Welcome to Weekend Wanderlust, a new series of posts dedicated to lazy Sunday mornings with all my latest travel news, reviews and competitions to keep you entertained as you drink a leisurely coffee or two. Dip in here and there or take your time and check it all out but most importantly of all, have a lovely, lazy Sunday.

Video: Flying high at the Festival of Speed

Last weekend saw the annual of Festival of Speed back in Goodwood amongst the picturesque South Downs in southern England. Aeroplanes, helicopters, cars and motorbikes, from vintage classics to the latest state of the art vehicles were on display. Exciting events throughout the day kept us entertained. One particular highlight for me was my first helicopter ride. We opted for the thrill seekers’ package and it certainly lived up to its name. I had no idea helicopters could fly at such crazy angles (other than in the movies that is). It wasn’t just me who was flying high, the boys from GAS – Goodwood Action Sports – were too. Imagine my surprise as walking around the festival I glanced up and saw a motorbike whizzing passed the tree tops. I had to investigate and this video will show you what I found. Watch it full screen to see exactly what these guys are doing – unbelievable!

There was one thing missing at the festival however – Formula E – the eco-friendly version of Formula 1. When I asked at the info desk about it they looked at me in horror and commented that “The roar of the engines and the smell of rubber” was  lacking with the electric cars of Formula E. I can see their point but I still think it was a great shame to leave it out entirely from the festival.

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Ragusa in southern Sicily

Sicily: From Baroque churches to chocolate tasting

Honey. Herbs. Sun-dried tomatoes. I’ve just got back from a fabulous week in Sicily getting to know the people behind some of the regions best-loved flavours including chocolate from Modica and the wines of Planeta. I also loved exploring the enchanting Baroque towns of the region such as Ragusa shown at the top. Even better I was with some really lovely people not just from Sicily but also mainland Italy, Malta, Georgia, the Ukraine…

Thanks to everyone who made this week so special, in particular the local producers who were more than happy to share their passion. More from Sicily coming soon.

Review: Craghoppers and an insect repelling sarong

I’ve recently started working with Craghoppers, the outdoor clothing specialists, and I’ll be reviewing a range of their travel accessories and clothing over the coming months. You can find these as well as other reviews at the bottom of my home page, from the camera equipment I use to my favourite travel reads.

One of the most useful items I had with me during my recent trip to Sicily was this colourful sarong.

Not only do I love the colour (so me!) and the versatility of a sarong, the fact that it helps keep mosquitoes away is a superb bonus.

Read my full review: NosiLife Sarong.


Archives: Uncovering the secrets of Bologna

Three years ago, I visited Emilia-Romagna for the first time, staying in Rimini and Bologna.

Both these lovely cities have so much to offer but one thing was top of my wish list of things to do, way and above everything else that this lovely Italian region has to offer, and that was to go in search of Bologna’s secret canals. Find out how I got on in my post, Uncovering the secrets of Bologna.

Competition: Win a GoPro

I recently bought my first GoPro and I love it! I’ll be reviewing it here soon but if you can’t wait to get your hands on one check out this year’s I Love Travel competition from Cyberlink. All you need to do is make a great video using their PowerDirect 13 software (a free trial version is available).

The first prize is a GoPro Hero4 Silver, just like mine, plus there are plenty of other great prizes up for grabs. Closing date: 7th September 2015.

To inspire you here’s last year’s wining video. For more details visit I Love Travel.

Update: British Columbia

I’ll soon be publishing the first article in a series of posts following my adventures in British Columbia last month. It’s the first time I’d visited Canada or even North America for that matter, so as you can imagine I was pretty excited. First stop Victoria, a laid back, friendly city, right on the edge of nature – watch this space.

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