My Travel Genie

Europe

5 tips for Respectful and Ethical travel

Tip 1 Travel on foot, bike, bus and train wherever possible when you arrive at your destination.  You never quite get to know a city until you have walked it.  We found a lot of hidden gems in New York thanks to taking only one subway whilst there. Tip 2 Learn basic phrases in the […]

Malta: The City Break

Many people think of Malta and think of a week or two long holiday but we love Malta for a city break.  We spent 3 nights and 2.5 days on the island discovering just some of its jewels and look forward to returning again soon. Where to stay 5* luxury – The Westin Dragonara, St […]

Our Further Italian Wonders

We visited many other locations on our Italian road trip this summer and it’s difficult to include them all within just one week and so in addition to the wonderful Alberobello and surrounding areas, Volo Dell’Angelo, Maratea and Matera already mentioned this week, here are a few of our further favourites: Craco This is one […]

Matera

Once the embarrassment of Italy, this is now the jewel in its crown.  Steeped in history, this is possibly the world’s longest living civilisation, having been occupied since the Paleolithic era.  In the 1950s this place had an open sewer running through the streets; Matera was a problem but now it’s a symbol of hope, […]

Maratea

A hidden corner of Italy harbours a beautiful secret that is Maratea.  I inadvertently stumbled across this treasure in a fictional novel; reading about the pomegranate tree, Christ the Redeemer Statue and the homely Villa Rosa.  To discover just a few months later that this place existed meant there was only one thing for it…….I […]

Volo Dell’Angelo

We booked our flight on the internet in advance of our trip to Italy and opted to begin our journey in Castelmezzano, over to Pietrapertosa.  We parked on the side of the road in Castelmezzano and walked to the tourist office to collect our tickets.  It’s about a 10 minute quick walk through the town […]

Alberobello

About an hour south of Bari airport you will find this gem of a town, partially sleepy and partially buzzing with tourists.  The old whitewashed funnel-topped trulli houses sit nestled in the hillside basking in the Italian sunshine and are symbolic of this region’s past.  Previously built to be easily dismantled, these now sturdy buildings […]

Our Rough Notes: 2 Nights in Berlin

To us Berlin is about history.  It’s also about other things….club culture for example…..but that’s another blog.  We have focused on a short city break taking in some famous sights and hopefully a ready-to-go guide for anyone thinking of visiting.  Berlin is a great city break because it’s not too far away, most sights are […]

Day Trip to Paris

Is it really possible?  Worthwhile?  A waste of time, money or sleep? Let me tell you what we got up to and see if this helps you decide whether a day trip to Paris is something to consider. We set off at 5am from Warwick one cold Saturday in February for our day trip to […]

How to pack light and avoid checking in your case

When you are heading off for a short break, you don’t want to be taking a lot of luggage with you, especially as this is likely to lead to pricey checked luggage charges.  I am terrible for taking too much with me and no matter how hard I try to scale my luggage down, it’s […]

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