Sometimes you just have a find a wee bolthole and escape with the family and that just what this trip was all about. That and great Tuscan food of course We flew into Florence and hired a car and headed north to a province in the tuscan hills for a couple of weeks of R&R […]
From the collective of villages now considered a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Monterosso Al Mare is the largest village in the Cinque Terre, and boasts over its neighbours, beautiful reefs, sandy beaches with crystal clear waters. The village is separated into two halves by the old tower of Aurora. Fegina, thrives on tourism and […]
There are five villages in this area off of the Italian Riveria. Cinque translated means 5 and Terre is lands. So essentially this area translates to “the five lands.” Each of the villages have the own character and Vernazza is no different. The Cinque Terre has succumbed to mass tourism and visitor numbers are booming. […]
Marseille is a port city in France in the Mediterranean. It has an industrial but cosmopolitan feel and a diverse cultural scene. Perfect for a weekend away Starting at the Vieux port or ‘Old Port’, it has been the hub of life for over 2000 years. The marina is full of small fishing boats and […]
A day trip galavanting along the French Riviera towards Monaco. Looking out across the glittering Mediterranean twenty kilometres east of Nice is the municipality of Monaco. The second smallest independent state after the Vatican but no less ostentatious. An area favoured by the world’s glitterati. First a stop to Fragonard a perfume and soap factory. Since […]
Day in Cannes by train for a change of scene. Its only about 5 euros and takes about 40 minutes relaxing at the views of the coast. Not much planned except have a wander and take in the vibe The splendid La Croisette promenade. The perfect platform for watching the world. walk from end of […]
Over the years I have not been a stranger to visiting the Netherlands. This trip takes us up North to Friesland. Camping Wiid October was the perfect time for this adventure as there was plenty of reasonable priced accommodation, so we opted to stay at Wiid Camping which had decent bungalows available. We used here […]
I have a rule about not going back to a place once I have visited. Amsterdam is the only exception. I get twitchy if I don’t get a yearly visit in. it helps that my best friends live there so there is always an excuse to pop over. Aberdeen will always be home but Amsterdam […]
I love a city, any city. The sounds, the sights and the smell. Pounding pavements and meandering through streets and alleys, but Berlin is massive and it soon became apparent this could not be conquered by foot. When I say massive, its the sheer scale of everything, from the size of the buildings to the […]
This years summer escape was Corfu in the Greek Ionian islands. These islands lie off Greece’s western coast and the North of the Island is closer to Albania than mainland Greece. 9 years ago we took a few months touring the Cyclades with our one year old daughter, a buggy and two backpacks but this trip was […]
Its peculiar to be a zebra crossing away from Spain but Gibraltar is a self-governing British colony, so if you are traveling there from Spain, you must have a passport. Lots of things to remind you of old blighty too, such as these British institutions below The Rock of Gibraltar The Rock, is a 426 m high monolithic limestone nature reserve, […]
Cartagena is poised between the Mediterranean and the Mar Menor, on Spain’s south-east coast. A great place to stop for a short break to soak up some Spanish culture Some great sculptures in Cartagena like The whale tail fin ‘Cola de ballena”, by artist Elorrieta or El Zulo (the hideout) sculpture, a tribute to the victims […]
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