An indulgent 48 hours in Venice

From never having been to Venice to never wanting to leave in just 48 hours – my guide to an indulgent weekend in Venice, Italy.

Spring comes to Kew Gardens in London

Daffodils, blossoms and magnolia trees greet me as I pass through the gates into Kew Gardens. It's a little early for bluebells but soon the woodlands here will be carpeted with them too, a favourite subject of many a photographer. At last the sun is shinning. Spring...

Beheadings, ravens and whopping great diamonds!

As I walk through the one foot deep, steel doors, that would have looked more at home protecting a high-tech bank vault in the latest blockbuster, I catch my breath and gaze at the bejewelled sword and scabbard suspended in the air before...

Step back in time in La Laguna

Standing on the still wet cobbles which glistened in the sunshine, in a beautiful courtyard, I may be soaked to the skin but I'm smiling. I feel as if I've been transported to another time and another place. I'm in a bubble trapped in history, way back at the turning...

Athens, a multifaceted diamond in the rough

What do you see when you visit a city like Athens? The grime and dirt, the scrawling graffiti, the homeless man with his bedding spread out in a shop doorway? Or do you see the pretty lilac-coloured flowers of the jacaranda trees that line the avenues, the lively bars...

The dramatic beauty of a volcanic landscape

Situated on the island of Tenerife, Teide National Park features the Teide-Pico Viejo stratovolcano that, at 3,718 m, is the highest peak on Spanish soil. Rising 7,500 m above the ocean floor, it is regarded as the world’s third-tallest volcanic structure and stands...

La Gomera, the ancient forests on the island in the clouds

Over 12 million years ago a series of oceanic rifts allowed molten rock to vent onto the floor of the Atlantic Ocean. As they piled higher and higher a series of islands formed off the north African coast. One of the last islands to emerge from the ocean was La Gomera...

In pictures, a walking tour of Florence

As well as lots of delicious cooking, and of course eating, during my recent trip to Tuscany, my host Flavours Holidays included not only a wine tasting trip but also a day out in Florence. After all, it would be a crime to visit this part of Tuscany and not see both...

Top 10 things to do in Rome

Rome has to be one of Europe's most popular city breaks and on my first visit I was mesmerised by her history and splendour. I spent an exhausting few days trying to cram in as much as possible, then rather regretted not taking things a little slower,...

The magic of Brussels at Christmas, Part 1

Decadent Wittamer hot chocolate and the beauty of Brussels' Grand Place... I've recently returned from a wonderful weekend exploring Brussels in all her Christmas finery. For many years now I've been longing to visit Belgium but I had never quite made it there, other...

The exquisite Ravenna mosaics

While I had heard of the Ravenna mosaics, I had no idea just what an amazing experience visiting them would be. They are among the most beautiful things I have ever seen and it is no wonder that these unique early Christian monuments are all listed as UNESCO World...

Girolata and the Scandola Nature Reserve

Earlier in the month I took you on a mini tour through Corsica by car and showed you just a few of the breathtaking views and delightful hill-top villages that can only by reached by car (or the most arduous of bike rides). Today I'd like to take you to the hamlet of...

Echoes from the past on Gorée Island

The boat leaves Dakar in Senegal and it isn't long before, Gorée Island comes into view. Pastel coloured, European-style buildings, palm trees, blue skies and blue seas. The scene is like no other I have seen in West Africa.   The tiny island of Gorée, a UNESCO...

England’s Historic City of Bath

As I was growing up my family's annual holiday was in Wiltshire in the south-west of England and each year we took the opportunity to visit the picturesque city of Bath in the neighbouring county of Somerset. I recently returned there and was delighted to find it just...

The mystery of Stonehenge

I haven't seen Stonehenge, one of England's most famous and oldest landmarks, since I was a little girl. To be honest I really can't remember much about it, so I was very excited to be going again on Viator’s Independent Stonehenge and Bath Tour from London. Although...

Portovenere, the Cinque Terre and heaps of spaghetti with pesto

This delightful medieval town lies on the Golf dei Poeti, to the east of the Liguria region and was once a favourite haunt of the poets Byron and Shelley. It is well worth a visit if you are in the area although it can get very busy at weekends. Named after the...

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