Rustic Ritz – Camping in Ilbarritz

Rustic Ritz – Camping in Ilbarritz

Camping Ilbarritz

I’m back from my glamping trip to Yelloh Village Ilbarritz near the French town of Biarritz in south west France. It was my first visit to Pays Basque and my first experience of camping in France. I was looking forward to discovering what the region had to offer and seeing if the Basque region differed from the rest of France. I wasn’t disappointed. Fabulous beaches, the friendliest of people, excellent food and a few surprises along the way made it a brilliant weekend. Let me tell you about camping in Ilbarritz and what the area has to offer. (more…)

Reasons you need to visit Menorca – Part 1

Reasons you need to visit Menorca – Part 1

Menorca, with its chilled vibes, laid back mood and slower pace sits with its Balearic brothers in the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. Menorca means smaller island but the little isle punches well above its weight in terms of unspoilt beaches, secluded coves and crystal clear waters. Visit Menorca for captivating old towns, cathedrals, harbours and a vast natural bio-sphere. The food is good; think cheese, the freshest seafood, vineyards and gin. There are so many things to do in Menorca, lots to see and masses of reasons to visit. Here are just some of the ways I fell in love with it…

Cala Galdana - what to see in Menorca

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Biarritz, Bidart and Beautiful Beaches in French Basque Country

Biarritz, Bidart and Beautiful Beaches in French Basque Country

One of my favourite things is to go where I’ve never been and see what I’ve never seen before. I love the anticipation of visiting a new place and the surprises that await. The buzz of discovering a fabulous beach, an iconic town or a mouth-watering regional dish never fails to delight. In a couple of weeks I’ll be jetting off to French Basque Country in southwest France to discover all that and much more besides.

Beach at Bidart, French Basque

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Eastbourne Trails and Coastal Walks

Eastbourne Trails and Coastal Walks

Eastbourne in East Sussex sits on the south coast bordering the South Downs National Park. It’s the perfect place for getting outdoors and breathing in all that fresh sea air. I visited for a mid-week mini-break and given that the town’s labeled the UK’s sunniest it seemed only right that I should explore its outside activities. And there’s a lot to explore. Here are my top picks for making the most of Eastbourne and its surrounding countryside.

Eastbourne Pier

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Tips for visiting Rome – the Eternal City

Tips for visiting Rome – the Eternal City

View of Rome

Rome is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It’s also known as the Eternal City – maybe because it’d take an eternity to see all the art, masterpieces and architecture that overflows within it. Rome’s treasures are also the reason it’s packed with visitors every year. I’ve been a few times and during my visits I’ve picked up some tips to help make the most of limited time in the city. There are also some tourist traps that you need to know about. I wish someone had enlightened me before my first visit. Read on for some practical advice and tips for visiting Rome to help you get the most from your trip.

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Eating like a local on a Rome Food Tour

Eating like a local on a Rome Food Tour

Regular readers will know that a good food tour is one of my favourite ways to explore a city. Rome was no exception. A culinary encounter with The Roman Food Tour took my taste buds on an adventure around the city on the best Rome food tour ever. We devoured over twenty food and drink tastings during our mouth-watering tour. They’re not joking when they say ‘bring a healthy appetite and high expectations’.

Trionfale Market Rome

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Italian food and wine holidays with Bookings for You

Italian food and wine holidays with Bookings for You

Imagine an Italian wine-maker, two chefs and five suitcases bulging with Italy’s finest produce all packed into a Fiat Panda. Now add two dozen eggs, copious amounts of virgin olive oil and the mother of all pasta pots. This was the cosy scene as the Palazzo Tronconi trio travelled to Rome airport, en-route to the UK, to host an Italian culinary masterclass.

Bookings for You director, Jo Mackay, invited me along for a taste of unrestrained Italian hospitality and to learn about a new addition to her villa portfolio. For a taste of Palazzo Tronconi Italian food and wine holidays read on…

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