Airbnb Guide – The Good, The Bad And The Ugly!

The Airbnb Low Down Airbnb is our accommodation ‘go to’ when we book any holiday – there are some fantastic, and very quirky, places on offer and it satiates my slight obsession with nosing around other people’s homes! But if you’ve never booked with them before what can you expect and how do you make…

Murano And Burano – Islands Of Venice

Islands Of Venice ? But Venice is an island!? you say. Actually, 117 individual islands linked by bridges, separated by canals. But over the lagoon, a short boat trip away, lies 2 other ‘islands’ which are worth your time and effort – I’m talking about Murano and Burano. (The number 12 Vaporetto from either Fondamente Nove…

South Queensferry – The Perfect Day-Trip From Edinburgh

South Queensferry Like all little sisters, who scratch your CD’s and steal your phone charger, South Queensferry pilfers tourists and day trippers from its elder sibling, Edinburgh, for a peek at its innards – there’s a lot to like about a place with a big red bridge. A short 20 minute train ride into Dalmeny Station drops you…

Districts Of Venice – The Best One For You?

Venice – The Floating City Venice became a thing when Attila the Hun’s crew scared the living daylights out of mainland Italians with their curly beards and funny pony-tail hats (I get all my History facts from Night At The Museum 1 & 2 [Number 3 went a little off topic I feel]) Land dwellers…

Turtle Bay, Nottingham. A Caribbean Nosh-Up!

Turtle Bay – Nottingham With their one allotted suitcase many Caribbean’s left the warm shores of their home islands and followed an advert across the Ocean to Nottingham. It promised work in post-war Britain, hospitals for the women and coal-mining for the men. But whatever the skills they brought with them, none compare to the…

The Zetter, London – Hotel Review

It’s hard to imagine a time when Clerkenwell smelled of anything other than fine hand-soaps and artisan coffee but the East End of London in bygone days was nothing but a warren of dirt and industry. Like a student bedsit, the cigarette factories, printing trades and overcrowded employee housing created a melting pot that would…

A London Food Guide – The Best Places To Eat!

A London Food Guide – The Best Places To Eat! London is one of the top ranked cities in the world for fine dining, holding over 70 Michelin stars, so it comes as no surprise that the standard of food in this wonderful city is outstanding. But you don’t have to sell a lung to…

The Complete Guide – What To See, Eat and Do With Kids In Copenhagen

Weekend Break Appeal Back in March of this year we took our shoes off and kicked back in Denmark’s embracing capital city, Copenhagen. There is a word that the Danish bat about, hygge, that sounds a little like the English word ‘hug’, which I find quite appropriate since the meaning of hygge is said to…

Portugal – My Shy Friend. Highlights For Your Visit

Portugal – My Shy Friend There’s a lot to love about a country that has a punk-rocker chicken as its National symbol. A land which rewards your Supermarket food shopping with the perfect 30cl cool beer just beyond the checkout. A nation whose Festa’s don’t begin till 11pm, and the local fire stations are run…

I’ve Received A Liebster Award! 

My First Award! I recently received my first blogging award – a Liebster. A what? To receive one you have to be awesome and able to create literary masterpieces whilst shooting sparkly moonbeams out of your ass. Actually, as much as I could possibly achieve the above maybe on a good day and after a…

Clumber Park – The Weird & The Wonderful

A tunnel of lofty Lime tree’s greet you as soldiers, and like a Lilliputian under the belly of a centipede we drove beneath the giant green canopy towards Clumber Park. The Clumber estate was once owned by the Dukes of Newcastle (think Civil War not Geordie Shore) and covers a vast 3,800 acres. You’d struggle…

Nottingham’s Five Best Burgers

What can I say – I like Burgers! I won’t lie – I eat a lot of Burgers. On a walk in Derbyshire the other day, the cows gave me a wide berth and whispered, in cow accent , “Doris, that’s her!” It’s a nice hobby to have. One which takes great skill and dedication,…

Nottingham For Kids

Mini – Break Worthy? Parking itself right in the middle of the country, Nottingham definitely gets 10/10 for location – only 2 hours from London or Manchester, a mere 3 from Newcastle or Bristol, what’s your excuse not to make a trip? Recently awarded a UNESCO city of Literature and named by The Times and…

Tea and Tittle-tattle on the Cromford Canal – A Fun Family Day Out.

Cromford Canal Canals span our country like the veins of Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man. Grooves dug by men of bygone days to shift cargo by boat destined for greater proposals. Nowadays the surviving watercourses of Britain have a more leisurely raison d’etre; namely, houseboats, barge holidays (basically a floating pub-crawl) and day trips. The latter…

Park Life – Nottingham

Park Life – Nottingham Maybe you’re a tourist in Nottingham, wanting to find some green space? Or maybe you’re a local and just don’t venture beyond your immediate town that often? Whatever, it’s Summer and we should all be making the most of these patches of turf that this fine city has to offer. When…

Last Minute Dot Com – Does It Pay Off?

LAST MINUTE DOT COM – DOES IT PAY OFF? We knew 6 months ago we had a week free but wanted to experiment with the world of last minute holiday booking. We’ve never done it before but we were poised to see if waiting till the end would pay off financially. Read on to see…

Thassos, Greece… Ssshhh! It’s a secret!

Where?? Thassos… The most Northerly Greek island there is, a little green gem tucked away in the Aegean, that nobody seems to have heard of and even fewer seem to have visited. It’s late May and the temperatures are perfect for our pasty British skins – an average of a kind and thoughtful 27 degrees…

Revolucion De Cuba Bar & Restaurant – Nottingham

The Past… HB Pencils and Deep Sea Fishing… that’s what I think of every time I walk in this Nottingham joint. My hubby thinks of walking in Derbyshire when he plays Fifa, my friend always wants a churros when anyone mentions B&Q, and I think of Deep Sea Fishing and pencils when the word ‘Cuba’…

Put On Your Gladrags Nottingham

A Night Out In Nottingham Recently my sister and her other half came to cat-sit for us whilst we tootled off to Copenhagen. They’d be here for the weekend and wanted to sample Nottingham night-life. Channeling my inner Rain Man I set to, writing a to-do list that would make the phonebook blush. I was…