Category: Travel Miscellany

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 […]

8 essential tips to avoiding travel madness and making your next trip a success

8 essential tips to avoiding travel madness and making your next trip a success

I’m a planner. A week before most trips I start laying out the basics, making checklists, and doing last minute shopping to fill in the gaps. With four kids and a husband to pack for, it’s my way of always being prepared.  We were headed on a trip down under—flying from Hong Kong to Sydney, with a […]

10 great reasons to visit Carnac, Brittany, France

10 great reasons to visit Carnac, Brittany, France

Having recently spent around 10 days in Carnac in southern Brittany, we thought it would be fitting to share 10 great reasons to visit this popular French seaside resort. Located in the heart of Quiberon Bay, and close to Brittany’s Gulf of Morbihan, Carnac enjoys a healthy influx of tourists, particularly in high season (July […]

Video of the week: Epic lava 'fire hose' in Hawaii

Video of the week: Epic lava ‘fire hose’ in Hawaii

This dramatic lava flow streamed out of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano. Filmed by Kalapana Cultural Tours, it was temporarily extinguished by a cliff collapse but returned with a vengeance a few days later. The lava flow, named 61g, has captured the attention of geologists since it first appeared earlier this year.

Eating amongst the snow covered pines

Top 5 mountain restaurants in Zermatt

While any form of exercise can burn calories, there are special benefits to skiing. One reason is the effort your body goes through to stay balanced. Which is a roundabout way of saying, tuck in, you’ve earned it. It’s more than likely that you’ll want to refuel in the middle of the day and you’re […]

6 excellent, independent restaurants in St Petersburg

6 excellent, independent restaurants in St Petersburg

Russia is experiencing a food revolution due to food sanctions that have been in place for the last three years. We have selected just six of our favourite independent restaurants in St Petersburg to showcase how creative and forward thinking the Russian food scene is today. EM Olesya Drobot is a rare find – a […]

Winter in Provence

Winter in Provence

When you think of Provence you might well think of warm, sunny days, lavender fields and cold glasses of Rose. With only a couple of weeks until November and the real onset of Winter here in Provence, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to dispel the myth that the only really good time to visit […]

Edinburgh: a city that thrives in winter

Edinburgh: a city that thrives in winter

As records prove, Edinburgh is not a warm city. Not even the most ardent festival fanatic will claim that the weather, as well as the laughs, are incredible in August. So don’t deny or ignore the cold – embrace it. Because Edinburgh is built for it, Edinburgh thrives in winter: It’s built for short days […]

Take your honeymoon to the secluded shores of the Galapagos

Take your honeymoon to the secluded shores of the Galapagos

After months of preparation and organizing with family, friends and planners, take your first few weeks of marriage to a place where you can truly begin your new adventure together – an archipelago of not only stunning beauty, but also unworldly diversity, where everything from the sand that borders the crystalline waters to the beaks […]

Recipe of the week: Eggs Benedict

Recipe of the week: Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict was invented at Delmonico’s — America’s first restaurant — in the late 1860s by Chef Charles Ranhofer. The dish, which was named for a regular Delmonico’s patron at the time, Mrs. LeGrand Benedict, consists of warm toasted brioche rounds topped with proscuitto cotto, poached eggs, Hollandaise sauce, and an elegant touch of Osetra […]

5 popular food items recommended for the well-heeled traveller in China

5 popular food items recommended for the well-heeled traveller in China

The Chinese love eating – that’s a fact. Food is an important part of the Chinese culture. It has been for thousands of years. It is usual for a Chinese to greet another with “Have you eaten?” rather than ‘How are you?” as practised in the West. Chinese do love their food! Broadly, there are […]

7 luxury reasons to visit Hanoi

7 luxury reasons to visit Hanoi

Having visited Vietnam many times previously it’s been some time since we passed through Hanoi, people kept telling us we should return for multiple reasons, including some ‘must visit’ hotels, delectable vegan food and the nearby stunning location of Ninh Binh. We heeded their advice and loved it, we will return again in the near […]

Video of the week: Roads of Argentina

Video of the week: Roads of Argentina

Guillaume Juin went to Argentina to explore two parts of the country: the north (Salta’s region and its incredible desert landscapes) and the south (El Calafate, its glaciers, and beautiful mountains). It was entirely filmed on Sony A7SI, just with a little tripod, 3 lenses (24-70, 14mm, 70-300), and GoPro Hero 3+ black for a […]

Top 5 highlights of Cartagena, Colombia

Top 5 highlights of Cartagena, Colombia

Lovely Cartagena is located on the Carribean coast of Colombia. A couple of years ago articles about Cartagena suddenly began appearing in travel magazines and I was immediately drawn in by the gorgeous coloured houses. I was delighted to discover that this practice is highly recommended by the local government and the owners are expected […]

5 alternative reasons for visiting Ibiza

5 alternative reasons for visiting Ibiza

Ibiza is known across the world for its buzzing nightlife, but there’s much more to this Spanish island than partying. Whether you want to catch the last of this year’s sun or are already thinking about next summer, Ibiza is an island that caters to every taste, and if you’re looking for a restful break […]

11 of the coolest things about Israel

11 of the coolest things about Israel

Before traveling to Israel, the only thing I knew was that I really enjoyed the company of the Israeli people I had encountered on my travels. Going by this, I assumed that Israel would make a great place to visit. Before even boarding the plane, an Israeli lady had started a conversation with me and […]