Eating and Drinking in Porto

After my recent post on my  Top 5 things to do in Porto, I wanted to share my thoughts on the best places to eat and drink while you’re exploring city. Three weeks on from my trip, I am thinking very fondly of morning coffees in little cafes and sumptuous lunches with wine at bargain…

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Top 5 things to do in Porto

Every city has its own personality, its own rhythms, its own beating heart that keeps it distinctly unique. Often this je ne sais quoi is impossible to articulate. It’s just something you feel. A culmination of the locals, the visitors, the culture, the customs, the architecture, the traffic, the things there are to do, even…

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Looking back: An Arctic Adventure

It’s Friday night and I’m curled up in my toasty warm flat, listening to the wind and rain outside. Despite the imperfect weather, I’d rather be outside. It has been 2 weeks since my wonderful wild camping weekend in the Cotswolds, and as the memory slowly fades, I’m reflecting on some of the best times…

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Preparing for your trip

This time next week, I’ll be packing my bags for my trip to Porto! I have never been to Portugal before, and I have heard such positive things about this city, so it’s time to find out what all the fuss is about. Usually, I’m more of a mountain fiend than a city slicker when…

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Goals for 2017

After a really tough year back in 2012, I started making goals at the beginning of each January for the year ahead. Each month, I meet up with a friend, and we look at our goals and see what we’ve achieved, what is ongoing, and what is still left to work on.   I have…

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Highlights of 2016

From a political stance, I think 2016 may go down as one of the most traumatic years in recent history. Every day at work I hear about Syria, South Sudan, Yemen, Northern Nigeria and their deteriorating situations, then I get home and go on social media and hear about Brexit and Trump. It’s been a…

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Day trip from Stuttgart to Triberg

It might seem counterintuitive to spend a whole day outside of Stuttgart when I’m in the area for little more than 48 hours. However, the Black Forest had always been a place of intrigue, and it seemed silly not to pay a quick visit while I was in Southern Germany. After some research, I decided…

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My Surprise Trip: Planning, Packing, Preparing

Tomorrow I’m going on holiday and I don’t know where. I know I am flying from Gatwick airport. I know what time I need to be there. I know I’m there for two nights. But I don’t know much else. As usual, I will be writing up my holiday, but I wanted to share my…

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Ancient Rome and the Vatican

I love a weekend minibreak, but they always go by so quickly! It feels like we just arrived but we are now on a British Airways flight home. We have packed a lot into the short time we had, and I feel like I’ve seen the highlights of Rome. Yesterday morning started with the hotel…

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A Little Luxury in Rome

I am currently blogging from my luxurious double bed at the Westin Excelsior Hotel in Rome. The mattress is so comfortable it is absorbing my body weight like a hug, and numerous pillows surround my head. Dramatic red and gold floor to ceiling curtains cover the window and the walls are adorned with similarly hued…

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