The Traveller’s Table is a wonderful collection of recipes from some of my favourite Mediterranean cuisines – Mallorca, Corsica and Greece – each of which I have waxed lyrical about here on my blog in recent years, plus another that I would very much like to get better acquainted with, Turkey.
The squelch of grapes and squeals of joy met us in Locorotondo, Puglia, to celebrate the grape harvest in this lovely region of Italy.
Glamping by Lake Bled at the foot of the Julian Alps, in cosy wooden huts, each with their own hot tub. The perfect setting for a romantic break for two and my favourite place to stay in Slovenia.
When an invite came to visit Slovenia, to glamp by the stunningly picturesque Lake Bled, visit castles, stay in a spa retreat, discover Slovenia’s natural beauty and its cuisine, I was over the moon, as you can imagine.
But, and it was a big but, how would I cope with the hiking, canyoning and white water rafting that was also on the itinerary. Was I fit enough? The answer to that was a resounding “No”. While I was eager to try the rafting, long hikes up mountains and throwing myself off waterfalls was really not my style. And yet how could I say no?
A land enshrouded in mist and legend, dragons, imps and witches. Lakes that appear in a matter of days only to disappear once again as the seasons change, dragging thwarted lovers deep into the dank bowls of the earth. Majestic mountains climbing high above the clouds. Serene lakes and fairytale castles. Rivers that hurl themselves…
Enjoying the moment – As a blogger whenever I experience something new I can sometimes get a little carried away. It’s all too easy to get wrapped up in getting that stunning photo, not just on my camera but on my phone too for Instagram and Snapchat.
From the sun dried tomatoes of Ispica to the chilli chocolate of Modica, I recently spent a fabulous week discovering new flavours and meeting the wonderful people behind a delicious assortment of food in Sicily.
Walking through the streets of Rome as the sky displays an ever changing colour palette of pastel blues and pinks makes the city seem even more romantic. Having visited on my own, a couple of years ago, I’m so delighted that this time I am sharing this trip to the eternal city with Neill.
From the pastries in every pastelaria window to the roasted chestnuts being sold on every other street corner, I discovered a plethora of tasty treats to tempt me in my few short days in Lisbon. Here are my favourite finds, some hidden away in unexpected places, some a little more obvious. To help you find them they are all marked on this map, starting in the north of the Alfama district and the Doce Mila Pastelaria.
As people gathered by the waterfront at Terreiro do Paço watching the setting sun I found a perch on a low wall and joined them. A busker was playing a guitar, a beguiling melody drifting through the air. As the sky changed colours through shades of blues, pinks, golds and yellows, I sat there smiling to myself, feeling a sense of freedom and excitement. I’d arrived in Lisbon that afternoon and was wondering what adventures I would have over the next few days. There is something so exhilarating about visiting a new city alone.
Exploring the island of Thirassia, the little sister of Thira, better known as Santorini, is like stepping back in time. And what better way to discover the real Santorini than on foot, with a hike across the island from Manolas to the hidden village of Akrilia.
The university town of San Cristobal de La Laguna is the cultural centre of Tenerife with many historic buildings, cobbled street and charming courtyards waiting to be discovered.