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A city that lived up to expectations

A city that lived up to expectations

When I wrote this post originally back in July 2015 Budapest was hailed as the undiscovered city in Europe, somewhere which isn’t as popular as say Prague but still has the same history and quirks and interesting people. It is true to say it is an pearl of a place, its interesting streets and squares with architecture which could transport you anywhere round the world whilst having so much of its own charm. Since 2015 it has become a lot… View Post

Our 36 hours in Tallinn

Our 36 hours in Tallinn

Tallinn is the capital of Estonia, located at the top of the country just across the way from Helsinki and a little ‘down the road’ from St Petersburg. It’s a cute little city made up of cobbled streets and historic buildings. It is also on a hill which makes for some great look out points. Walk around town We spent roughly 36 hours in Tallinn split over 2 days at the end of our Baltic adventure. We lucked out with… View Post

An Estonian Beach Break

An Estonian Beach Break

We’d been having a relaxing few days in the Baltic states but it was time for some mid-week pure relaxation before we headed to Tallinn and Helsinki. This came in the form of the seaside town of Parnu. Situated right on the beach it is a popular spot for lots of Europeans to holiday with white sandy beaches and a history as a spa town. Parnu is known for its mud spas. The most famous of which now houses the… View Post

The Cirulisi Nature Trail

The Cirulisi Nature Trail

Latvia so far has proved to be full of surprises and the countryside was no different. We had spent the morning exploring Cesis castle but the afternoon proved that wildlife is elusive even when you can blatantly hear it! I found out about the Ciruilsi Nature Trail on Pinterest and it was surprisingly easy to find, only about 10 minutes from our lodge. There are lots of walks and off road cycling you can do in the area. Today felt… View Post

Exploring the Latvian Countryside

Exploring the Latvian Countryside

After a grey couple of days in Riga, we were ready for some sunshine and countryside. We were lucky to get both. After picking up our rental car, a rather snazzy black golf from Sixt, we ventured out into the Latvian countryside. Driving in Latvia, and Estonia to be honest, was a little like taking your life in your own hands. They all have relatively slow speed restrictions but very, very few people follow them. Add that to their main… View Post

Our 48 hours in Riga

Our 48 hours in Riga

Day 1  Riga surprised me as European cities go, mainly because I had heard so many conflicting opinions on whether it was a good place to go or not. Despite the rain and the cold, on the whole, we enjoyed our time there, enough to consider hopping back over the Baltic Sea in the future just for a weekend. Plus we discovered an excellent underground pub that is worth a trip on its own. Riga was the entry point to… View Post

A day in a town called Limerick

A day in a town called Limerick

Our last day in Ireland was spent in Limerick, we had driven there from the cliffs the day before and checked into a beautiful hotel. It is a bit of a shame that the hotel was really the only bit of Limerick that we liked. You’ll also see from the photo’s that Limerick was pretty grey and (in our opinion) uninspiring.  The weather likely had something to do with it as it was dreary which just didn’t help the cities… View Post

A walk along The Cliffs of Moher

A walk along The Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher in County Clare quite often makes the news, sometimes for good things like it’s views and wildlife and sometimes for tragic accidents due to the sheer nature of the cliffs. It is equally both alluring and scary at the same time. As Ireland’s most visited natural attraction it is often at the top of lists of what to see in Ireland. Plus if the nickname Emerald Isle is anything to go by it will be green!… View Post

Windmills, ferries and scenic roads – Wild Atlantic Way

Windmills, ferries and scenic roads – Wild Atlantic Way

We were heading towards to famous Atlantic Way, with promises of epic views, twisting roads and more nature then you can shake a stick out. Well we did find exactly that. We started our day with breakfast in the castle (after an early start as our bedroom was located underneath the breakfast room) but it didn’t leave much to be desired. The novelty of staying in a castle made the stay but it wasn’t ‘all that’. Our first stop of… View Post

A Christmas break in the Cotswold’s

A Christmas break in the Cotswold’s

Driving down the long drive into the valley to the side of Fish Hill the automatic gates open and we step into the wonderful world of The Fish.  We’ve now begun a mini tradition of taking a short break in the Cotswolds pre-Christmas to have some quality time and a much needed rest. In 2017 we visited in early December and in 2018 we went just a couple of days before the big day, both years we have opted to… View Post

A look back on 2018

A look back on 2018

2018 has been fantastic, we have travelled a lot and made the most of the time we have off. We’ve had some fantastic experiences, ticked off some bucket list items and laughed almost every day. Of course there has been a lot of time that we’ve spent sat behind a desk or doing laundry but I suppose those moments help give clarity on the moments that really matter. 2018 Top Experiences: Each year just keeps getting better and better! Check… View Post

A walk in Killarney National Park

A walk in Killarney National Park

Our day started with a travel let down and ended with a whiskey in a castle. What more could you want from a day on the emerald isle? As ever with travel there are circumstances and places that you go to where you think what on earth were people thinking when they recommend this place. We felt that way about Kinsale. Perhaps a bit harshly but I just couldn’t see what all the fuss was about. Kinsale is well known… View Post

A Day Trip to Kilkenny

A Day Trip to Kilkenny

After spending a great few days in Dublin we were ready to head out into the Irish countryside. I love nothing more than setting out on a road trip to see more of a country, although sometimes stressful I’ll opt for a road trip whenever I can. Our first intended location was the town of Kilkenny which is a couple of hours outside of Dublin. The driving was pretty uneventful but I’ve read that many visitors who are used to… View Post

Whisky & Guinness – Dublin Day 2

Whisky & Guinness – Dublin Day 2

After an action packed first day in Dublin our second day was a little more sedate, plus it was Stuart’s birthday so an excuse for some celebrating! Our morning began much like many mornings in Ireland, with an Irish breakfast. We wanted to head back to Tang but it was shut, today we were lucky enough to get a table at Beanhive.  The breakfast was tasty and the weather blissful. After we filled up on food and coffee we began… View Post

Dublin – An underwhelming top attraction and a bucket …

Dublin – An underwhelming top attraction and a bucket list item

As a lover of maximising my time in a destination we opted to fly from London to Dublin late Friday night to be ready to begin our week long Irish trip on Saturday morning. That plan worked perfectly apart from the fact our hotel (as gorgeous as it was) basically became a night club on a Friday and Saturday night. We woke a little tired but ready to get going. Of course, first up was some food as exploring on… View Post

The other side of Cuba – Varadero

The other side of Cuba – Varadero

Cuba is overwhelming, it is a culture shock for those of us who live in the UK, they speak a foreign language and the weather in warm. All in all after 2 weeks of on the go travel we knew we would need a rest. We went to an all inclusive resort in Mexico for our honeymoon so thought we would give it another go. Varadero is renowned for being the all inclusive centre of Cuba. It’s not far from… View Post

Trinidad stole my heart – what to eat & drink

Trinidad stole my heart – what to eat & drink

As I mentioned in post about what to do while you’re in Trinidad, it stole my heart. I still think about spending time there now and it was 100% my favourite place in Cuba. So, you know how to spend your time there but what to do when you fancy stopping for some food and drink? Small disclaimer – I am rubbish at taking photos food and drink and I am not a food blogger so you’ll have to take… View Post

Trinidad Stole My Heart – What To Do While …

Trinidad Stole My Heart – What To Do While You’re There

Part of Trinidad’s charm is that it’s a small city that has plenty of roads to wander, parks to sit in and architecture to admire. It also has its fair share of museums and things to do but if I’m honest my favourite thing was just sitting and watching the world go by. I feel head over heels for Trinidad. We spent a good few days here so got to know it’s streets and it’s quirks more than the other… View Post