24 hours in Bordeaux, France – A City Dedicated to Wine!

Arriving in Bordeaux to gorgeous sunshine we were all smiles for the first stop on our road trip tour of Western France and Northern Spain.  With our love of wine, Bordeaux was the obvious first stop!  We only had 24 hours in Bordeaux so we had to make the most of our time there. There…

Ilha Deserta, Faro, Algarve, Portugal

Every year I go to Portugal and it’s definitely my happy place.  I love the beaches, restaurants, sea and sun and we often spend days on the beach but sometimes I like to do a day-trip to see a bit more of what this beautiful country has to offer.  Ilha Deserta is one of the…

A Weekend in Hamburg, Germany

Last weekend the Come to Hamburg Program kindly invited Dan and I for a weekend in Hamburg to experience everything that the city has to offer.  3 days full of fun, food, ferries and fish markets which you can read all about below! The First Night Travelling after work, we arrived late into Hamburg Airport…

The Swan Hotel Newby Bridge, Lake District, Cumbria

A few months ago, when I was last in the Lake District for a wedding, I entered a competition on Instagram to win a free night’s stay at The Swan Hotel Newby Bridge.  It’s a beautiful Spa Hotel just on the southernmost tip of Lake Windermere, and well, I WON!!  Dan and I started planning…

A Guide to the Hidden Gems in Paris

Paris is the city that captured my heart.  I spent a year living there and I do my best to go back at least once a year.  I love just wandering around and exploring but sometimes you need a bit of extra help to find the true hidden gems in Paris.  The places below are…

La Cabane des Praz – Les Praz de Chamonix, Chamonix, France

If you read my recent post on How to Ski Chamonix you’ll notice that there was one restaurant that I raved about in particular – La Cabane des Praz.  Situated in the small village of Les Praz de Chamonix, the restaurant can be reached via a black run or the Cable Car from the Flégère…

Catalonian Wine Tasting

Last summer I spent time in Cadaques and Cap de Creus in Catalonia, Spain.  We had such an amazing time in this beautiful part of the world, hiking, swimming, eating and of course, drinking the local wine.  Hidden beaches you can only reach by swimming or kayaking, plenty of National Parks to Hike in and…

How to Ski Chamonix, Mont Blanc – France

Only managing a cheeky ski-weekend away this year instead of a week-long break, we picked Chamonix as our destination as it’s very easy to get to.  It’s only an hour from Geneva by car so it’s perfect for a weekend trip unlike most of the other resorts which can be 2-2½ hours drive.  This is…

The Most Authentic, Traditional & Best Restaurants in Madrid

Madrid is such a gastronomic city with a huge tradition of cooking and eating, and the Madrilenos really know how to enjoy their food.  The best restaurants in Madrid that I have visited are the authentic Spanish ones with long histories attached to them.  They’ve managed, because of their long-standing reputations, not to have to…

The Best Food Markets in Madrid

One of my favourite things to do when I travel is to check out the local food markets.  I love just wandering around, seeing what the locals eat and buy, trying a few things, maybe buying some lunch for a picnic and just generally enjoying the atmosphere.  I’m in heaven in Madrid as there’s so…

Casa Paco, La Latina, Madrid

A traditional Spanish Restaurant where the House Speciality is Steak cooked on a hot plate at your table! I took Dan to Casa Paco for Date Night on our last trip to Madrid as it’s his Dad’s favourite restaurant and he’s been raving about its steak for a long time.  It’s a traditional looking restaurant in…

Segovia – A Day Trip from Madrid

Having been to Madrid many times before and seen all the sights, we decided to use one of our days this time to go on a day trip.  We had a few options, Toledo perhaps, or El Escorial, but the princess in me wanted to see the Alcazar castle in Segovia so we decided to…