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 …

Bruges’ architecture is stunning, no doubt about it. You could spend all day wandering around taking it all in, and you still wouldn’t tire of it. Check out my earlier post here for a little stroll around the city taking in the sights. We visited Bruges for two days. 48 hours to take in …