Category: Western Europe

8 reasons why you really need to visit Cascais in Portugal

8 reasons why you really need to visit Cascais in Portugal

Portugal’s Cascais region is gaining a reputation as one of country’s best areas to visit. It is a place of wild coastlines, natural beauty, history, and Portugal’s famous cuisine and hospitality. And here are eight reasons why Cascais is becoming Portugal’s best region to visit: 1. It’s easy to get to Hugging mainland Europe’s most […]

Sunset over pool. Autumn in Mallorca_sunset over pool

5 highlights of an Autumn week in Mallorca

What an exhilarating week in Mallorca! The isle of Mallorca is of course one of the largest of the Balearic Islands, the others being Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera. It has a coastline of more than 550 kilometres, impressive mountains and affordable Mediterranean food. With autumn in full swing I would love to share some of […]

6 of the best restaurants in Edinburgh

6 of the best restaurants in Edinburgh

The foodie revolution took a while to make its way north from London but with Edinburgh now having more restaurants per head of population than any other city in the UK, there’s never been a better time to visit. From Michelin-starred restaurants to restaurants without a menu in the conventional sense, here are the some […]

Italian Islands, Isola Bella

7 spectacular lesser-known Italian islands

The boot-shaped Italian peninsula is almost entirely surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, so it’s no surprise that the country has a lot of islands. Sicily, Sardinia, Capri, and Venice are probably the most well-known Italian islands, but there are many others worth visiting that don’t get as much press. Some are an ideal beach destination, […]

5 of the best swimming pools in the Alps

5 of the best swimming pools in the Alps

Even a few years ago a list of the best swimming pools in the Alps would be a struggle to put together. In some resorts, you’d be restricted to a 10m swimming pool in the only five-star hotel in town. Or if there was a public pool, then was probably built 30 years ago and […]

Our top 10 sunset hotspots in the world

Our top 10 sunset hotspots in the world

For me it is quite amazing to think wherever you are in the world you are witnessing the same burning sun dip below the horizon. Yet the same sun setting each day offers a unique moment, special to you. Sunset is one of my favourite times of the day – a moment to reflect on […]

3 tried and tested accessories from my latest trip

3 tried and tested accessories from my latest trip

My latest trip was to the Paris Motor Show on behalf of Infiniti, driving the beautiful Q30 from London to Paris, before enjoying the show and a few Parisian highlights, including dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant. If you’ve not seen the post from the trip, you’ll find it here. Also on that trip, I got […]

A luxury weekend in Paris with Infiniti

A luxury weekend in Paris with Infiniti

What better way to visit the Paris Motor Show than to drive there. And to drive in the luxury of the Infiniti Q30 is about as comfortable as it gets. This is a car that offers comfort in abundance and is every bit as stylish as it looks. (Some of you may recall that I test […]

5 great restaurants in Auvergne, central France

5 great restaurants in Auvergne, central France

Auvergne is getting a lot more attention at the moment, partly due to Lonely Planet putting the region on one of its must visit lists for 2016. There are many reasons to explore this tranquil, scenic area full of Bourbon history and dormant volcanoes, and it is becoming a popular place to stop on the […]

Short stay: Best Western Beaumont Hotel, Hexham, Northumberland, UK

Short stay: Best Western Beaumont Hotel, Hexham, Northumberland, UK

For a recent sailing weekend at Derwent Reservoir, we stayed at the Best Western Beaumont Hotel in the Northumberland market town of Hexham. We’d often passed Hexham travelling from Cumbria to the north-east along the A69, but rarely had much time to spend there. Previously awarded the title of ‘England’s favourite market town’ in Country […]

Half-term and horrifying Halloween highlights in Paris

Half-term and horrifying Halloween highlights in Paris

Half term and Halloween is a great moment to come visit Paris. You might not see a lot of children trick or treating in the streets of the French capital on 31st October at night, but All Saints Day is a celebration day in France as well. During this time, locals usually go to cemeteries and […]

6 of the best places to eat gelato in Rome

6 of the best places to eat gelato in Rome

When you’re craving gelato on a hot day in Rome, anything cold will do. But some gelato is definitely better than others – avoid any gelateria where the gelato is piled up high, in shades of neon blue and lime green, and look out for places which use fresh, seasonal ingredients. There’s plenty of good […]

Top 5 must-try culinary experiences in Rome

Top 5 must-try culinary experiences in Rome

After much archaeological explorations and piazza perusing, food is on the top of the list for every traveler to Rome. Food tourism in the eternal city is an educational and cultural activity in its own right. It is an experience that allows you to savor the city’s age old traditions, all the while providing you […]

5 of the best pintxos bars in San Sebastian

5 of the best pintxos bars in San Sebastian

One of the highlights of our latest trip to Spain was our time in San Sebastián and, more specifically, our pintxos tour with Iñigo Tames (highly recommended) from San Sebastián Food, a culinary enterprise based in the basement of the Hotel Maria Cristina where we stayed. Pintxos – if you’re not already familiar – is […]

The holiday home industry's answer to the Michelin Guide

The holiday home industry’s answer to the Michelin Guide

We are all familiar with the Michelin Guide which recognises select establishments for their culinary prowess. What started as a general motorists’ guide to help sell more tyres actually evolved into something much grander. By focussing on only the very best restaurants, the Michelin Red Guide quickly became the authority on all things dining. Now […]

6 things to do in Berlin for architecture and art lovers

6 things to do in Berlin for architecture and art lovers

Germany is one of the favorite tourist destinations in the world and one of the favorite places to visit is Berlin. Berlin is known for its rich history and it remains one of the top destinations for lovers of modern art. The most vibrant part of Berlin history happened in the 1920s when the world […]