodies from afar. This is no longer just a place where only locals drop by for a pint and a bite. Ten rooms in Walnut House, every one, with […]

Top 5 ski tours

Top 5 ski tours

There’s time for things to change for the better, of course, but by now, normally, most people would have already booked this winters ski trip and would be counting down the days. Despite the best guarantees that deposits will be refunded people are understandably very nervous of committing. I thought I’d share with you my […]

September in Seville - 6 reasons to visit now!

September in Seville – 6 reasons to visit now!

The nights are drawing in and the mornings are dark and misty but it is not quite time to dust off the woolly jumpers yet. A visit to Seville in late September can provide the ultimate last blast of Summer sun and we couldn’t recommend it more! Here are six reasons why you should visit […]

Short stay: New Hall Hotel and Spa, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, UK

Short stay: New Hall Hotel and Spa, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, UK

New Hall is the romantic castle, complete with water lilies floating on the moat, where you have always wanted to stay. There are more coats of arms, griffins, stone fireplaces, Norman French mottoes, crenelated towers, timber beams, cupola topped by a weather vane and mullioned-windows than you can shake a jousting lance at. Rumour has […]

Photograph of the week: A room with a view in Iceland

Photograph of the week: A room with a view in Iceland

Have you ever dreamt about sleeping under the stars or witnessing the colours of the Northern lights? Situated at the foot of Hekla volcano in the South of Iceland, about 3 hours drive from Reykjavik, ÖÖD Iceland allows its visitors to soak in the wonders of the Icelandic landscape and atmospheric spectacles. The beautiful, yet […]

The great English escape

The great English escape

You may write England off when it comes to looking for a ‘holiday’, but it is actually the perfect location for a luxurious break. This country is packed with amazing views, blue seas, tonnes of history and the finest cuisine; and I am not ashamed to say it, but I think England really does have […]

The best shopping areas in Paris

The best shopping areas in Paris

Paris – the city of love, the city of lights… and the fashion capital city of the world! Paris makes a cult and dream shopping destination for any fashion and style lover. From long established luxury houses to up and coming designer boutiques and flea markets, the French capital offers a plethora of options… and […]

Short stay: Middlethorpe Hotel and Spa, York, UK

Short stay: Middlethorpe Hotel and Spa, York, UK

The red-brick and white-sash-windows house, built in 1699, has echoes of both the grandeur of Hampton Court and Sir Christopher Wren’s elegant rebuilding of London after The Great Fire of London. Although owner Thomas Barlow’s views on architecture were influenced by his Grand Tour of Europe, Middlethorpe Hall Hotel and Spa, with its lawns and […]

Iceland in the shadow of COVID-19: A day on top of a volcano

Iceland in the shadow of COVID-19: A day on top of a volcano

The title, ‘In the shadow of COVID-19’ sounds a little ominous, don’t you think? Trust me, it’s intentional! Iceland is operating again, that’s for sure. Tourists are returning, albeit in small numbers. And people are starting to relax into everyday life. However, to say it is business as usual is simply not true. In fact, in the […]

Time to dream of tomorrow

Time to dream of tomorrow

It has been a challenging year. We may have booked our holidays and then seen our hopes scuppered thanks to the closing of borders and travel restrictions. The recent resurgence in virus outbreaks and the possibility that advice could change in an instance all but destroyed most people’s hopes of time abroad. Of course, this […]

the colours of an Ibiza holiday

The colours of Ibiza holidays

When thoughts turn to a holiday in Ibiza, you may picture its edgy nightclub scene in the heart of the resort of San Antonio. However, it’s easy to get away from 24-hour partying, and escape to the more tranquil side of this popular island. Ibiza is one of the four Spanish Balearic Islands comprising Mallorca, […]

Alonissos village

Idyllic sailing in the Greek Sporades

An archipelago of outstanding beauty, the Sporades are scattered along the eastern coast of mainland Greece, with only four of the 24 isles permanently inhabited: Alonnisos, Skiathos, Skopelos and Skyros. Rugged and charming, these cruising grounds deliver peaceful serenity whilst sailing amongst some truly breath-taking island scenery. This is an area rich in natural splendour […]