A weekend at Chateau de Jalesnes | Loire Valley

The Loire Valley in France is a stunning area. Quintessentially French, with sunflower fields and quaint villages including nearby Saumur with it’s popular weekend markets, it’s a delightful area to drive through. The drive from Tours airport to Chateau de Jalesnes is a little over an hour, meaning that with a flight time from StanstedContinue reading “A weekend at Chateau de Jalesnes | Loire Valley”

Adler Thermae Spa & Resort Hotel | A Tuscan Wellness Retreat

Within the UNESCO World Heritage area in Tuscany is the 5 star Adler Thermae Spa & Resort Hotel. It stands on a grand location overlooking the beautiful countryside and dotted Tuscan villages and benefits from the warm thermal springs of Bagno Vignoni. The resort finds a balance between being a top end wellness hotel with aContinue reading “Adler Thermae Spa & Resort Hotel | A Tuscan Wellness Retreat”

Environmental concerns in travel & fashion|How Zoggs are leading the movement.

As I travel a lot, for both my job & for pleasure, I have had to look at what impact my travels are having on both the environment, and also the communities I interact with on my trips. There is a well known motto; ‘Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints,’ which phrases myContinue reading “Environmental concerns in travel & fashion|How Zoggs are leading the movement.”

Fontelunga Hotel & Villas | Tuscany’s finest boutique villa

Situated on a hilltop in Tuscany, not far from the picturesque town of Cortona, Villa Fontelunga is an incredibly stylish ‘home away from home.’ Whether you’re staying in the 9 room main villa or the two private villas, you’re greeted like an old friend and treated like an honoured guest throughout the entire stay. It’sContinue reading “Fontelunga Hotel & Villas | Tuscany’s finest boutique villa”

Stoke on Trent & The Potteries |Where to visit

The city of Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire became the centre of ceramic production during the 17th century. Due to the availability of clay and other required materials, large numbers of potteries opened up in the area and started producing high quality ceramic wear that was exported all over the world. There are a number of potteriesContinue reading “Stoke on Trent & The Potteries |Where to visit”

Portsmouth – Bilbao on the Cap Finistère with Brittany Ferries

When I was younger and holidaying with my parents we would travel by ferry all the time, as we would take long camping & motorhome trips in France and Spain, and the ferry provided a convenient way to get further South without requiring as much driving. There were a couple of routes that I wasContinue reading “Portsmouth – Bilbao on the Cap Finistère with Brittany Ferries”

Casa en el Agua – The coolest hostel in the world?

Casa en el Agua has quickly become one of the most famous hostels in the world. It’s an eco hostel, completely surrounded by water in the middle of the Caribbean sea. Two hours from Cartagena by boat are the ever beautiful San Bernardo Islands, an archipelago of 9 coastal coral and one artificial island, with theContinue reading “Casa en el Agua – The coolest hostel in the world?”

What to do in Derby?

I recently spent a weekend in Derby as I’ve been trying to explore more new places within the UK, and I found it friendly, fun and historic, with so much to offer for all ages. I had an action packed few days including a lot of delicious food, historic buildings, shopping  & beautiful landscapes. HereContinue reading “What to do in Derby?”

The Coach House B&B – Derby

When I decided to visit Derby for a short break then The Coach House B&B immediately jumped out at me as the place I wanted to stay. With only a few rooms it’s in high demand of course but the size makes for a wonderfully personal visit. I had the pleasure of staying in the roomContinue reading “The Coach House B&B – Derby”

Dining in Derby – Where to eat?

I wasn’t expecting Derby to have such a great range of restaurants, from local specialities to fine dining and from funky independents to quaint tearooms, but it turns out the city has a huge amount to offer, so much so that I had to undo my jeans when I drove home from my 3 dayContinue reading “Dining in Derby – Where to eat?”

Lake Charvak

Lake Charvak is the pearl of the Tien Shan Mountains. A reservoir dammed by the Soviet built hydroelectric dam, it’s the most popular recreational area in Uzbekistan. The lake takes a couple of hours to reach from Tashkent and is at an altitude of 3000m meaning it’s a few degrees colder than in the city,Continue reading “Lake Charvak”

The Black Forest – There’s so much more than Gateau…

One of my TV shows features me excitedly walking towards a cake museum whilst announcing that ‘anyone who knows me, knows that my ideal day involves some kind of cake’, and it’s true! Cake is used to celebrate lots of occasions, birthdays of course, Christmas, I once got some work experience at a PR firmContinue reading “The Black Forest – There’s so much more than Gateau…”