A Few Days in Edinburgh

Edinburgh, Scotland's capital city is one of the most charming, historical and picturesque cities in the world. Fact. It's a city I never tire of visiting and I'm lucky that it's only around an hour Read more

Amazing Christmas Gifts for Travellers

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmaaaaas! It's getting colder outside, it's getting darker earlier and everyone is getting ready for Christmas whether they like it or not. Are you looking for the perfect Christmas Read more

Things I've Learnt from Travel

Recently I've been thinking a lot about the way in which travel has influenced my life. I think it's important to stop every so often and take stock of how much I've learnt, not only Read more

10 Photos to Make You Want to Visit Kotor, Montenegro

I didn't really know what to expect the first time I visited Kotor in Montenegro. I'd heard it was beautiful but I certainly wasn't prepared for just how beautiful it would be. The town Read more

Things That Will (Probably) Go Wrong When You Travel

No matter how often you travel things always manage to go wrong. They can be big things or little things but the way they affect your trip all depends on how you react to Read more

My October Travel Blogging Round Up

Where I've Been Well, October has been a little bit of a disappointing month travel wise. I was supposed to be going to Madrid for a long weekend break with my Mum as we like Read more

My 2013 Travel Adventures

Posted on by Emma Gray in China, Croatia, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Montenegro, Scotland, Singapore, Travel Tales, Vietnam | 10 Comments

2013 has been a pretty big travel year for me. I’ve visited fourteen different countries including six brand new ones taking my total number of countries to 33. Not bad!

I began the year watching fireworks light up the sky over Edinburgh Castle surrounded by other lovely travel bloggers. We were at the beginning of a whirlwind trip around Scotland seeing all that my beloved country has to offer. Everyone adored their time in Scotland and I was like a proud mother hen showing off the best parts of my country to everyone. Shockingly for Scotland the weather even behaved and we had warm temperatures, no snow and very little rain. Thanks, Mother Nature!
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Three Countries in Six Days in Pictures

Posted on by Emma Gray in Croatia, Destinations, Italy | 12 Comments

So last week was an incredibly travel intensive one for me as I visited three beautiful countries – Italy, Croatia and Slovenia. It was exhausting, exhilarating, liberating and amazing all at the same time. Since it’s been such a whirlwind and I’m still recovering and getting my head around it all, here’s a little introduction to my week in pictures…

Pesaro, Italy, Three Countries in Six Days

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The Beauty of Dubrovnik

Posted on by Emma Gray in Croatia | 5 Comments

Dubrovnik was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979 because of the stone protective walls which stretch for almost two kilometres around the city. I’ve walked on the walls twice and the views from the top are simply stunning and are certainly well worth the climb. I’ll warn you now, though, it can be quite slippery underfoot so make sure you have sensible footwear on if you plan to do this – trust me, I know this from experience. Walking in a pair of incredibly pretty, but highly impractical sandals is best avoided lest you end up with a sore bum and even sorer sense of pride!

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Me loving Dubrovnik (not pictured – pretty, but lethal, shoes!)

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Stunned by Split

Posted on by Emma Gray in Croatia | 4 Comments

Of all the ports of call on my cruise the Croatian city of Split was the one I was most surprised by. From the moment I stepped onto dry land I was absolutely blown away by how beautiful the city is. I entered the heart of the city inside the protective walls via a long tunnel that was a blissfully cool haven from the blistering heat outside. The small stalls inside sold many typically tourist items but if you were willing to look past that there are some smaller works of contemporary art and quirky one-off items to be found.

THINGS TO DO IN SPLIT

Leaving the cool of the tunnel behind I found myself standing in front of the Cathedral of Saint Dominus and the bell tower, which serves as one of the main symbols of the city.

SPLIT BELL TOWER

If you’ve read my article on climbing the Duomo in Florence then you’ll know that I’m partial to walking up hundreds of steps for a panoramic view so, of course, I had to climb the bell tower.  A mere €1.50 and 180 steps later in 30 degree heat and this was my reward…

THINGS TO DO IN SPLIT

THINGS TO DO IN SPLIT

THINGS TO DO IN SPLIT

Split Harbour

The captivating image of the bright terracotta roofs contrasted against the still turquoise waters of the Adriatic reminded me of Dubrovnik. Although I found it not quite as impressive as Dubrovnik, the view was still beautiful and it gave me a better impression of the size of the city.

One of the things I enjoyed most about the city was simply walking through its ever-changing streets. There are grandiose wide streets which are busy with tourists and locals alike and then there are those quiet, tiny little streets which you’ll often stumble upon in Split. These are always my favourite streets, the ones which really can’t be classed as a street- more as an alleyway or lane. They always offer a moment of peace in a city like Split which is overrun with tourists in the summer months. In these peaceful side streets it was hard to believe Split is home to nearly a quarter of a million people.

THINGS TO DO IN SPLIT

Wandering down some of the less populated streets also allowed me to discover some quirky architectural features that I wouldn’t otherwise have seen. I saw arches, clocks, faces carved into the stonework and many more. The whole city has many interesting nooks and crannies just waiting to be found. Plus we came across a pretty incredible ice cream parlour with at least a million different delicious flavours. I’m making myself hungry just writing about it!

Before you leave Split behind, in order to bring good luck you have to be sure to rub the foot of the statue of bishop Gregory of Nin, which stands just outside the northern walls of the Palace.

THINGS TO DO IN SPLIT

I think we all need a little bit of extra luck sometimes and I guess that’s why his foot has been so well rubbed! What luck am I hoping for? A return visit to Split, of course! One day simply wasn’t enough to explore the city and now it’s definitely on my list of places I want to return to and spent some more time discovering more of the best things to do in Split.

And maybe I’ll check out some more of that ice cream whilst I’m there…!