Tavole di San Giuseppe – St Joseph’s Tables

This weekend we were back in Puglia!  We’d been invited to celebrate the festival of Tavole di San Giuseppe (St Joseph’s Tables).  We were guests of the Mayor of Minervino di Lecce and he was excited to show us the traditions that they celebrate.  The Tavole di San Giuseppe is a festival held on the…

Palazzo Ducale Venturi – Minervino di Lecce, Puglia

This weekend Dan and I were in Puglia to celebrate the festival of the Tavole di San Giuseppe.  ‘The table of St Joseph.’  We’ve been to Puglia before but never to the Salento region (the very South part).  We were lucky enough to be staying in the beautiful Palazzo Ducale Venturi in Minervino di Lecce. …

A Tour of Newcastle for Foodies

This weekend I was off on a trip to Newcastle to sample the city’s culinary delights.  Newcastle is probably not the first place you’d think of as a Foodie Paradise so I was intrigued to see what the city had to offer.  This weekend was in collaboration with Newcastle Gateshead.com who had planned a Newcastle…

Experience London with Tripadvisor Attractions

It’s not very often that you get the opportunity to be a tourist in your own city.  Living in London it’s all too easy to take this amazing place for granted.  That’s why I jumped at the chance when TripAdvisor gave me the opportunity to purchase a London attraction from their website and really experience…

The Kallima Spa at the Hilton Syon Park Hotel, London

This weekend my mum and I were spending a night at the Hilton, Syon Park.  We were booked in for a Spa Treatment at the Kallima Spa.  This would be followed by a 3 course dinner in the Marco Pierre White Restaurant and an overnight stay. The bit I was most excited about was the…

Winter Wonderland – Hyde Park, London

Christmas is a busy time!  Towards the end of November, Hyde Park in London ceases to be a peaceful haven of tranquility for walkers, joggers and cyclists.  It turns into the madness that is the Winter Wonderland.  Neon lights, fairground rides and attractions as far as the eye can see.  Bavarian beer houses, ice sculptures…

Wine Tasting in Rioja, Spain

This morning we woke up in San Sebastian early as we had a fun day planned – Wine Tasting in Rioja – and even more important than that…It was MY BIRTHDAY!  I’m a bit of a princess when it comes to my Birthday and there’s no wasting a second of it by sleeping in! Every…

Day-Trip to Armona Island, Algarve, Portugal

One of the things I love most about my annual trip to Portugal, is getting to spend quality time with my godson Ethan.  He’s on school holidays for the summer so I was thrilled to be getting him for an entire day and we all decided to take a day trip to make it even…

Marufos (The Chicken Shack), Almancil, Algarve, Portugal

This year we went to Marufos after our visit to Armona Island as we’d had a long day and didn’t want to spend an hour getting ready to go out somewhere fancy.  We got home, jumped in the pool, threw on clean beach clothes and headed out to The Chicken Shack. Marufos is an Algarvian…

Top 10 things to do in Biarritz, France

Having visited Biarritz a couple of times now, I’ve definitely got a very soft spot for this gorgeous town.  A seaside town steeped in history, it’s where old school glamour merges with a cool, surf vibe.  A place where you can promenade along the beach, eat amazing seafood or try you hand at extreme sports…

A Day Trip to Cap-Ferret, Aquitaine, France

Whilst doing a bit of research on what to do in Arcachon, one of the stops on our road trip through France & Spain, the recommendation that came up the most was a Day Trip To Cap-Ferret.  Cap-Ferret is a peninsula that separates the Bassin d’Arcachon from the Bay of Biscay and it’s the place…

What to do in Arcachon, Aquitaine, France

We caught the train from Bordeaux to Arcachon, an hour-long journey that cost about €30 for a one way trip, and arrived at Arcachon Train Station.  Arcachon is a seaside town on the West Coast of France, almost directly west of Bordeaux.  It looks out over the Bassin D’Arcachon, an inlet that is surrounded on…