Category: Western Europe

Skiing on the glacier high above Tignes

Top 5 resorts for glacier skiing

Over the last few ski seasons, in the Alps, the snow down at lower altitudes has started showing up later than expected. Is this a natural cycle, or is climate change the culprit? That’s a debate for another day. Thankfully the snow always shows up but it’s squeeky bum time for anyone who booked the […]

Short stay: The Rosebery Aparthotel, Clerkenwell, London, UK

Short stay: The Rosebery Aparthotel, Clerkenwell, London, UK

When attending the World Travel Market, I stayed in a studio apartment at The Rosebery from Supercity Aparthotels. Situated on Rosebery Avenue in Clerkenwell, the accommodation is within easy walking distance of two Underground stations – Farringdon (Circle, Hammersmith and City and Metropolitan lines) and Chancery Lane (Central line). This meant I could get to […]

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The top Michelin starred restaurants in Barcelona

It’s a known fact that Barcelona is home to thousands of incredible restaurants, so it’s no surprise that Michelin stars are aplenty in the Mediterranean city, which boasts 30 in total! If (very) fine dining is on the agenda during your time in Barcelona, take a look at some of our favourite Michelin starred restaurants: […]

Pila Italy

Top 5 hidden gem ski resorts in the world

What could be more luxurious than having your own slice of ski heaven? Quiet slopes are just as important as perfect powder and first-class services, which is why we’ve put together our top five secret ski destinations in the world. Pila, Italy Pila has the sought-after combination of being both lively and intimate: its small […]

Video of the week: Norway 8K

Video of the week: Norway 8K

Norway 8K shows the wild landscapes of Norway in ultra high resolution. From the coastal peaks of the Lofoten and Senja Islands to the fjords and highlands of southern Norway, this video was shot by Timestorm Films over a 4 week period whilst driving over 8000km.

Top 5 spots for afternoon tea in Edinburgh

Top 5 spots for afternoon tea in Edinburgh

Though the Scottish capital city is brimming with all manner of things to see and do, after a lengthy day of exploring, there’s sometimes nothing better than savouring a cup of tea and a scone with your feet up! Whether cute and cosy or luxurious and decadent, these tried and tested afternoon tea offerings have […]

5 reasons to choose The Three Peaks for a Winter holiday in the Dolomites

5 reasons to choose The Three Peaks for a Winter holiday in the Dolomites

The ski resort of Three Peaks Dolomites is located in South Tyrol amidst the Unesco World Heritage Dolomites. It remains an undiscovered and uncrowded ski experience even after winning multiple awards. The ski runs are perfectly groomed and with an efficient system of man made snow, skiing is always guaranteed. Providing more than 100 km […]

Avoid Tourist Crowds in Vienna: Kunsthistorisches Museum

5 ways to outsmart the tourist crowds in Vienna

With more and more tourists succumbing to Vienna’s old world lure there are five effective ways to stay off the tourist crowds. When visiting this top cultural capital have your cake and eat it, but do it the smart way. Accommodation: boutique and neighbourhood While large palace hotels undoubtedly have their charms, so do exquisite […]

Recipe of the week: Tortilla con boletus

Recipe of the week: Tortilla con boletus

When taking over the family business, Chef Juanjo López realised he had to stay loyal to the authenticity and intensity of traditional flavours. Among the worldwide known Spanish dishes is tortilla. Some like it with onion, some without. Some crave it runny, some like it set. Chef Juanjo López likes his without onion and on […]

Video of the week: The Loch Ness watchman

Video of the week: The Loch Ness watchman

The Loch Ness Monster is one of our most enduring myths. People have sought to uncover ol’ Nessie’s secrets for 1,500 years. But only one man has devoted his life to learning the truth… and living alone in a van by the loch to do so. Meet Steve Feltham, Nessie’s full-time watchman since 1991.

5 great reasons to visit Dublin

5 great reasons to visit Dublin

It may be a small, but there’s a reason why Dublin has such a big reputation. From cobbled streets to traditional pubs and more literary greats than you can shake a stick at, history and culture simply pervade this city. Dublin offers visitors the best of both worlds; a famously compact capital, you can be out […]

saint marks basilica, venice italy

7 secret ways to visit St. Mark’s Square, Venice (while avoiding the crowds and staying cool)

Everyone that visits Venice will go to St. Mark’s Square, period. And you must as well. But how can you do it differently than the millions of selfie-taking tourists while garnering food for your brain and staying cool to boot? Most consider St. Mark’s Square to consist of the Basilica, the Doges’ Palace, and the […]

Short stay: Chestnut Cottage, Arbor Holiday and Knightcote Farm Cottages, Warwickshire

Short stay: Chestnut Cottage, Arbor Holiday and Knightcote Farm Cottages, Warwickshire

Our latest stay was at Chestnut Cottage close to the wonderfully-named village of Bishops Itchington – a VisitEngland 5 Star Gold Award property located just a short distance from the M40 motorway in Warwickshire, and listed on the Premier Cottages website. Premier Cottages’ collection features almost 1,000 four and five-star self-catering cottages across the UK. […]

Lunch at Restaurant Le Pressoir, Vannes, Brittany, France

Lunch at Restaurant Le Pressoir, Vannes, Brittany, France

One of the gastronomic highlights of our trip to Brittany was lunch at Vincent David’s Le Pressoir, just north of Vannes. This restaurant has received many accolades and much recognition, including one Michelin star and three Gault et Millau toques. It is located in an attractive building on Rue de l’Hôpital, among residential properties in […]

10 great reasons to visit Vannes, Brittany, France

10 great reasons to visit Vannes, Brittany, France

On our recent trip to in France, after moving on from Carnac, we also spent some time in Vannes, exploring the quaint Medieval streets and magnificent buildings of this historic walled town. Situated in Morbihan, on the southern coast of Brittany, Vannes offers interesting contrasts of old and new. Built on the foundations of a […]

Top 5 Lake District treks

Top 5 Lake District treks

Treks around the epic mountain and lake scenery of England’s largest National Park, the Lake District, continue to be the feature as well as inspiration for blockbuster movies, novels and famous artworks. From Star Wars to the soon-to-be-released live action remake of Peter Rabbit by Sony Pictures, the Lake District is a hotbed of cultural […]