Rivalto, Tuscany

I wanted to do a review of a few of our latest discoveries in Tuscany, however as I sit here on the hotel terrace in the winter sun, with my foot strapped up, lonely but well oiled, I can only review half the places I wanted to. The good news is my Italian is improving…

Certaldo, Tuscany, Italy

In view of the 5 day quarantine restrictions in Italy being lifted for UK travellers from 31st August, I thought I’d quickly mention this little town I visited today for anyone looking for an adventure under the Tuscan sun! Home to Bocaccio, buried in a small church nearby, it’s a great little place for an…

Carnival time in Brazil!

The first thing I noticed about Brazil was that from the sky it looked like there was no spare piece of land. It’s one of the most congested birds eye views I’ve seen from a plane. However, once you get thick into the skin of Rio, you soon realise that its actually very green. Huge…

Masseria Cervarolo,Ostuni,Puglia

This was the last night of our trip and we had booked a special place for it. Masseria Cervarolo, just 6km away from the center of Ostuni, was a place for rest and relaxation. After a week driving through Puglia, (click here for more blogs on Puglia) wandering on foot for hours every day exploring…

Lecce for lovers – well not quite!

Sold as the Florence of Puglia, I was very much looking forward to an eclectic mix of things to do here. We had booked a Hilton Garden Inn. We needed to save some money after our meal in the Grotto in Polignano a Mare – read here for that adventure – so we used our…

A Whirlwind Week In Puglia

It’s quite a regular occurrence for us to do a quick recce of an area for a week and try to fit in as much as we can. That way, if and when we want to return, we know exactly where to head for so we don’t waste any time. Puglia is somewhere we’ve wanted…

Polignano a Mare, Puglia

We waited a long time for this trip, originally organised for 2019, for one reason and also COVID, we finally got there in September 2021. We wanted, as we often do, to do a quick tour of the region, in order to familiarise ourselves with the area, so that when we return, which we most…

What to do in Barbados

I’ve been to Barbados once in my life,  Stayed at the best hotel on the island, bumped into a footballer or two, and ate in some of the famous restaurants inches away from where we stayed.  A lovely holiday, but I can’t really say I knew much about the locals or the island from that…

Barbados Escape – To The Crane

It’s not lost on me just how lucky we were to be able to escape at last! I call it a Barbados escape as it really did feel like we were doing something naughty! We had booked the trip on the off chance that Barbados would be a ‘Green destination’ on Boris’s traffic light list…

Mini breaks using Airbnb

Part Two – Newcastle Upon Tyne A town close to my heart, I grew up there and my family are still living there. It will always be home, and after 15 months of no visits, and not seeing my parents, it was time for a visit. Not being able to stay at ‘home’, we booked…