Urbino – A Guide To Italy’s Secret Renaissance City

Urbino red rooftops at dusk

To wander through the streets of Urbino is to wander through Italy’s Medieval and Renaissance past. A walled city located in the Le Marche region of central Italy, Urbino is a truly spell-binding place to visit. And, due to its “great cultural flowering” during the Renaissance, Urbino has UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Yet, compared … Read more

How To Take The Ferry From Barcelona to Rome

Rome Civitavecchia ferry terminal at sunset

Tired of airports and craving some slow travel, I decided to take the ferry from Barcelona to Rome. In this guide, I’ll explain how to take the ferry including schedules, ticket prices, onboard facilities, and getting from the ports to the cities. I’ve also included a map as well as how the ferry compares to … Read more

How To Use The Tube in London – First Timers’ Guide

London underground sign by London Eye

London Underground is one of the fastest and cheapest ways to get around the city. But the Tube (as it’s locally known) can be daunting for first-time visitors. I lived and worked in the capital for over a decade, using the Underground daily. Here’s my guide to how to use the Tube in London. What … Read more

Cruising Ancient Greece in The Peloponnese Peninsula

Theatre at delphi greece with mountains

The Peloponnese is a peninsula of myths and legends, ancient sights and civilisations that pre-date written history. It’s a land that covers over 21,000 square kilometres (8,000 sqm) and is located on the southwest tip of mainland Greece. Home to Olympia, Delphi, and the Corinth Canal, and a short distance from Athens, it’s a destination … Read more

The Ultimate Sailing Yoga Retreat in Greece

yoga teacher on ship downward dog

Into the ocean I go, to soothe my mind and find my soul. I saw this quote once in a store in Europe and couldn’t get it out of my head. Except, for me, it wasn’t swimming that made me feel this way; it was unfurling my yoga mat – into the postures I go… … Read more

20 Best Beatles Attractions in Liverpool (with Map)

street art showing the four beatles in colours

On 9 February 1961, four Liverpool lads – John Lennon, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, and Paul McCartney – gave their debut performance at The Cavern Club in Liverpool. Over 60 years later, The Beatles remain as popular as ever. And nowhere is that more true than in the city of the band’s birthplace, Liverpool. As … Read more

30 Best Places To Visit on a British Isles Cruise

Wild atlantic way green cliffs and sea

It was late spring in the British Isles and after poring over the many cruise destinations offered by Swan Hellenic, I did the thing that surprised even me. I decided to explore my own country. Britain. By sea. Until now, my most common view over the British Isles has been by air as I leave. … Read more

Swan Hellenic – Where Culture & Luxury Combine

In 1931, at a time when Britain was still effervescing from the roaring twenties, a gentleman named W.F. Swan set up a small family run travel business called Swan Travel Bureau. Over the decades, and together with his son, Kenneth, they pioneered a new style of adventurous expedition cruising that remains at the heart of … Read more

20 Tasty Puglian Foods To Try in Italy

Plate of cured meats and cheese

If you’re searching for local food for your trip to Puglia, you’re already steps ahead of most of the millions of foreign visitors who arrive in Italy each year. Just recently, strolling down a side street in Florence I had a waiter holler at me across the street: “pizza, pasta, spaghetti”. It was as though … Read more

14 Best Things To Do In London’s South Bank

london bridge on south bank

Once upon a time, South London wasn’t a very desirable place. It was the part of London that was the home of asylums, prisons and taverns of ill repute. Little did our medieval ancestors know that with these ‘features’ they were laying the foundations for one of London’s most exciting tourist enclaves. Think of London’s attractions … Read more