Travelling along an elevated section of the A57(M) on a Friday afternoon, the high rise buildings of Manchester appear into view. I love that sight – the first glimpse of the big city that you are about to visit. It builds a sense of anticipation about the trip and an excitement about what’s in …

Chester sightseeing – a perfect weekend escape You know those times where you just need to escape, even if it’s just for one night? Every now and then those moments grip me and I have the urge to get away. It’s great to have something to look forward to. The run up to Christmas …

What do you look for in a city centre hotel? I don’t know about you, but I spend far too much time pondering about city break hotel stays. More often than not, you’ll end up with an expensive hotel that doesn’t really offer great value in terms of the room rate. Recently when visiting …

As a Reading resident, Oxford is practically on my door step. I have often visited the city for nights out, concerts and walking tours. There has usually been a specific reason though, so I haven’t had the chance to fully explore the city. Recently, I had some concert tickets booked so decided to make …

A weekend in Lille What do you look for in a hotel for a weekend city break? For me, I am at the point in my life where a cheap and basic hotel doesn’t quite cut the mustard any more. If I need a base to explore a city for a couple of days …

A damp and cobbled street in Vieux Lille

One final trip of the year As autumn was kicking in a couple of months ago, I started to do that usual thing where  you check your remaining leave days at work and wonder how you can squeeze in an extra little break. It turns out that I had a few days left to …

Bath Christmas Market stalls in front of the Hospital of St. John the Baptist

I love a good Christmas Market. My first visit of the year makes me feel like the festive season has truly kicked off, although I do have a general rule that it should not be until at least the first of December. I threw caution to the wind this year though and broke those …

Planning a Caribbean trip, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For the majority, I would guess that it’s beautiful white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, cocktails and palm trees. Is that you? Well, it’s definitely me, I can promise you that. So once upon a time, my other half suggested that we go …

If you are looking for somewhere to stay in Bruges, then look no further. I would whole-heartedly recommend the Grand Hotel Casselbergh. This four star luxury hotel is located in the centre of the UNESCO World Heritage City of Bruges, a mere 150 metres from the Grote Markt and the Burg Square. Situated in …

I’m guessing that Barcelona is on most people’s lists of city-breaks in Europe? It has everything going for it. It’s cultural. It’s cosmopolitan. It has beaches. It has wonderful history and architecture. It has great food. It has all of these things in abundance. Oh and being in Spain, it has sunshine. I knew …