• 3 Days in Lisbon

    3 Days in Lisbon: The ultimate guide

    Before our trip to Portugal I had heard only wonderful things about the capital. Bursting with culture, beautiful scenery, and a vibrant nightlife scene; Lisbon didn’t disappoint. Peter and I were lucky enough to travel around Portugal with my parents who flew out from South Africa. We spent six days in Madeira, three in Lisbon, and ended our trip off with six days in The Algarve. I thought it would be a good idea to write about our 3 days in Lisbon since it’s one of the hippest and trendiest cities in Europe at the moment. Our 3 days in Lisbon went a little something like this… We arrived off…

  • Menai Strait

    Menai Strait: Exploring North Wales with the family

    During my parents recent trip over to visit us in the UK we decided to travel up to Anglesey. My dad was born on this island off the mainland’s north west coast in Wales, where the Menai strait is well-known. He still has family there, so it was a special trip. The last time we were here was December 2007 to visit my grandmother. I was still in school at the time and, of course, it was winter; so cold, wet, and gloomy. Prior to that we spent a few months here when I was five so I didn’t remember much. But this time was different. I was older, wiser,…

  • Vilamoura Things to do

    Top 5 Vilamoura things to do: Travel tips for the Algarve

    To say that the Algarve stole my heart would be a massive understatement. I’m a beach girl at heart and nothing makes me happier than sunny days, the ocean breeze and watching the sunset over the sea on another summers day at the beach. Back in July we were blessed in that we got to experience Portugal with my parents who came out from South Africa.

  • Lisbon – A day in Sintra: Quinta da Regaleira Palace

    Have you ever visited a place that you had no expectations for and it completely blew your mind? Well I recently experienced this in Sintra while on our Portugal trip. For those of you who don’t know, Sintra is a charming little town in the foothills of Portugal’s Sintra mountains, near to the capital, Lisbon. It’s the most popular day trip destination for tourists who are staying in the capital city and highly recommended for those who have more than three days in Lisbon. My favourite part about Sintra you might be wondering? Well aside from the breathtaking scenery and endless amounts of Portuguese charm, it has to be the…

  • guide to Madeira

    First timers guide to Madeira: What to see and do

    This past July was our first time visiting the beautiful island of Madeira. The best part is that we got to do it with my parents who flew out from South Africa. This was our first time in Portugal, and we also made sure to visit Lisbon and the Algarve as part of our trip. But today it’s all about the magic that is Madeira. An island full of culture, amazing outdoor activities, and delectable gourmet food, here is what I consider to be the ultimate first timers guide to Madeira. About our stay in Madeira We took a direct flight from London Heathrow to Madeira Airport, full name; Cristiano…

  • One day in Korcula

    One day in Korcula: Little Dubrovnik

    Korcula has got to be one of the cutest little destinations that I have ever been to. Admittedly, I knew next to nothing about this island before our trip to Croatia last year. Now, it’s a place that I will never forget. For such a small island, it certainly has a lot to offer. From beaches to vineyards, and cocktail bars with the best view in town to trendy restaurants and clubs, this is one of Croatia’s most happening islands. One day in Korcula was not enough. But, it’s all we had time for and we made sure to make the most of it. Given the nickname of “Little Dubrovnik”…

  • Heineken experience in Amsterdam

    Discover the Heineken experience in Amsterdam

    If you are a beer lover then you have more than likely heard of the Heineken experience in Amsterdam. In fact, your trip to Amsterdam wouldn’t be complete without participating in “The Heineken Experience”. Of all the things to do and see in our short trip to Amsterdam, we ended up at a brewery. We visited Amsterdam with a group of friends and, of course, all the boys are beer fanatics. So naturally the Heineken experience in Amsterdam was at the top of the list. Since I’m not a fan of beer and would far rather have been sipping on a gin and tonic on the banks of the canal,…

  • One day in Brussels

    One day in Brussels: A city in pictures

    Plan on travelling to Brussels? Wonderful choice. We didn’t have much time in the city of united nations but we enjoyed every minute of it. Truthfully, I didn’t have high expectations for Brussels because most people that I had spoken to weren’t particularly impressed by it. We stayed in Ghent during our Belgium trip – a must see – and made our way to Brussels for a day-trip. Since we didn’t spend a lot of time here, I don’t have much insight into what it’s like to stay in the city itself, but I can tell you where to get some of the best photos. Here’s my take on spending…

  • Ghent getaway

    Ghent getaway: What to do in Ghent, Belgium

    If you haven’t heard about this intriguing city, then you are not alone. Ghent is probably one of Belgium’s most underrated cities, and it’s also one of the most aesthetically beautiful. Brussels, Bruges, Antwerp, they might be impressive, but as far as I’m concerned, they don’t have anything on Ghent. It’s always nice when you go to a place that exceeds your expectations, and that’s exactly what happened to me on my Ghent getaway. But, this was so much more than just “another trip” for us. We went to visit my boyfriend’s family (from his mom’s side). His mom is originally from Belgium but moved to South Africa in her teens.…

  • Paris for the weekend: Guide to the city love

    Paris – the city of love, the city of food, and the the city of fashion. This is what dreams are made of right? Truth be told, I’ve been to Paris once before with my family, about 10-years ago, and I wasn’t all that blown away. Perhaps it was the weather? We were there in December, and the grey sky and rainy days didn’t do all that much for the atmosphere. I’m not saying that I hated it. In fact, I still enjoyed my time there but it didn’t quite meet my expectations. We visited Rome during the same trip and I was far more intrigued by Italy. Nevertheless, I…