Cordoba | Thank Goodness For Umbrellas

We woke up on our last day in Barcelona to find a storm raging in full force. I took some time to sit and watch the lightning break over the city, lighting everything up, before chucking the last bits in the backpacks and checking out of the hotel. Although we’d…

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Barcelona | Turning 30 In Style

Early mornings are reserved work days and morning flights. I’m a firm believer that early mornings and holidays don’t mix, but when it’s your boyfriend’s 30th birthday, you’re in Barcelona and his parents have come to the city for the first time for just 24 hours, there’s a certain amount…

Barcelona | Welcome Back!

After waiting six years to return to the first city ever to steal my heart, I was so excited to get out and explore Barcelona again! After leaving the beautiful sunshine and warmth in Rome, we decided to head straight for a coffee to warm up and start our day…

Rome – Barcelona | Travel Day

As with all days, the plan was to get up, packed and out early so we could fit in some last sights before leaving for Barcelona. And not one to want to break the habit of a lifetime, it took me longer than hoped to get ready. After tucking into…

Rome | Roman Ruins, Colosseum And Yet More Ruins

City breaks are anything but relaxing for me. I want to cram in as much as I can while I’m in the city. However, despite my best intentions, I am apparently incapable of getting up and out early! Anything before 11am is an accomplishment, and today’s 10.30am departure was a…

Rome | A Vatican Kinda Day

After the chaos of the crowds yesterday, I was keen to give Rome the chance it deserved and really let myself fall in love with the city. Over a delicious breakfast, the plan was set that we’d head to Vatican City and try to see as many churches as possible…

Rome | Did Someone Say Crowded?

Early morning flights are a great idea until you’re waking up at 3am fumbling around in the dark trying to pack the last minute bits without waking up your boyfriend before you have to. Forget never wake a sleeping child…never wake a sleeping man before it is necessary to! Once…

Postcard from…Barcelona

Barcelona was the first city I ever visited on a city break. At the tender age of 21, I thought I’d smashed my experience of Barcelona, but in hindsight it wasn’t until I picked up this postcard that I realised just how much I’d missed out on. Although I had…

Pisa | More Than Just A Wonky Tower?

Waking up on our last day in Pisa, our bags were quickly packed and left with the reception desk. Having booked our tickets to climb the tower the day before, I was concerned our climb slot of 9.30am was going to be ambitiously early for me, but here we were,…

Pisa | A Day Of Spas and Train Dramas

After a couple of days exploring Florence, it was time to jump back on the train and see what Pisa has to offer. I’d checked the train timetable and as the trains run frequently between the two cities we were in no rush to get to the station. A final…

Florence | High Hills, Duomos and Hidden Markets

Our only full day in Florence was packed to the brim with things we wanted to see and do, and because of time limits we had to pick a few things that we’d be happy to see but would only go inside and explore if we had the time. After…

Florence | The Perfect Italian Introduction

After visiting Venice and Verona a year ago, I fell in love with Italy! I’ve been keen to get back there ever since, and for reasons I can’t remember I decided next up would be a long weekend to Pisa and Florence. After a slight mix up with booking our…

11 Signs That Florence Has Flair

It’s not often I take note of road signs when I visit a new country, as I’m often walking around on foot and don’t need to know if that street is one way or if the speed limit is 40km – how fast even is that? But on my recent trip to Florence…

Postcards from…Canterbury Cathedral

Back from Palma for less than 12 hours and I was in the car, off to visit family who have just moved to the South East of England. To break up the journey, my boyfriend and I were stopping off in Canterbury to have a look around and see the…

Palma | Sightseeing In The Capital

The capital of Mallorca, Palma is a city I could wander around for days on end. I first visited for a city break in 2014, and made my way back in October for a last minute holiday in the sun in the nearby resort of Playa de Palma. Although the…

10 Reasons To Visit Puerto de la Cruz

Tenerife is a popular holiday destination for us Brits, and for many other nationalities too. The year round sun, delicious food and short flight time make it an ideal getaway from most European countries. But while many tourists flock for the southern resorts of Los Cristianos, Playa de las Americas…

Palma | Sun, Sand and Cycling

After a busy few months at work, I was in desperate need of a break away. The sun beating down on me, a spacious pool, good food and absolutely nothing on the itinerary but a few books and regular sun cream top ups. As it got closer to the time…

Relais Venezia, Venice

In a city as compact as Venice, there are hotels within a stone’s throw of most places. But, trying to find somewhere central, comfortable and at a reasonable price is tricky in a city where most places carry a Venetian price tag. Location Just a few minutes’ walk from the…

Postcards from…Playa de Palma

After my first visit to Palma in 2014 for a city break, I absolutely fell in love with the city. The food, the weather, the language, the architecture, the winding side streets…there are many, many reasons I have been keen to get back there ever since. Booking a last minute…

Postcards from…Verona

My original intention was to travel from Venice to Strasbourg via Milan, where I’d have a brief stopover before continuing on to France. As I discussed my travel plans with an Italian colleague, she didn’t look too sure. After asking my reasons for heading to Milan specifically, she suggested looking…