Ten things I’ve learned about Orkney

On 10th September we set sail for one of the UK’s more remote spots, the Orkney Islands. Though situated only about ten miles from the Scottish mainland, Orkney has a Scandinavian past that makes most native Orcadians a quarter Norwegian. Since arriving we’ve had a crash course in life on the Orkney Islands, as we’veContinue reading “Ten things I’ve learned about Orkney”

48 hours in Inverness

** As of Monday 14th September, the ‘rule of six’ has come into effect across Scotland, meaning that no more than six people across two households can meet up (with some exceptions such as sports activities and church services). So it almost goes without saying that some of my below recommendations may now be subjectContinue reading “48 hours in Inverness”

Awesome island getaways

Would you rather be sat where you are right now, or on some small island far, far away? It’s a no-brainer, right? Sailing away from the mainland towards a speck of rock in the distance and the promise of laid-back island life is about as different from the daily grind and the crowded pollution ofContinue reading “Awesome island getaways”

72 hours in Porto

If you’re still looking for a long weekend destination, consider visiting Porto, the gem of northern Portugal and home of all things Port. Three days is plenty of time to enjoy this compact city with its Port tastings, bling cathedrals and high quality tours. Sample lipsmacking seafood and tapas, relax in a bar to theContinue reading “72 hours in Porto”

Live like a local in Paris

Sense has prevailed and Emmanuel Macron is President of France instead of rotten to the core Marine Le Pen. Whether you’ve been to Paris before or not, celebrate this election near miss with a weekend of eating, drinking, shopping and culture à Paris. Eating There’s only one way to start a weekend in Paris, getContinue reading “Live like a local in Paris”

Stockholm’s beauty

Stockholm is easily one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Made up of 14 islands, and surrounded by an archipelago of thousands more, the world-class museums, parks and activities mean you’ll never be short of things to do. Find Stockholm’s beauty everywhere you go with my top five recommendations: 1. Djurgården island Of centralContinue reading “Stockholm’s beauty”

Live like a local in Milan

Milan is known as Italy’s fashion, shopping and finance capital. It’s so much more than that, but over a weekend it can be hard to scratch beneath its glittering surface and experience more than the unmissable stuff – Leonardo’s Last Supper, the Galleria shopping mall, Duomo and La Scala. And that gelato for that InstagramContinue reading “Live like a local in Milan”

Broken heart? Let London be the cure

‘Pity the selfishness of lovers: it is brief, a forlorn hope; it is impossible.’ – Elizabeth Bowen Break-ups are never fun, and in London they can be pretty lonely too. The holding-back-tears-in-the-office days are inevitable, but it doesn’t mean you have to be a hermit in your own city. If you’ve just had your heartContinue reading “Broken heart? Let London be the cure”