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The Laing Art Gallery Newcastle

The Laing Art Gallery is located in the city centre of Newcastle upon Tyne. Entry is free. Opening hours are 10am – 5pm Tuesday to Saturday, and 2pm – 5pm on Sunday.  It’s closed on Mondays. I loved that the Gallery has several al fresco murals on one of its exterior walls. Close to the Gallery […]

Scarier than Fiction: Discovering the Real Life Dracula in Transylvania

Forget strings of garlic, fluttering bats and every other cliché associated with the Dracula story. Transylvania’s Bran Castle (and its terrifying history) throws some serious shade on Bram Stoker’s tale. Located in Romania’s Carpathian...Show More Summary

Farewell Summer! Highlights from the 2016 Season at Mykonos Panormos Villas

We’ve only got a few weeks left until we take our winter break at Mykonos Panormos Villas. We’ve had great fun as always this year, so, as the season draws to a close we thought it would be fun to take a look back over what’s been aShow More Summary

5 Frightfully Good Things to See and Do in Dublin

From chilling hauntings to thrilling bus tours, the following are just a few of Dublin’s spookiest attractions to experience the next time you visit the Irish capital. Malahide Castle A photo posted by Catherine Clarke (@cate_clarke)...Show More Summary

First Light exhibition by Louise Cattrell at the Granary Gallery, Berwick upon Tweed

The First Light exhibition by Louise Cattrell is on at the Granary Gallery in Berwick upon Tweed until 29 January 2017. ‘First Light’ was commissioned by Berwick Visual Arts as part of the International Print Biennale taking part across the north east of England in October 2016. All my favourites in the ‘First Light’ exhibition […]

16 Movie Destinations that Will Make You Fall in Love with Europe

Pack your popcorn, we’re taking you on an epic journey to some of Europe’s most cinematic destinations… Ireland     Kerry, Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens: When scouting for locations for Star Wars The Force Awakens VII, the rugged good looks of Co. Show More Summary

Photo Tour of Camley Street Natural Park London

The Camley Street Natural Park is located close to King’s Cross Station. I happened to spot a sign for it when I was in the area, and decided to take a look. The park was created in an old railway coal yard which was saved from redevelopment in the 1980s. The park has a visitor […]

Ryanair Stories: Mission to the Dordogne Region of France

Ever dreamt of being a princess?  Or a gallant knight?  No matter what your age, you’ll realise that the Dordogne region of France with its rolling hills dotted with castles and manors is the stuff of storybooks. You could easily get...Show More Summary

10 Reasons You Need to See Belfast Now

Whether you opt to eat everything in sight, absorb the enthralling history, or escape to Belfast’s beautiful surrounding areas, this ‘wee city’ is the place to be right now.  It’s a Foodie’s Paradise   As Northern Ireland celebrates their Year of Food and Drink, there’s no better time for foodies to savour the capital’s culinary delights. Show More Summary

Six Ways to Get to Know Sofia

Sofia is an absolute gem of a city break destination. Not only does it offer unbeatable value for money, but there’s plenty to write home about too. First time in the city? The following are six ways to make the most of your trip to the Bulgarian capital. Show More Summary

Review of the Scandic Europa Gothenburg

I stayed at the Scandic Europa Gothenburg for one night prior to my cruise along Sweden’s west coast. My stay was organised by the West Sweden Tourist Board. I was glad that the hotel was so centrally located. I arrived in Gothenburg on the bus from the airport around 8pm after a ten hour door […]

9 Reasons to Choose Shannon as Your Gateway to Ireland

Shannon Airport, located on Ireland’s west coast, is a hop, skip and a jump away from some of the island’s most spectacular scenery, culturally rich cities and enchanting coastal routes. Ideal for those who are short on time, Shannon...Show More Summary

A Local’s Guide to Marrakech

Hi! I’m Amanda an American expat who fell in love with a Marrakechi boy 13 years ago. Four years ago we decided to move from the US to Marrakech to put down some roots and make Marrakech home. I have a passion for food and exploring the authentic sides of cultures and food traditions. Show More Summary

Feeling Hung Out to Dry in Greece After easyJet Flight Cancellation

We were due to fly home from Corfu to Newcastle with easyJet on Sunday 9 October 2016. On Saturday morning when I checked my emails, I noticed an email from easyJet informing me that our flight had been cancelled due to a strike by Greek air traffic controllers. At that stage, the strike was due […]

Photo Tour of the Smith Art Gallery and Museum in Stirling, Scotland

As I hadn’t been to the Smith Art Gallery and Museum in Stirling for decades, and the weather forecast predicted rain, I decided to pay a visit during a recent trip to the area. I wasn’t able to take any photos of the exterior, or the garden, of the Smith Stirling, as  heavy rain had […]

Where to Eat During London’s Restaurant Festival

Attention all foodies: For the whole month of October, some of London’s best restaurants are offering you the chance to indulge in amazing dining experiences for a fraction of the usual cost. Knives, forks and chopsticks at the ready, the following are 10 of our favourite picks from London’s Restaurant Festival. Show More Summary

Golf Holidays to Suit You To a Tee: Europe’s Best Golf Courses

Since it’s Ryder Cup time and the world’s gone golf mad, we thought it might be a nice time to take a look at some of the incredible golf courses around Europe, all just a short flight away. There are thousands upon thousands of courses...Show More Summary

Ibiza Closing Parties: The Ultimate Playlist

The temperature is starting to drop in Ibiza but the island is still bursting with clubbers and sun seekers. Each autumn, as the summer draws to a close, you may hear friends and colleagues say ‘I’m going to the Ibiza closing parties’ and wondered ‘what’s the big deal?’. Show More Summary

Visiting Alexandra Palace in London

I finally got around to visiting Alexandra Palace in north London this year. It first opened as an entertainment venue, known as the People’s Palace, in 1873. It was named after the Princess of Wales, Alexandra, But it burnt down in a fire only 16 days after opening. The rebuilt Palace opened in 1875. I first […]

Italy Uncovered: The Hidden Treasures of Urbino

Urbino is one of Italy’s finest Renaissance cities. The university town has a remarkable artistic legacy and today it boasts a perfectly preserved centro storico (old town) with a lively student atmosphere.  Often overlooked for the more famous cities of Florence, Rome and Venice, Urbino has much to offer to the discerning traveller. Show More Summary

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