Scotland: An Exquisite Stay at Nira Caledonia, Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a fantastic city and one that we have visited previously. However, and I’ll be honest, it was a weekend with friends to watch the rugby, drink an obscene amount of beer and cheer on our team. Therefore, we did not get to fully experience the city and see what wonders it has to offer. So, when we were invited to stay at the luxury boutique award winning Nira Caledonia hotel, which is a member of the Small Luxury…

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Switzerland: A Winter Break In Basel

Every year, when possible, we head somewhere different for New Year and last year we decided on Basel, Switzerland. Having never visited Switzerland before we were excited to see what Basel had to offer. Armed with our winter woollies, we jumped on a plane, ready to hit the ground running and enjoy every second of our five-day city break over the New Year period. The first thing we noticed was how close Basel is to both the German and French…

England: Discover the Hidden Gems of Cumbria

The beautiful Lake District is a wonderful location for short breaks and holidays but can become extremely busy at certain times of year as it’s such a popular tourist destination. If you plan your trip to the Lakes with care, though, you could arrange visits to some of the hidden gems in the Cumbrian area and avoid the large crowds that come with popular attractions. What’s more, you’ll get to explore some genuine Cumbrian countryside, and learn more about the…

Italy: 5 Reasons Why It Is Our Favourite Country

Having just returned from our seventh Italian adventure in ten years, with our eighth planned for the not too distant future, I think it is evident that we love Italy. I’m sure everyone has their own favourite country and whenever they think of it, they drift off into a daydream, I know for a fact we do. We love it that much, we have even contemplated moving there and experiencing the Italian way of life permanently – THE DREAM! So…

England: 10 Things to Do During Your First Visit to London

Are you planning on visiting England this summer? If so, you are in luck, there are so many things to see and do in this magnificent country of mine and I am here to let you know about some of them. If you are flying into England, especially if it is your first visit, you are more than likely planning to explore London and surrounding area, maybe you would like to visit and explore further afield? But where to start?…

England: A Divine Stay At The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa, Yorkshire

Not all travel has to involve strapping on your hiking boots and hitting the streets, mountains or trails and as frequent travellers, we often have to remind ourselves of that. Our natural instinct is to explore for hours on end to combat the fear of missing out. So when the opportunity to relax comes along, we have to remind ourselves to grasp it and embrace it. Therefore, when we were invited to visit the Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa, which…

England: Review of The Artists’ Corner, Harrogate

Being from a fabulous Yorkshire Town, I have an affinity for them. Therefore, when we were invited to stay at the Artists’ Corner, one of the properties that make up the Artists’ Cottages portfolio of holiday lets in Harrogate we were very excited. We have visited Harrogate a number of times, it is beautiful and often listest as one of the best places to live in England and I can completely understand why. In fact, if it wasn’t landlocked and Mr…

England: Hiding Out at The HIDEOUT Hotel, Hull

Hailing from Hull, East Yorkshire in the North East of England we are both familiar with the city – the top attractions to see, the places to grab the best bites and the bars that serve killer cocktails. One thing, it appears we were not up on were the places to stay! Hull has a number of big, faceless, chain hotels, which of course serve their purpose but do not have character or personality. However, we were brought up to…

Poland: 6 Great Things To Do In Gdańsk

Visiting Poland had always been somewhere we had wanted to visit, so when we came across ridiculously cheap (£20 return) flights to Gdańsk, it made sense for us to visit. We planned our visit for the end of January, therefore we knew it was going to be cold, but we did not realise just how cold until we actually arrived. Luckily we had packed for the occasion complete with snow boots, winter woollies and all the knitted accessories you can think…

The Netherlands: Got To Go To Gouda

Our self-appointed quest to discover and explore the smaller cities and towns in The Netherlands, following our recent visits to both Utrecht and Leiden, last month saw us head to Gouda located in South Holland. Our journey to The Netherlands started like all the previous couple of dozen or so before it, on the P&O ferry crossing from our hometown of Hull on the North East Coast of England. Unfortunately, for us, the Beast from the East made the journey…

England: Top Things To Do During A Weekend In London

Even as Brits we love nothing more than a weekend in London. We live up in rural East Yorkshire and yes we have cities close by, but nothing compares to the hustle and bustle of The Big Smoke. London is super accessible with numerous airports, the Eurostar terminal and direct train routes from all over the country, making it a great destination for a day trip, weekend, or even longer, budget dependant of course. We make the journey at least…

Europe: What to Take with You When Travelling

Travelling to and/or around Europe is exciting. Europe is a rich and varied place, with many different countries, cultures and cuisines to experience. It will be difficult to get bored, as there are so many things to see, do and experience, you’ll make memories that will last a lifetime. As the time to leave gets closer to set off on your trip, you may be wondering what to take along with you. Here’s a quick list of things that will be…

England: 5 Prestigious Must Attend Events in 2018

England’s Spring/Summer social calendar or “The Season”as it’s known as, is held in high regard and is certainly a jam-packed one this year with many gatherings, festivals and elegant, often elite, events to choose from and be seen at. Maybe you have plans or even tickets to attend one of them already? If not, now is the time to ensure your entrance as many sell out weeks, if not months in advance. Regardless, of your interests or hobbies, the likelihood…

England: Having Our Tastebuds Tantalised at Tapasya, Hull

If you are anything like us, when you see a new restaurant pop up in your local village, town or city, you say to yourself or each other ‘oh we really must try that new place’. Right? Mr ESLT and I definitely said that to each other when the new Indian restaurant Tapasya opened up on Beverley High Road in our home city of Hull. Well, that was 5 years ago, back in 2013 and up until a couple of…

England: A Magnificent Weekend In Manchester with Roomzzz

Manchester is one of, if not, my most favourite northern English city. It has everything you need for a great visit regardless of what you are interested in. With a great mixture of high-street, designer and boutique shops, sports teams galore and more bars and restaurants than you can shake a stick at, together with a million and one other amazing and unique things; I genuinely do not think I would or could ever tire of visiting the cosmopolitan city…

Poland: Food & Drink For The Gallivanting Gourmets in Gdańsk

Looking back at all the food I wouldn’t eat as a child is actually shocking and if only I could go back in time and tell my stubborn younger self to suck it up and eat, or at least sample, all the food given to me. Some of my now favourite foods I actually didn’t try until my late teens/early 20s. It certainly wasn’t because my parents didn’t try; it was simply because I was fussy. Yup, a whole 20…

UK: Coastal Stays vs Country Stays

With miles and miles of glorious coastline and countryside, we’re spoiled for choice in the UK when it comes to choosing a destination for our next break, regardless of where you live. But how do coast and country breaks compare? And do we prefer to feel the sea breeze in our hair and sand between our toes, or is the peace and quiet of the countryside much more appealing?

Germany: Christmas Market Magic in Frankfurt

Having visited Christmas markets in a number of European countries, there really is nowhere that does it quite like Germany. In the past we have visited Düsseldorf, Cologne and Berlin Christmas markets are loved them all. From the smell of the sizzling bratwurst to the lashings of steaming glühwein German Christmas markets are, for me, the epitome of Christmas and if I get the chance to visit one, I jump at the chance. Therefore when our friend asked if we would like…

UK: Top 5 Caravan Destinations to Visit

The UK is beautiful, maybe I’m biased because I live here, but it really is. More often than not we fly off to far-flung destinations in search of amazing places when in reality there are so many on our doorstep. Therefore, this year we have made the conscious decision that we will explore the UK more, especially as we love a good old road trip. There are many ways we could do this, as there are many options available when…

The Netherlands: Rotterdam's Market Hall – A Foodies' Heaven

I’ve visited Rotterdam around 10 times, possibly more, over the years and have seen it be transformed from a rather grotty (sorry!) city to a thriving cosmopolitan city which rivals its big brother Amsterdam as the perfect place to head for a weekend break.  With the recent announcement that Eurostar trains will soon be stopping at Rotterdam Central train station, it will make the trip from London super easy. We always jump on the overnight P&O ferry from our hometown Hull…

Europe: Top 10 Ski Runs

If you’re a skier, whatever your level and you are looking for the ultimate pow pow then look no further than Europe. It is home to giant peaks and vast mountain ranges across a number of countries, which is why millions of skiers flock to resorts across the continent every year.