What better way to look back on a big travel year than with pictures from some of my favourite places and moments of 2012.

Villa Cheminée, Tatzu Nishi

Villa Cheminée

No your eyes are not deceiving you, that is a tiny little house on top of what appears to be an industrial chimney. It’s actually an art installation by Tatzu Nishi near Nantes in France. It’s a fake industrial chimney and the house on the top of it can be rented out by the night. I was lucky enough to get to go inside it and the views from the top were stunning.

My first big trip of 2012 saw me travel all the way down under to Australia. Having never been to Australia before, and having just finished my last ever exams at university I was more than a little excited! Arriving at my brother’s apartment there and seeing this sunset was the perfect way to start my trip.

Australia Sunset


Sydney Harbour Bridge Sunset

My first day in Sydney

I also went on two cruises in 2012, the first of which departed from the romantic city of Venice.

Venice Gondola

I love the colours in Venice

On my first cruise of 2012 I visited Kotor in Montenegro for the first time. Sailing up the ria towards the city and viewing the dramatic scenery on the way was one of the highlights of my cruise on board Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas.

Kotor, Montenegro, Cruise Ship

Grandeur of the Seas in Kotor

After my first cruise of 2012 I was lucky enough to travel to Rimini in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy where I took part in the exciting Blogville project. Whilst in Rimini I visited San Marino, Bologna and Cesenatico and enjoyed partying at La Notte Rosa.

San Marino

Fairy tale scenes in San Marino

I met some great people in Rimini and had a few big nights out with them, that inevitably ended up in us enjoying the sunrise from the beach across the road from our apartment. What better way to chill out after a night out than watching the sunrise with your toes in the sand?!

Rimini Sunrise

Just one of several sunrises I saw in Rimini

Bologna, Emilia Romagna, Italy

The rooftops of Bologna

On my second cruise of 2012 I visited Portofino in Italy and quickly fell in love with its picturesque coastline.

Portofino, Italy

Sailing towards Portofino, Italy

I visited one of my favourite places in the world during 2012 – Villefranche-sur-Mer in the glamorous south of France. This small town is relaxed, quiet and drenched in sunshine most of the year. I love sitting here at the waters edge with a glass of white wine and some delicious seafood treats.

Villefranche-sur-Mer, France


In October I visited Berlin for the first time. I was super excited to visit Berlin, as I’d heard so much about the city from many of my traveller friends. I wasn’t disappointed at all and loved seeing both iconic, historic Berlin and cool, contemporary Berlin that is becoming so popular.

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

Iconic Berlin

Berlin Bar

Cool, colourful, modern Berlin

Winter in Scotland. It’s freezing, but also wonderfully Christmassy. As I write this, I’ve just returned from a trip to Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh. I’ll be spending Christmas Day at home with my family (it’s my brother’s birthday on Christmas Day!). After that I’ll be heading back to Edinburgh to spend Hogmanay there (that’s Scottish for New Year).

Christmas in Edinburgh

Christmas in Edinburgh

So, Merry Christmas everyone and I’m wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2013!

Edinburgh View

Looking forward to 2013…