48 hours in Liverpool

Home to The Beatles and two successful football clubs, Liverpool was once Britain's second most important city. But there is more to Liverpool than just football and music if that isn't your thing. A lively and vibrant waterfront area, beautiful architecture and plenty of arts and culture, alongside a huge shopping centre and wide range … Continue reading 48 hours in Liverpool

48 Hours in Lincoln

Walking through the streets of Lincoln, is like stepping back in time. Cobbled medieval streets, charming half timbered buildings, the magnificent 12th century Gothic cathedral and the 11th century castle all surrounded by historic city gates. The city is beautiful and is compact enough to explore easily on foot. To add to this there are … Continue reading 48 Hours in Lincoln

Mini Break: York

I adore York. It was a city that I had been desperate to see for a very long time. It was also the first place that I booked a trip to completely on my own. I had travelled solo with tour groups for many years, having the cushion of people around to eat meals with … Continue reading Mini Break: York

Mini Break: Cambridge

Cambridge is a city for all seasons. With plenty of activities to fill both a rainy and a sunny day, it is a perfect city break destination. Easy to get to from London by train and compact enough to explore by foot. How has it taken me this long to visit? A Brief History Cambridge … Continue reading Mini Break: Cambridge

Photo Tour of Noto

Wondering whether to visit Noto? Take a tour! Noto is an ideal base from which to explore the southeast of Sicily. History In January 1693, a huge earthquake struck southern Italy destroying around 45 cities and killing over 60 000 people. The response to the reconstruction of some of these cities was to redesign them … Continue reading Photo Tour of Noto

Photo Tour of Ortygia

First glimpse of Ortygia as you cross to the island from the mainland of Syracuse.

Cant decide whether to visit Ortygia? Here's what you will be missing. If you are going to visit Syracuse in the south east corner of Sicily, you will definitely want to spend most of your time on the beautiful island of Ortygia which is joined to the mainland by three bridges. History Syracuse was first … Continue reading Photo Tour of Ortygia

Eight of the Most Beautiful Towns in Sicily

Cathedral in Ortygia

1. Ortygia Ortygia is really an island that is attached to the mainland by bridges. It is a labyrinth of small alleyways, but it is very hard to get lost as all roads eventually seem to lead to the Duomo in the main square. Leave your map in the hotel room and just enjoy wandering … Continue reading Eight of the Most Beautiful Towns in Sicily

Four Seasons in One Day: Mount Etna

Mount Etna

Torrential rain, hail, thunder and lightning, blizzards – welcome to Sicily! This was the weather on day one! I had spent lots of time prior to leaving, trying to work out what to pack for a trip in April and most sites had mentioned warm sunshine and maybe some showers. Be warned that you will … Continue reading Four Seasons in One Day: Mount Etna

Visiting Sicily in April

View of Mount Etna from Taormina

Personally I enjoyed visiting Sicily in April, but you do need to go prepared. It is early in the season and the weather can be unpredictable! You will see some beautiful sunny days, but you are also likely to get caught in some rain and possibly even snow if you are in the mountains, so … Continue reading Visiting Sicily in April