10 Things NOT To Do in Porto (and 10 To Do Instead)

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Porto is the city of queues. I didn’t expect that to be the opening line of this post. Before I visited Porto, everything I’d read about the city was described using a list of superlatives. Historic. Medieval. Rich. Romantic. Grand. Tick. Tick. Tick. Tick. Tick. Porto is absolutely all of those things. And then some. … Read more

Italy’s Prosecco Region is Just One Hour from Venice

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I conducted an entirely unscientific survey over the festive fizz period of December – I asked everybody with a glass of Prosecco in their hand if they knew that the Prosecco region was just one hour from Venice in Italy. Results: 10o/10o people didn’t know (or some number like that). The ensuing conversations went a … Read more

The Best Eastern European Christmas Markets

Wondering what are the best Eastern European Christmas markets? In this post, Stefan Pidruczny of StefanRTW gives you the inside scoop… Eastern Europe is a great place to visit all-year-round but the cities come alive during the weeks leading up to the Christmas holiday. Almost overnight the quaint and quiet old town squares transform into festive … Read more

+20 Things To Do Near Kings Cross St Pancras in London

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Got some time near Kings Cross St Pancras in London but don’t want to take on the vastness of the city? Or perhaps you’ve ‘done’ Covent Garden so many times you feel like you could become a tour guide. Why not explore one of London’s most up and coming postcodes? Here are +20 things to … Read more

15 Things To Do in Bordeaux (Besides Taste Wine)

I love wine. And I especially love Bordeaux wine. How could I not? Bordeaux is one of the finest wine producing regions in the world. But what if you don’t want to go wine tasting in Bordeaux? Or your kids have tagged along (as toddlers are prone to do). Or you’ve ticked off all your … Read more

Is Santorini Worth It?

Alternative to Santorini Oia Sunset

Place a glossy travel mag in my hands and I’m as happy as the proverbial pig in sh!t. Page after page, I love pouring over pictures of cerulean seas and cloudless skies. But here’s the thing – those pictures of those destinations are no more real than the images of celebs in Vogue. Airbrushed and … Read more

25 Cultural Things To Do In Sardinia Italy

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Want to know the best things to do 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 … Read more

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 … Read more

Sardinian Diet – What They Actually 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 … Read more

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 … Read more