January is traditionally the most depressing month of the year, so when I was invited to stay in a beautiful, 18th century castle on the outskirts of Edinburgh I literally jumped at the chance.
Just call me Princess Emma.
Melville Castle is around 6 miles from Edinburgh’s charming city centre and sits at the heart of leafy woodland and manicured gardens. Although the castle itself dates back to the late 18th century, it was left to rack and ruin in the late 1980′s and in 1993 the roof and many floors had collapsed due to being neglected and completely exposed to the elements. Read more
Bruges (or Brugge in Flemish) is one of the most idyllic, fairytale-esque cities I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting. I’ve just returned from a magical four days exploring the city and fell head over heels in love with the quaint canals, gorgeous architecture, multitude of beers and super friendly locals.
This is the view that you’ll find on 8 out of 10 postcards from Bruges and there’s little wonder why. It’s absolutely gorgeous! I adore the watery reflection of the buildings in the canal and the bright blue skies during my visit made everything look that bit better. Read more
I’m super excited for this weekend to hurry up and get here because I’m off to Bruges! It’ll be my first trip out of the country in 2015 (I’ve already been travelling within Scotland, of course!) and I can’t wait to grab my passport and get on that plane!
I’ll be travelling with Thomas and his parents as it’s a little celebratory trip for his father’s birthday. What a fantastic gift! We’re going for 4 days and I just can’t wait to start exploring. Read more
You know that feeling when you want to take a trip but aren’t sure where to go?
Sure, you could hit up some of Europe’s big-name cities like Paris, Rome, Barcelona or Madrid but, maybe you’ve already been there, or you just don’t feel like going somewhere that feels as though everyone visits. Or perhaps it’s that the inflated prices of the popular cities are simply not in your budget (yeah, I hate that). Either way, don’t let that stop you travelling.
In any country there’s always an alternative to the big, popular city where you can wander without fighting your way through those groups of Asian tourists fighting with each other to get the best photos on their gigantic cameras. There’s somewhere else you can visit that is less touched by tourism, doesn’t have the inflated prices and just feels more relaxed away from the crowds.
Check out my pick of amazing alternative cities in Europe to visit… Read more