Europe

where to go in sardinia

Where to Go in Sardinia – Self-Drive Itinerary

Want to know where to go in Sardinia? Read on… I’d always thought Sardinia would be a beach-based trip for me – after all, isn’t that why most people fly into what is Italy’s largest island? However, there’s not much you can do to talk me into sitting on a beach in November (even in Italy), so I ended up… Read more →

Want to know where to go in Sardinia? This self-drive itinerary has places, restaurants, hotels, distances and a map to help you plan your trip to Sardinia.... Read more →
cheat's guide to sparkling wine

Cheat’s Guide to Sparkling Wine

I’m the kind of person who will find any excuse possible to sup on something bubbly – “What? My second cousin, third removed just found out she doesn’t need a root canal? That requires a celebration.” POP. Whether you’re a woman (or man) after my own heart or whether you prefer save the popping of corks for special occasions, like birthdays,… Read more →

Looking for a guide to sparkling wine? Want to know your Champagne from your Cava, Crémant and Prosecco? Here's a 5-minute cheat's guide with an infographic... Read more →
sardinian food

Sardinian Food – Where and What to Eat in Sardinia

Francesco Cetti once said, “There is not in Italy what there is in Sardinia, nor in Sardinia what there is in Italy.” The 18th century zoologist was probably talking about the wildlife. Probably. But he could equally have been talking about Sardinian food. I’m fast loosing count of the number of times I’ve been to Italy, but my sojourn to Sardinia was… Read more →

Want to know what Sardinian food to eat? Here's a list and images of what to eat for each course including restaurant recommendations throughout the island.... Read more →
How to Order Coffee in Italy

How To Order Coffee in Italy

Even if you’re decked head to toe in Gucci and are sauntering around Venice, Florence or Rome with all the panache of an Italian superstar, there’s still a very simple way to tell whether you’re a local or not: how you order coffee. Believe it or not, there is a huge (and unhelpfully unspoken!) protocol for how to order coffee… Read more →

How to order coffee in Italy isn't as easy as you might think. Here's a guide to what coffee to order, when to order, how to order, how to pay and tipping.... Read more →
3 Days in Florence

3 Days in Florence: The Itinerary I Give My Friends

Giuseppe Verdi once said, “You may have the universe if I may have Italy.” I feel that way about Florence; which might explain why I have visited this arresting Italian city so many times I’m losing count. And, with that, what I’m equally losing count of is the number of times I’ve scribbled out an itinerary for 3 days in… Read more →

Spending 3 days in Florence? Here's the itinerary I give my friends and gets you to the top sights at the right time of day. Includes where to eat and sleep... Read more →
Where to Eat and Drink in Brussels on a Weekend Trip

Where to eat and drink in Brussels on a Weekend Trip

I love an indulgent foodie (and drinkie) weekend break and with my 40th birthday presenting the perfect excuse (and my messed up knee preventing me from jetting off to Hawaii), I couldn’t think of a better place to celebrate than Brussels where chocolate, fries, mayonnaise, waffles and Belgium beer were all on the menu. As you’ll see from the pictures… Read more →

Want to know where to eat and drink in Brussels on a weekend trip? From waffles to frites to Belgian beer and chocolate, this is the only guide you'll need.... Read more →
Alternative Amsterdam Noord Clink Noord

Alternative Amsterdam: 7 Secret Spots in Amsterdam Noord

“It’s ugly, isn’t it?” I looked at my guide, Bas, and he nodded, a big smile on his face. He wasn’t offended, because I guess he knew what was my next comment was going to be. “Ugly, but cool. Very, very cool.” Bas nodded again; his smile hadn’t waiver. We were talking about Amsterdam Noord, an area of Amsterdam that’s situated… Read more →

If you're looking to explore alternative Amsterdam then get yourself to Amsterdam Noord: creatives, craft brews and all the cool kids. Here's 7 secret spots... Read more →
TRAVELING EUROPE WITH KIDS

Traveling in Europe with Kids – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

When I want to take a trip, I book a ticket, pack a bag (a small one at that) and go. And then I look at my friends with children and watch in awe at the planning, packing, cajoling, refereeing and excitement containing that goes on when they, likewise, take a trip. And that’s not to mention the bags –… Read more →

Ever wondered what it's like traveling through Europe with Kids? On a 4.5 month adventure with just carry on here's the truth with the good, bad and ugly.... Read more →
The Ginstitute

The Ginstitute: Making Your Own Gin in London

The Ginstitute has been on my radar (gindar?) for a while. In fact, all the way back in 2013 I listed it as one of the things I wanted to try in London. It took me a few years to get around to it (these things can’t be rushed) but with a friend’s big birthday coming up – the kind… Read more →

Thinking of booking the Ginstitute, a gin blending experience in London? Read this honest review about the day including venue, booking & value for money.... Read more →
Is it Safe toTravel to Greece 2015

Is it Safe to Travel to Greece 2015?

  I didn’t plan to write about Greece. It was my annual holiday – you know, the kind where I travel to a destination to see it through my eyes and not through the lens of a camera; the kind of trip where I’d spend more time staring out at the sea than into a laptop screen. And then the… Read more →

After spending 16 days in Greece in July 2015, here's an honest view on is it safe to travel to Greece 2015 including getting cash, food and ferries... Read more →