Northern France is an area that, for some unknown reason, has completely escaped my travel radar. It’s easily accessible from England, especially as we live just over an hour’s drive from Dover, so it’s odd that we’ve not Channel hopped more. Maybe it’s because it’s just so close that when we’re planning our travels we’ve overlooked the hidden French gems that are right under our nose. We rectified this last month with a mini road trip with DFDS Ferries to Hauts-de-France. Our mission was to explore Amiens, a city in northern France, a surprise attraction nearby and spend the night in some unusual accommodation. We also squeezed in a short visit to Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, a medieval coastal town.
Who doesn’t love a weekend exploring a new place, especially when it’s home to a quirky pier, a lighthouse and rows of colourful beach huts. Add in the Salthouse Harbour Hotel and the company of my daughter, Amy, and that ticks all my boxes. We set off to the English county of Suffolk to visit Southwold and Ipswich on a girly weekend.
When it comes to gastronomy, Iberostar Grand Hotel Portals Nous Mallorca brings world-class à la carte dining plus the moon and the stars. For drinks or pre-dinner tipples guests can head to the stylish Selini lobby bar. Selini, of course, is the Greek word for Moon. A gourmet experience of stellar proportions awaits In the Astir Restaurant. Astir means star in Greek and this restaurant shines brightly.
Photo credit Iberostar Grand Hotel Portals Nous
October’s arrived and to chase away the cool misty mornings comes an exciting month of cruise news and all things cruise related. As the evenings draw in ‘Plan a Cruise Month’ is the perfect time to think about booking a cruise and taking advantage of some fabulous offers and promotions which the cruise lines are offering throughout October.
The Majorca boutique hotel scene has a new addition. Stepping through billowing white curtains into the grounds of Iberostar Grand Hotel Portals Nous felt like walking into a luxury fragrance ad. Everywhere is so pristinely white and stylishly radiant at this Majorca boutique hotel that I almost expected Charlize Theron to come wafting across the terrace in a cloud of mimosa. I didn’t have time to ponder this much before being welcomed into the Selini Bar where a glass of crisp Moet accompanied check-in. The attention to detail is impeccable.
I’m back from my camping Ilbarritz 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…)
Menorca is a little gem of an island in the Mediterranean sea and part of Spain’s Balearic islands. If the eleven best things to see in Menorca in my last post weren’t enough to convince you how magical Menorca is then read on for more ideas of what to see and do on the island. Below you’ll find part two and 12 more reasons why I fell in love with this laid back little isle.
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…