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…

Lisbon city retreat: Palacio Ramalhete

We arrived at our Lisbon palacio at 12.01. I know this because I glanced at my watch. The sun was ‘past the yard arm’ and I gladly accepted a welcome glass of bubbles. It was pouring with rain outside, this was the bottled sunshine for the day. Our room at Palacio Ramalhete wasn’t ready but with three gorgeous lounges to relax in this wasn’t a problem. Furnished with big white sofas, fresh flowers and dotted with Taschen and teNeues coffee table…

Boutique seaside stay: Villa Cascais

We flew to Lisbon, straight from a busy week at work in need of a chilled few days. In fact Mr P met me at the airport having just flown in from Sweden, so it was nice just to see him! Perfect timing – so jetset, meeting in the lounge 🙄 BA in their special ‘service improvements’ way tried to tip the applecart… At boarding they checked our cabin bags into the hold. Just because. We weren’t in cheap seats…

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…

Yachting adventures in the Canaries

Mr P did some vital yachting holiday research for us in October… Too kind!  I was manic with work and made a passing comment suggesting he go away with his best buddy somewhere nice and leave me in peace.  I didn’t ever expect the offer to be taken up.  But it’s OK as it was all in the name of research, for when next year they will take us girls with them too!  So his arm was twisted into writing this guest post…

Lazing in the Languedoc 

What a gorgeous lazy time we had in the Languedoc, the benefit of doing no research…  Aside from booking the hotel, all I knew was that Carcassonne was nearish to where we were going and that it’s a board game. So un-thorough was my research that a few days before we arrived I had to email the hotel we were staying at and say that, er, actually we won’t be with you until 1am, our flight is later than I realised… Is that ok?……

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…

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…

In search of sunshine – Tenerife

Normally in January we book something long haul and outrageous but this year we didn’t quite get around to it!  In early Feb we worked out we could squeeze in 3 days leave and so get away for 5 days adding the weekend.  We needed sun, a short flight and safety… The Canary Islands popped into view and there began my internet trawl to find a quiet corner.  Easier said than done, although once I worked out where the busy upscale resorts were life…