Castle Island, Lough Key, Ireland on a LeBoat holiday

Beginner’s Self Drive Le Boat Holiday in Ireland 

“This is like a scene out of Disney’s Jungle Cruise!” Captain Zac was right. As we gently cruised along a narrow stretch of inky water surrounded by lush vegetation that was so very very green it almost looked fake, it did feel like we were on a Disney ride. Or perhaps in a Disney film.Read More

Top travel apps for planning and enjoying a trip

Twelve Great Travel Apps To Pack in Your Phone 

From planning your trip to making life easy in a strange land, having the right travel apps in your phone can have a big impact on your holiday experience. Here are a dozen that help make me an appy traveller. GoEuro  Comparing flights between cities is easy online. Comparing rail, bus and air transport optionsRead More

Star Flyer tall ship in the Med

Star Flyer Tall Ship Tales – Luxury Sailing with Star Clippers 

“Oh wow, look at that one! Who owns that?!” My friend Scott and I had finished walking part of the Cinque Terre and were relaxing in Portofino when we saw it: a huge white sailing ship with wind-filled white sails, cutting through the blue water. It looked like something out of a painting or storybook,Read More

View of Cannes from the five star luxury hotel La Grand Hotel, Cannes,

Le Grand Hotel Cannes, the Small Luxury Hotel on La Croisette

On the catwalk of Cannes that is La Croisette there are designer stores, luxury hotels, beach bars and restaurants where people watching is definitely on the menu. There is also a very long, very green lawn. Which seems so decadent when space is at such a premium on the hottest strip in this glamorous seasideRead More

Zurich city

Why I Love Drinking Water Out of Fountains in Zurich

The first time you see someone lean into a decorative fountain in Zurich, open their mouth and drink the water straight from the statue of a fish or some other creature, it’s a strange sight. You may think they’re risking a very upset stomach with such a move, but there’s no need for concern asRead More

Historic Nyhavn in Copenhagen, where Canal Boat tours start and end

I Love Copenhagen in The Spring Time

The sun is out. The cherry blossoms are out. And the people are most definitely out. As we walk along the water’s edge there are groups of friends happily sprawled on the grass, some with picnic blankets and drinks, others just feeling the grass beneath them with their smiling faces to the sun. The localRead More

Switzerland by Train, image courtesy RailEurope

Relaxing on The Rails: Loving Train Travel in Europe

As much as I love to travel there are some things I don’t love. Airport security queues and the old liquids and laptops out of bags, everything out of pockets and shoes off routine are up there on the list; worrying whether my bags are the right weight and how much it will cost ifRead More

Titanic Belfast, image Chris Hill for Tourism Ireland

A Brilliant City Break in Belfast

“Have you been to Belfast? You have to go!” It’s always a good sign when you start insisting that your friends visit the place you’ve just come back from, and as I caught myself saying these words to pretty much every friend I caught up with in London I knew Belfast had got me good.Read More

Lake Windermere view from Storrs Hall

Poetry, Perfect Plates and Picturesque Scenes in England’s Lake District

There are some places in this world that make you feel like you’ve stepped into a painting or a book or even a poem. The almost ridiculously picturesque Lake District in the northwest of England is one of those places. There’s something about those stone fences and rolling green hills, about the charming villages withRead More

Eiffel Tower view, image courtesy PARISCityVISION

Making Time for Paris

… This post is brought to you by ParisCityVision … Paris. Just the name conjures up images of romantic walks along the Seine, indulging in some of the best shopping in the world, wandering through incredible art galleries and whiling away the hours sitting in outdoor cafes and watching Parisian life go by. But ofRead More