• May 16, 2017

    Visited on a hideously hot day - 38 degrees! Which for a shade lover like myself made the experience hellish TBH. We didn't arrive until midday by which time there were huge queues for the cathedral and other attractions. With hindsigh...
  • Walthamstow, London, United Kingdom
    Apr 29, 2017

     Ever since I spotted this Aladdin's cave of neon enchantment I have wanted to visit God's Own Junkyard in the exotic spot of n industrial estate in Walthamstowe, E17! Stacked to the rafters with rainbow signs from girly bars to exit si...
  • Anglesey, United Kingdom
    Apr 20, 2017

  • Rome, Florence, Venice, Pisa, Lucca, Florence, Capri, Sorrento, Amalfi
    Apr 19, 2017

    Gelato is an integral part of Italy and you simply can't visit without consuming gut busting amounts of it. In fact I think it might be an actual law . .. .   I accidentally discovered the delight of Amarena (sour cherry) flavour after ...
  • Tokyo, Takayama, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Osaka
    Apr 19, 2017

     Of all the countries in the world, Japan has always seemed like a shimmering mirage, a pipe dream, my one true bucket list destination. If I am honest I never really believed I'd set foot in this almost mythical country. But as of 2016...
  • Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
    Apr 19, 2017

  • Apr 19, 2017

  • Rome, Venice, Pisa, Lucca, Anacapri, Sienna, Florence
    Apr 19, 2017

     We've visited Italy on several occasions over the years and consumed copacious amounts of wine along the way!
  • Apr 19, 2017

     We visited Tokyo as part of a whirlwind tour of Japan in 2016. There are 47 neighbourhoods in Japan and each has its own unique, distinctive charateristics. From the neon highrise and zany advertising of Shinjuku to the cutesy teen me...
  • Tokyo, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Osaka
    Oct 30, 2016

    We hopped on and off these super whizzy trains throughout our three week trip around Japan. For any train buffs out there, in total our bullet train trips were: JR Shinkansen TOHOKU from Ueno Station to Utsunomiya Station, we then tr...
  • Oct 14, 2016

    During our fantastical trip around Japan we saw many architectural delights including the castle at Osaka. On a clear sunny day, it stood proud against a perfect blue sky. The castle is one of Japan's most famous landmarks.   It's buil...
  • Oct 12, 2016

    The name Kinkaku is derived from the gold leaf that the pavilion is covered in. Gold was an important addition to the pavilion because of its underlying meaning.  The gold employed was to mitigate and purify any pollution or negative th...
  • Oct 12, 2016

    According to the legendary history of Kasuga Shrine, the god Takemikazuchi arrived in Nara on a white deer to guard the newly built capital of  Heijo-kyo. Since then the deer have been regarded as heavenly animals, protecting the city a...
  • Oct 12, 2016

    The amazing Fushimi Inari Taisha is the head shrine of Inari, located in Fushimi-Ku, Kyoto.   It is remarkable due to the 1000's of orange Tori gates that wind their way up to the top of the mountain. In some places, so closely packed t...
  • Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
    Oct 12, 2016

  • Oct 11, 2016

  • Arashiyama, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
    Oct 11, 2016

  • Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan
    Oct 7, 2016

    We visited the  town of Hiroshima, forever synonymous with the horrors of the atomic bomb in October 2016. Whenever we travel, we do our best to try and get beneath the surface of a country, to see all sides of it and it’s history. This...
  • Shirakawa-go, Shirakawa, Gifu Prefecture, Japan
    Oct 4, 2016

    Early in the morning we head out of Takayama by bus for a day trip to the stunning Shirakawa-go area. I’ve been waiting for this ever since I saw photos on the interweb!! Shirakawa-gō is an area that encompasses several small, tradition...
  • Oct 3, 2016

    We're determined to stay in one of the quirky capsule hotels that Japan is renowned for. We opt for the Booth Net Cafe and Capsule in the heart of manic Shinjuku. Men’s and women’s capsules are separated so we head off in different dir...
  • Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan
    Sep 30, 2016

    Kanmangafuchi is known for its row of about 70 stone statues of Jizo, a Bodhisattva who cares for the deceased. This particular group of Jizo statues is alternately called “Bake Jizo” (Ghost Jizo), “Narabi Jizo” (Jizo in a line) or “Hya...
  • Sep 30, 2016

  • Sep 30, 2016

     It would be a shame, nay a sacrilege, to come to Tokyo and not take a walk across the famous intersection outside Shibuya Station AKA the Shibuya Scramble! Rumoured to be the busiest intersection in the world (and definitely in Japan),...
  • Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo, Japan
    Sep 30, 2016

    Asakusa (浅草) is the centre of Tokyo’s shitamachi (literally “low city”), one of Tokyo’s districts, where an atmosphere of the Tokyo of past decades survives. Kaminarimon is the first of two large entrance gates leading to Sensoji Temple...
  • Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan
    Sep 30, 2016

      The UNESCO World Heritage Site Shrines and Temples of Nikkō includes 103 buildings and the stunning natural setting around them. The buildings belong to two Shinto shrines (Futarasan Shrine and Tōshō-gū) and one Buddhist temple (Rinn...
  • Sep 29, 2016

     We spotted our sumo out doing his shopping at the Tsukiji wholesale fish and vegetable market in Tokyo.
  • Sep 29, 2016

     In the Shinjuku district of Tokyo there’s a particular place that’s called  Omoide Yokocho – Memory Lane but it also has the slightly more dubious monikor of  “Piss Alley.” It’s a somewhat dingy spot where local folk hand out in tiny, ...
  • Akihabara, Taito, Tokyo, Japan
    Sep 29, 2016

    Akihabara is named after the fire-controlling god of a shrine built after the area was destroyed by a fire in 1869. Akihabara gained the nickname Electric Town after World War II as it became a major shopping centre for household electr...
  • Sep 29, 2016

    We found our first Pepper robot in Hiroshima! Super cute, we attempted to entice him out of the shop but as we didn't speak any Japanese he was having none of it!! 
  • Sep 28, 2016

    One of my favourite things to do in Japan was to simply meander around the markets and shops. One of the best places ever is the multi storied Don Quijote department stores. These endless, insane meccas to shopping host everything under...
  • Liverpool, United Kingdom
    Aug 9, 2016

  • Quinta da Regaleira, Rua Barbosa do Bocage, Sintra, Portugal
    May 25, 2016

     The unique architecture of the Summer Palace of Quinta de Regaleira combines a wealth of Gothic, Egyptian, Moorish and Renaissance features, however one of its most fascinating features is located beneath the ground – a pair of wells sp...
  • May 24, 2016

     The small Portuguese town of Sintra is known for its many 19th-century Romantic architectural monuments. One of the most eyecatching is the Pena Palace, perched high above the town it is a Disneyesque riot of colour and architectural q...
  • Palermo, Province of Palermo, Italy
    Oct 8, 2015

     Are you sitting comfortable dear readers? Then let me tell you the tale of the most unsettling tourist attraction ever . . The Capucchin  Monk Catacombs in Palermo where around 8,000 mummified and skeletal bodies reside. Bodies are str...
  • Oct 6, 2015

     Sicily conquers up images of brooding Mount Etna, the shadowy tentacles of organised crime and chaotic excitement around every grimy corner. Well it certainly does chaos and grime fairly well I will freely admit! We landed in the capit...
  • Jun 23, 2015

     We visited the pretty island of Santorini due to a family wedding. We stayed in the beachside resort of Perissa with its black volcanic sands. Although black sands is not my personal preference as it is not as pretty as paler sand and ...
  • Jun 17, 2015

     In June 2012 we visited the glorious Amalfi coast. Staying in Sorrento we caught the little costal bus to Amalfi before catching a glimpse of Postiano too.
  • Santorini, Thira, Greece
    Jun 15, 2015

     Ticking destinations off my bucket list right, left and centre in 2015 with a fantastic week in the glorious Greek island of Santorini. It was a truly family affair as we were all there for the wedding of my younger cousin who chose th...
  • Apr 14, 2015

    The Capela dos Ossos (Chapel of Bones) is set in a small garden in Faro's Igreja do Carmo. The bones and skulls that can be seen are those of over 1200 Carmelite monks that were exhumed from the nearby church cemetery when the ossuary w...
  • Brick Lane, London, United Kingdom
    Feb 18, 2015

    I have a fascination with graffiti and street art. As such I decided to head to the mecca of street art, the East End, to tour around a few of the notable art hot spots. My snaps were taken several years ago and most of the work will al...
  • Mostar, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Oct 14, 2014

    Mostar is a city in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina situated on the Neretva River. Its quaint cobbled streets are lined with colourful stalls and converge on the main focal point of the town, the (newly restored) old bridge. From multi...
  • Oct 14, 2014

    Our second Croatian national park adventure started in the picturesque little habour town of Skradin – the beginning of our journey to Krka National Park. There are several ways to get to the park, but one of the nicest is to buy your p...
  • Dubrovnik, Croatia and Split
    Oct 7, 2014

     For years I have dreamt of visiting Croatia, in particular Dubrovnik. Seduced by the iconic pictures of St John’s fortress imposingly towering over the Adriatic while a picture postcard beach shimmers in the foreground. Starting and ...
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park, Plitvička Jezera, Croatia
    Oct 6, 2014

      Plitvice Lakes national park was founded in 1949 and is situated in the mountainous karst area of central Croatia, at the border to Bosnia. It’s made up of 16 interconnected lakes – the Upper and Lower lake areas, separated by the la...
  • Jul 1, 2014

      Close to Matthias church is the ornate and quirky Fishermen’s Bastion (Halászbástya) – designed by Frigyes Schulek in neo-Romanesque neo-Gothic style. The seven towers, while like a Disney style fantasy, actually represent the seven ...
  • Jun 24, 2014

    You can’t possibly visit Budapest without indulging in at least one of its watery based fun palaces. Today, there are 15 public thermal baths in Budapest, not counting the private thermal spas established in some of the posher hotels. ...
  • Jun 18, 2014

      We decided to head in completely different direction for our travel fix in 2014. Hence we found ourselves heading to central (almost Eastern) Europe in the shape of Slovakian capital Bratislava and the sprawling beauty of Budapest. ...
  • May 15, 2014

    About an hour and half from Malaga is the incredible town of Ronda. The town is situated in a mountainous area about 750 m above  sea level. The Guadalevín River runs through the city, dividing it in two and carving out the steep El Taj...
  • Córdoba, Cordoba, Argentina
    May 13, 2014

      About a two hour drive from Malaga this incredible city has a myriad of history seeping from every pore. From Roman bridges to Moorish mosques and a breath taking cathedral. Cordoba has seen its fair share of history, being an Iberia...
  • Dec 31, 2013

    Wat Rong Khun is better known to tourists as the White Temple. It’s a modern, unconventional Buddhist temple in Chiang Rai that simmers in the sunlight as if it’s made of snow. Designed by Chalermchai Kositpipat in 1997 this is no trad...
  • Dec 30, 2013

    Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is a Theravada Buddhist temple perched high on a mountain side in Chiang Mai. The temple is often referred to as “Doi Suthep” although this is actually the name of the mountain it is located on. The temple is ab...
  • Dec 30, 2013

    Despite being fairly unfit I thought it would be a great idea to go trekking in Thailand! 2 stone overweight, with an undiagnosed anxiety issue, what could possible go wrong . . .  Read all about my "attempts" at trekking here Read More
  • Dec 29, 2013

    Now I’ve never actually ridden a elephant before, and was not entirely sure whether I wanted to. There is always the worry that they may be ill treated. However, our majestic beasts looked very well cared for and seemed quite content to...
  • Dec 29, 2013

      We had a single day in Bangkok before heading home and wanted to do something we’d not done before. I had fancied visiting a floating market and never managed it during the last trip. So we headed off to the most famous one Damnoen S...
  • Dec 25, 2013

     The film The Beach catapulted Thailand to the forefront of backpacker mythology. This wasn't necessarily a good thing. The iconic beach of the film was filmed at Koh Phi Phi Leh’s Maya Bay – a broken circle of crystal-clear waters surr...
  • Dec 25, 2013

    Christmas Day 2013 saw us heading out to Maya Bay in Phuket, the iconic beach immortalised in the the film The Beach. We haired along in a speed boat, it was bumpy, fast and awesome! More here Read More
  • Sep 8, 2013

    I have been a Leonard Cohen fan since I was a young girl. He divides opinion, those who are not fans think he was a grim, miserable and pessimistic oddball. Those of us lucky enough to connect with his lyrical majesty know better. I wa...
  • Jun 26, 2013

    June 2013 saw us venturing to new parts of the world – Poland and the Czech Republic. Slight concern all round due to a state of emergency being declared in Prague due to extreme flooding just a fortnight before we were due to go! But w...
  • Jun 10, 2013

      For many years now I have dreamt of capturing a certain image. A single blue dome, atop a blindingly white building, isolated against a breath stopping sea view. And the location of this haunting image? Oia, a tumbling town at the No...
  • Jun 9, 2013

      We always knew that if we ever visited Poland we would have to make a decision whether or not to visit Auschwitz. I have always been of the opinion that I owed it in some way to the inhabitants of a country to learn and experience as...
  • Barcelona, Valencia, Palma, Malaga, Ronda, Cordoba, Olvera, Marbella, Fuengirola
    May 15, 2013

     I have to admit it, I was a snob about Spain before I visited it. I had visions of Magaluf, pissed up tourists and tacky nightlife. But then I visited, and I was hooked, and a love affair with Spain was born. Starting with Barcelona, ...
  • Oct 23, 2012

     Greece conjours up images of whitewashed sleepy villages, traditional ways of life and a more laid back style of life. I've visited a few Greek hot spots over the years  including Lipsi, Leros, Corfu, Zante, Pefkos, Rhodes and Lindos. ...
  • Lindos, Rhodes, Greece
    Oct 9, 2012

     The pretty Greek village of Lindos clings to the hillside like someone has spilt sugar cubes down its side. It is quaint and cute and is dominated by the impressive acropolis of Lindos. We meandered through the cool back alleys, got b...
  • Oct 8, 2012

     As part of package holiday in 2012 we visited old town Rhodes. Although we were based in Pefkos we decided to spend a few days in Rhodes town itself. So we booked into the lovely little October Down Town Rooms just a few minutes walks...
  • Positano, Province of Salerno, Italy
    Jun 19, 2012

  • Sorrento, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy
    Jun 18, 2012

  • Capri, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy
    Jun 18, 2012

    We visited the glamourous island of Capri in 2012. We actually stayed in Anacapri, the small, less developed little village higher up on the island. in order to get to Anacapri you can either get a taxi or simply hop on one of the tin...
  • Jun 13, 2012

     Enjoy the fruits of my labour! 
  • Pompeii, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy
    Jun 11, 2012

     The city of Pompeii, along with Herculaneum, was partially destroyed and buried under 13 to 20 ft of hot ash, pumice and mud in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. It's a haunting place with perfectly preserved slices of ancient R...
  • Apr 19, 2012

     We try and get to London at least once a year, just to prove that us small town hicks can handle the big smoke! In 2012 we indulged in some traditional touristy fare by visiting the Tower of London. It was typically a grey day, the to...
  • Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy
    Nov 1, 2011

    Florence is  full of mind blowing architecture. There's the Cathedral with its ornate facade  and the domed cathedral of the city, Santa Maria del Fiore, known as The Duomo. The iconic dome was built by Filippo Brunelleschi. The nearby ...
  • Cinque Terre, Levanto, Province of La Spezia, Italy
    Oct 6, 2011

     We stayed for four nights in the Cinque Terre, which translates as Five Lands. We stayed in the pretty little village of Riomaggiore, the first of the five villages that cling to the side of the sea. Riomaggiore is a tiny little vill...
  • May 3, 2011

     We visited Pisa in 2011 and unintentionally stayed a heck of a lot longer than we intended as the Italian transport workers all went on strike . . .  An short stay became a 6 day epic . .  which is about 5 days longer that you need in ...
  • Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
    Jan 5, 2011

  • Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
    Jan 4, 2011

      There’s so much said about the Taj Mahal, so many superlatives, so many poetic descriptions, and often, things are never as good as you hope they’ll be. But this was. From the minute you board the electric bus to be taken to the gate...
  • Jan 2, 2011

  • Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
    Jan 1, 2011

    As prt of our Indian Odyessy we visited Jpdphir and actually spent New Years Eve there. In the centre of Jodphur is the Clock Tower and Sardar Market. A bustling, polluted, frenetic place full of sprawling alleyways and market stalls pi...
  • Thar Desert, Rajasthan, India
    Jan 1, 2011

    While in Jodhpur we spent New Years day 2011 on a trek into the Thar desert. Here we met members of the Bishnoi tribe, visited a pottery yard and spent time with a local family.   
  • Dec 29, 2010

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  • Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
    Dec 28, 2010

    As part of our trip across Rajasthan we stopped for a few nights in Udaipur, the Lake City. It truly is an incredible place. Bustling, compact, crazy. We only wished we could stay longer. As the sun shed its last glowing golden light ov...
  • Dec 27, 2010

    Flying into Delhi in December 2010, we were head first into one of the wettest, coldest months they’d had for a few years – typical! So with rain macks donned we were shown the frentic sights of  Delhi courtesy of a tour arranged by Del...
  • Dec 26, 2010

    In December 2010 we embarked on an ambitious journey to India. Starting in Delhi we explored Rajasthan with the blue city of Jodphur, pink city of Jaipur, spotted monkeys in Pushkar, watched the sun set over the stunning lake palaces in...
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  • Dec 1, 2009

     We first visited Thailand in December 2009, exploring Bangkok, sleeping in a river raft on the river Kwai and finally chilling on the stunning beaches of Ao Nang, Krabi.   A nice little town that has easy access to some of the most pi...
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  • Vietnam and Cambodia
    Nov 1, 2009

  • Monte Carlo, Monaco-Ville, Monaco
    Oct 8, 2009

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  • Angkor Wat, Krong Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia
    Nov 29, 2008

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  • Angkor Wat, Krong Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia
    Nov 27, 2008

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