estonia

10 reasons to visit: Tallinn

Tallinn is one of the prettiest cities I have visited thus far. It is easy to enjoy – unspoilt by mass-tourism and small enough to get the best of in a long weekend. It was a chance visit to Estonia and a last minute booking. Mr P was touring the Baltics on business and we latched on a long weekend in Tallinn. These unplanned mini-breaks, to Milan and Stockholm, have been some of our best trips! Minimal planning was undertaken, although…

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portugal

10 reasons to visit: Lisbon & Cascais

Lisbon gets my vote for a spring city break. A short flight from London. It was somewhere neither of us had been to before.  And it’s by the sea.  Not hot weather per se, but warm enough to be out doors.  Tick, tick, tick, tick.  I will put it out there… If you want a city break and you don’t like a big city it’s perfect – not sprawling and so close to very beautiful countryside and vitamin sea! Spend time doing your hotel research – there are…

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sweden

6 things to do in Stockholm

Stockholm is less than 2 hours flying from Heathrow and perfect for a summer city break.  A maritime city full of gorgeous architecture, flat for exploring and if you can stay a little longer there’s 24,000 islands in the archipelago to explore. We visited over the August bank holiday weekend, and I took advantage of three things… Mr P was there with work which meant we only had to pay for my flights (and even better they happened to be particularly…

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Weekend in Milan and Como

When I was travelling too much with work, Mr P always used to ask when he could join me for the weekend.  I always deferred as I wanted to get home from a trip as soon as I could.  Then he started travelling an incredible amount with work and so started asking me when  I would join him for the weekend…  Well will you twist my rubber arm!  A trip away where we need only pay for one flight, a lot…

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Tel Aviv – vibrancy and culture

Visiting friends in Tel Aviv, the city was a perfect base and where British Airways handily deposited us in comfort. I had two favourite cities – Singapore and Washington. I now have three – TLV has vibrancy and culture like Singers, cleanliness and safety like DC and a big dollop of South Beach to make it fresh and fun! Even a short glance at my previous post would tell you how blown away we were by our trip! There’s an immense amount…

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Flashback Friday 40 – AP:DC – Washington, my favourite city

I consider myself very lucky to have travelled to Washington 3 times with work, and even luckier to have friends that live nearby (thanks Emily for having me to stay) and family that have been fabulous tour-guides.  In my visits I have decided that Washington DC is my favourite city – thinking about it now, perhaps that is why since I have discovered Netflix I have become addicted to House of Cards… It is the only city I have ever…

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Flashback Friday Travel 33 – Singapore

2012 was one of those years – everything was amazing, everything seemed to be pretty darn perfect.  Not just the holidays – and there were a few – but the whole country was smiling – first for the Queen’s Jubilee and then for Olympics and Paralympics, and the sun shone too.  The UK was absolutely buzzing and it was impossible not to have a great time.  I’m looking forward to the next few iterations of my flashback series as it will…

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austria

Vienna in a heatwave

We first went to Vienna in November – it was the first weekend of the Christmas Markets and the beautiful city was full of festive cheer.  It was superb to head back in July to see a different season and more of the city.  Mr P’s oldest friend lives in Vienna and we will I am sure be back there again for more soon – good hosts, surpassing themselves by ordering in a case of Brundlmayer ahead of our arrival!…

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Jet-lagged in Boston

Boston is a gorgeous city to visit and the obvious jumping off point for any visit to New England.  We’ve spent a few days here before so at the start of our trip to Maine we chose to stay overnight, lose the jet lag whilst pottering, and see some other parts of the city to before. We stayed at The Liberty Hotel which I was actually rather disappointed with.  It was a free stay as it was on points so it wasn’t…

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