A Sunset in Oia, Santorini

Claimed to be one of the best sunsets in the world, I couldn’t not visit the picturesque village in the west of Santorini on a cloudless summers evening. My first stop was to visit some of the classic Oia view points, near the famous blue church, offering views over the caldera, and over the blue…

A Winters Weekend in Hallstatt

One of the prettiest villages in Europe, Hallstatt is pleasantly situated on the edge of Hallstätter See surrounded by the Austrian alps. It was an absolutely gorgeous weekend weather wise at the end of winter. Clear blue sky, warm in the sunshine and snow on the ground. On a day such as this, I had…

Lakes, Forests and a Tree House in Sweden

Imagine staying in a tree house in Sweden. Not a regular tree house, an architect designed, one of a kind, eco Tree Hotel, in the middle of a forest, close to the Swedish arctic circle. While I never had a tree house as a kid, it was definitely an experience I couldn’t turn down. A…

Flying high in Cappadocia

Ever since I first saw photos of the other worldly landscape of Cappadocia, it became one of those places I had to visit for myself.  Little wonder it was an inspiration for some of the scenes in Star Wars. So what is there to do in Cappadocia. Up the top of my list was a…

Autumn in the Lake District

What a stunning place, especially in the Autumn, and even under the flat grey sky that you see in the UK so often. I’m spending a long weekend in the Lakes District in late October. It’s always hard to tell when the autumn colours are going to be at their peak, but they weren’t bad…

Puffin watching at Skomer Island

Where do you go in the UK if you want to see puffins? There are three well-known puffin colonies in the UK. Lunga, one of the Treshnish Isles, just off the Isle of Mull in Scotland, on the Farne Islands off the coast of Northumberland, and on Skomer Island off the coast of Wales. And when…

A walk amongst the Bluebells at Ashridge Estate

One of the highlights of English spring time are the bluebells. First come the snow drops, later the daffodils and towards the end of April, beginning of May, come the bluebells. One of my favourite places to see bluebells is Dockey Woods, part of the Ashridge Estate, a National Trust property. Ashridge Estate is a…