Zürich… take time out in this Swiss haven

Zürich Switzerland has – for as long as I can remember – been very much on my to-do list, but far too readily shunted down the agenda in place of other destinations. It was time for Holly and I to put that right. The difficulty came, however, working out where in this land-locked nation to …

Sofia… the overlooked Balkan city

Sofia In the centre of the Balkans – sitting midway between the Black Sea and the Adriatic Sea – lies the Bulgarian capital of Sofia. Population-wise, Sofia is the 14th largest city in the European Union, and is surrounded by a vista of mountainsides; with Vitosha to the south, Lyulin to the west and the …

Northern Ireland… walking in the footsteps of giants

Northern Ireland and Belfast As the capital city of Northern Ireland, Belfast is the final piece in the Great British jigsaw. The city’s name means ‘mouth of the sand-bank ford’. It is the largest city of Northern Ireland – and the 12th-largest city in the United Kingdom and has a population of 343,542 as of 2019 – …

Lisbon… a city of sunshine and splendour

Lisbon The city of Lisbon – or Lisboa to give it its proper Portuguese name – sits in the idyllic position on the western Iberian Peninsula alongside the Atlantic Ocean and the River Tagus. As mainland Europe’s western-most capital city, Lisbon is one of the major economic centres on the continent. And as is the case with much of Europe, …

Gibraltar… adventures on the Rock

Gibraltar Located off the southern tip of Spain, Gibraltar remains a little piece of the United Kingdom basking in the Mediterranean sun. But far from being the literal definition of ‘Little Britain’, Gibraltar oozes with its own charm and personality for people who visit this micro-British territory. Despite, these days, having their own national football …

Vilnius… the Baltics’ last kept secret

Vilnius Lying deep behind where the former Iron Curtain once cast its oppressive shadow, the city of Vilnius probably remains the least visited capital city from any of the Baltic countries. Yet, slowly, it’s starting to be appearing more and more on intrepid travellers’ itineraries. And what a city full of surprises it is! With …

Paris… the lovers’ city

Paris Living just outside of London in Kent has its advantages. One of them being that – in normal times – it is very easy to get into Europe quickly from a plethora of airports and train stations, as well as numerous ferry terminals on the south coast. And there is no city easier to …

Dublin… how to spend a weekend in the Fair City

Dublin The city of Dublin may be synonymous with drinking holidays and rowdy stag-dos, but there is so much more to the Irish capital than beer, Guinness and pubs. This beautiful city is steeped in culture (the area of Dublin Bay has been inhabited by humans since prehistoric times) as well as brimming with entertainment. The mix …

The Great British road trip… exploring England, Scotland and Wales

Road Trip Hi everyone. This blog will be a little different to my normal posts so hopefully this will all workout OK. As Covid-19 is still taking the world by storm and has pretty much caused a halt to a lot of international travel, Holly and I have decided to take a three-week road trip …

Malta… islands in the sun

Malta The island nation of Malta was one that was never particularly on my radar. After all, I’m not someone who gets much pleasure out of a beach holiday. Yet, as I was to find out, there is so much more to this tiny spec of land on the edge of Europe. The Republic of …