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Bella Marbella

Bella Marbella

We visted Marbella over Easter long weekend…I’ll be honest, for the most part we were those ‘Brits on tour’ down at the port side. However for one beautiful day we checked out the old town of Marbella and, well, you can see where it got it’s name! I can highly recommend Bar Altamirano for amazing seafood … Continue reading

February funshine: Winter in Gran Canaria

February funshine: Winter in Gran Canaria

Well this year I hit fabulous 30. Not deterred by the milestone, I sought to make it the sunniest birthday month possible in the midst of a European winter…hence why I headed to (pretty much!) Africa. No longer content to just go for a nice birthday meal, in recent years my friends have embarked on … Continue reading

Barcelona Bits and Pieces

Barcelona Bits and Pieces

I’ve been to Barcelona a few times and I feel almost at home wandering the magical Gothic Quarter now. Oh to live in Barcelona…what a life that would be. The tapas, the beach, the art. The sangria. No longer content to just book a nice restaurant to celebrate our birthdays, my girlfriends and I have lined … Continue reading

Madrid Weekender

Madrid Weekender

When I got back from winter in Australia and the weather seemed to be turning cool in London already, I immediately booked in a couple of trips to Spain, Portugal and Italy as a sort of reward to myself for not complaining too much about my increasingly cold toes. It doesn’t work – I still … Continue reading

Following the sun (and the Son) for Easter

Following the sun (and the Son) for Easter

Ah sun, glorious sun. It only took about five minutes before I could feel my sad, dry, pale, quasi-British skin crisping up in the boiling 19 degree heat of Palma de Mallorca and let me tell you, it hurt so good. We had a lovely, long girls’ weekend in this beautiful capital of the Spanish Balearic … Continue reading

Top five cities for life – to celebrate 100 posts!

Top five cities for life – to celebrate 100 posts!

To celebrate my hundredth post I have decided to do the ubiquitous ‘my bestest ever cities I’ve travelled!’ list. I’ve chosen five cities with that ‘I could definitely live here’ vibe. I could put in all sorts of qualifications of this being ‘so far’ and ‘only my opinion’ and ‘all about the individual experience’ but, … Continue reading

Barcelona, third time lucky

Barcelona, third time lucky

I am lucky indeed to have visited Barcelona for the third time in as many years. What a beautiful city it is. I could live there forever, eating all the tapas, soaking up all the sun and buying all the clothes in El Born. My first trip was in winter with Mum, then in a … Continue reading

Spanish Basque…from pintxos to planted puppies

Spanish Basque…from pintxos to planted puppies

Packing away the scarves and hats from the Fêtes de Bayonne, we took a 30 minute train journey from Biarritz, and La Pays Basque suddenly transformed into El País Vasco. The change is instant. On the Euskotren from Hendaye in France, as soon as we hit Irun in Spain the architecture morphed upwards and palm trees seemed to … Continue reading

Barcelona burrrrn

Barcelona burrrrn

Thou shalt not expose thine white European body to four hours of Spanish midday sun. Spending five days with my brother (the tannedest damn person on earth) in Barcelona was exactly what I need to give my winter skin some colour….Espagna red. All I can think right now is soulagement. A word that I think … Continue reading

EuroChristmas

EuroChristmas

Mulled Wine:  Persimmons (fruit of Christmas!): Two weeks of Christmas holidays, four countries, snow, beach, pastries galore, castles, cocktails and rendez-vous with my favourite people. Thank you Lord for landing me in Europe! Christmas in Budapest – gulash, snow and icy toes! While Western Europe sweltered in unprecedented December double digits, Naomi and I got … Continue reading