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Europe

The Ritz-Carlton Abama

The Moorish red palace-like Ritz-Carlton Abama stands tall on the hills outside Costa Adeje.  Flanked by a pristine golf course and banana plants it takes its dominant stance and exudes luxury.  A powerful statement hotel where everything you experience delivers on that promise and where every need is tended to. Upon arrival you will be […]

Our Normandy Adventure: Part III

Day 4 One thing you have to do when in France is to try a French breakfast and make it local.  We headed to the tiny bakery in Saint-Aubin-Sur-Mer and were like kids in a sweet shop.  The range was quite astonishing considering its size. We picked an apple based pastry and a custard filled […]

Our Normandy Adventure: Part II

Day 2 Caen Feeling refreshed after a great night’s sleep, we set off at around 9am to Caen.  Caen was heavily bombed in the war and was left with just one medieval street remaining. However, the city does not look as modern as some of the others which rose from the ashes.  The cathedral, rebuilt after […]

Our Normandy Adventure: Part I

As I walked along the beach at Omaha, still golden in the low winter sun, watching families building sandcastles and holding the hand of my better half, I could not imagine the horrors that struck this place just 72 years ago.  That’s tangible history and yet it didn’t seem possible watching the scene unfold before […]

For the love of Baklava

One of my all time favourite desserts is Baklava and the best I have ever tasted was in Fiskardo, Kefalonia (although my parents have just returned from the island and still say mine is better and so I will take that!). Mine is a combination of a traditional Greek receipe and Lorraine Pascal’s baklava recipe. Give it a […]

Cycle the Camino de Santiago

This 500 mile route stretching through the north of Spain has been witness to thousands of pilgrims each making their way to Santiago de Compostela’s Cathedral, the final restring place of St James.  The pilgrimage is believed by some to be one of three pilgrimages for which the sins of the pilgrim will be forgiven. […]

The Famous Five

The Cinque Terre walk (Italy) can be completed within a day.  The route takes in the 5 pretty villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and finally Riomaggiore. Taking some time to stop in each, the route is likely to take about 7 hours (5 hours walking and 2 hours for sight seeing and refuelling.  You […]

Walking the Isle of Man

When you think of the Isle of Man, what most likely comes to mind is preconceived ideas of motorcycle racing, cats with no tails and a tax haven for the wealthy.  But what you may not realise is that it’s something of a walker’s delight as well. Located slap bang in the middle of the […]

10 Things to do in Tenerife

1. Farmers Market Visit the Agromercado in Adeje.  This is a farmers market where locals do their shopping.  When we visited, we were the only British voices there and so it’s a great way to test your Spanish! However, if your Spanish is limited please do not be put off.  We were self catering and […]

A weekend in Yorkshire

Do you want to spend a night away from home, leave all your stress and worries behind and indulge in beautiful countryside and welcoming village life?  Step forward Yorkshire.  We spent 2 days away and came home feeling thoroughly refreshed.  The people are friendly, the food is excellent and there is enough to see and […]

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