Istria, Croatia – More Hidden Gems Than The Crystal Maze!

A Complete Guide To Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula As you look at a map of Croatia, Istria is the little triangle up in the top left corner. It’s had a chequered history, being passed from pillar to post in battles for land. One day it belonged to the Romans, the next the Venetians, then on to…

Doing Lake Bled Like A Boss

Do you think it’s possible that there could still exist a place on this planet that is so achingly beautiful but only the locals know about it? And where their secret life goes on as normal with no tourists to wreck the joint until instagram will inevitably discover it one day in the future? I’m…

Day 5 & 6 – Lake Bled

Summer Roadtrip : Day 5 & 6 – Lake Bled in Slovenia Lake Bled is definitely one of the prettiest lakes I’ve ever seen. It has a circumference of only 4 miles so even the most unfit tourist could manage that little saunter. In any respects, Americans don’t seem to have made it this far…

Day 4 – Brixen & Braies with some Austria on the side

Day 4 – Brixen And Lake Braies With A Bit Of Austria I’m really going to miss this place; the smell of clean air, being fenced in by the most beautiful pieces of limestone, the urge to buy trousers that zip off at the knee, the light – oh the light. At 7am the sun…

Day 3 – Staying Local In The Val Di Fassa

Waking in cold sweats my subconscious had clocked before I had that this was to be our last full day in the most beautiful country on earth. Moving on to Slovenia tomorrow meant I felt an overriding urge to drink as many cappuccino’s as I could before the morning was out so I was rather…

Day 2 – Italian Dolomites & Bolzano

Apart from the fact our waiter was far too happy for 7.30 in the morning and it was about all I could do to crack a bon giorno and not slap his cheery Italian face with a slice of Parma ham, breakfast was a treat when this was our view… … so we decided not…

Day 1 – Italian Dolomites

5 hours driving and many epics views later I sit on my hotel bed with this amazing view. Feeling a tad too city-gal next to all the other holiday-makers who look like Regatta threw up over them, I think I misjudged this place. Apart from not buying my holiday wardrobe from Millets I also didn’t…

The Bits Of Thassos You Don’t Want To Miss

Thassos had its hey-day in the 90’s then tourism seemed to dry up (perhaps there were too many shell-suit fires in that heat?). The landslide in holiday makers is a good thing though and totally not a reflection of what lies behind the Hawaiian style slopes of this northern Greek island. And yet despite not…

Has The Cotswolds Made Your Bucket List!

Have The Cotswolds Made It On To Your Bucket List Yet? The Cotswolds is an area of Britain regularly visited by day trippers from London or foreign tourists in the UK wanting to experience a bit of Olde Worlde England. It’s what is known as an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and if visitors…

Does Lake Maggiore Cut It For Teens?

Let’s face it – when it comes to the idea of a holiday, most teenagers would be happy to stay in bed all week with extra fast wifi and pizza for breakfast, lunch and tea. And, as a parent, it would be all too easy to just let them – leave them on their own…

Hidden Gems Of Nottingham You Don’t Want To Miss

Nottingham’s Secret Stuff – The Hidden Gems I’ve been exploring Nottingham for 25 years and I still manage to discover new gems even now. And, whenever we visit a new town or city, I always wish I had some insider knowledge, a local tour guide, someone who knows the gen – the best independent shops…

Review : Lake Maggiore Zipline

I don’t want to lie to you – I was having secret panic attacks at the thought of Ziplining 2K across a huge forest at 80mph. They had to be secret as I wasn’t about to let my kids know how much of a wuss I was : I teach them to be brave on…

Chicago With Kids – 2 Days Of Fun!

Chicago With The Kids City trips with kids are exhausting : Who did I think I was kidding booking 4 nights in Chicago at the end of our visit to see friends in the States!? All they were really interested in was scouring Target for American candy and bagging a deal in the Levi’s outlet…

Chicago Architecture Unwrapped For First Timers

Chicago Architecture Unwrapped In Fun Facts And Crazy Details It’s a world-famous skyline filled with iconic buildings – Chicago’s architecture certainly makes your jaw drop and your neck ache! But its innovative too and the more you start digging about the more you can’t help but be impressed by cutting edge design and impressive first…

A Self-Guided Walking Tour Of Nottingham

A Tour Of Nottingham Nottingham is famous for many reasons, not least that it’s menfolk seem to like wearing tights – think Robin Hood, Dean off of Torvil and Dean. It’s also the home of Raleigh™, Boots The Chemist, Paul Smith, lace, the very first football club, cricket and the oldest inn in England. In…

A Road Trip Through North Norfolk’s Coastal Beauty Spots

A Coastal Drive In North Norfolk Norfolk is for old people. Posh old people to be more precise. All that Norfolk lavender on their doorstep – they can posy till their heart’s content and sleep so soundly for the last decade of their life! A land so flat and water-laden it makes the Dutch weep. And,…

Exploring Spitalfields And Brick Lane, London

London is not a city, rather a collection of little towns and villages patchworked together like a Gustav Klimt. Much the same as one of those Driver Awareness courses you get sent on in lieu of points on your license from breaking the law speeding : Nowhere else will you encounter in one space a…

Premier Inn Hub – Budget Hotel Review

The Hub, by Premier Inn – Hotel Review I knew it was a budget hotel room and I knew it would be small, that I had been told, but the name Hub? I started singing the nursery rhyme Old Mother Hubbard, except this time, instead of going to the cupboard, she was sleeping in one!…

Travel Highlights of 2017

Travel Highlights of 2017 A lot of effort goes into travelling. More often than not I see something on Instagram or read a blog post and a seed is sown for an idea of a little holiday and the laptop comes out. Or, equally as frequent, Mr MLLH gets an email for some cheap flights…

Bilbao With Kids – 2 Days Of Fun!

Bilbao was never going to be great. My sister had visited a few weeks before us and when someone describes a place as nice you know they’re just gently letting you down for a disappointing trip. Still, we had to keep our hotel reservations as our ferry left from there in two days time. However, if…