1201, 2015

Alternative Cities to Visit in Europe

By |January 12th, 2015|Croatia, France, Scotland, Spain, Travel Tales|2 Comments

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 […]

1509, 2014

Best Places to Visit in Spain

By |September 15th, 2014|Spain, Travel Tales|0 Comments

Spain is definitely one of my favourite countries in the world and I love being just a short plane ride away from the land of tapas, sangria and sunshine.

There are so many fantastic places to visit in Spain and I’m lucky enough to  have explored many of them (but still have lots more to see!). Here’s my favourite places to visit in Spain… […]

1206, 2014

My Top Things to do in Barcelona

By |June 12th, 2014|Spain, Travel Tales|2 Comments

Barcelona is a city that I absolutely adore. The architecture is some of my favourite in the world, the food is to die for and I love the constant buzz and excitement of the city. It offers the glorious mix of having a beautiful beach where you can relax with the sand between your toes and the sun on your skin and it also offers all of the things you’d expect from a cosmopolitan major city.

I’ve been to Barcelona probably around ten different times so I like to think I know the city pretty well (although I am by no means an expert) so here’s some of my favourite top things to do in Barcelona… […]

3005, 2014

Touring the Camp Nou – Home of Barcelona FC

By |May 30th, 2014|Spain|2 Comments

If you follow me on Twitter then you’ll probably have noticed that I tweet quite frequently about football (that’s soccer for my lovely American readers!). I love football and have done ever since I was little and I wanted to hang with my dad and brother while they watched it. I support two football teams, one from Scotland and one from Spain – Barcelona FC.

I watch pretty much every single one of Barcelona’s games during the season and for any boys out there who think girls are clueless about football, I’d be happy to prove you wrong and have a discussion about the offside rule, this summers transfer rumours or anything else football related! […]

2705, 2014

Barcelona City Guide for Cruise Passengers

By |May 27th, 2014|Ports & Destinations, Spain|0 Comments

The Catalan capital, Barcelona, is becoming an increasingly popular port of call for cruise ships sailing the Mediterranean and I can definitely see why. I adore the city with its striking architecture, sporting attractions, delicious tapas and the tantalising option of exploring the city or simply relaxing at the beach.

If you’re visiting Barcelona as a cruise passenger then here’s my […]

2605, 2014

Is Barcelona Safe for Solo Travellers?

By |May 26th, 2014|Spain, Travel Tales|4 Comments

The Catalan Capital, Barcelona, is without a doubt one of my favourite cities in the world. Every time I visit I find myself falling more and more in love with the wonderful architecture of my favourite modernista buildings and the smatterings of Gaudí’s work that punctuate the city. I remember how much I adore the juxtaposition of the buzz of the city compared with the far more relaxed pace enjoyed at the beach. My taste buds perk up at the scent of tapas and jamon and I am constantly surprised by the different panoramic views across the sprawling city afforded from various different points.

I’ve visited Barcelona around ten different times – as an undoubtedly annoying 12 year old on a school trip, with family, as a cruise passenger, with friends, with my boyfriend, for work and also alone. I’ve had many readers ask (via my Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter) if Barcelona is a safe place for solo travellers. My answer? YES! […]

2205, 2014

My City Break Packing List

By |May 22nd, 2014|Packing Lists & What to Wear In..., Spain, Travel Tales|0 Comments

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I LOVE packing! I’m a lover of being organised with most aspects of my life and packing is definitely one of them. I’m busy exploring Barcelona at the moment so what have I taken to the Catalan capital with me?

I’ve written a longer piece about what I pack for trips where I take luggage in the hold with me but this time I decided on carry on hand luggage only to avoid those pesky Ryanair fees for hold baggage (Ryanair, I know, so glamorous) and needed to stick rigorously to the 10kg limit. Luckily I’ve become quite the expert at packing light for carry on trips after recent escapes to Iceland and more with just my little suitcase. […]

1905, 2014

Surprise! I’m Going to Barcelona

By |May 19th, 2014|Spain, Travel Tales|0 Comments

I have a confession to make. I’ve been keeping a little secret from you all…I’m going to Barcelona tomorrow! Woohoo!

You might be wondering why I’ve been keeping it a secret and there’s a pretty good reason for that, I promise. […]

1103, 2014

Visiting Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

By |March 11th, 2014|Ports & Destinations, Spain|0 Comments

Before visiting Las Palmas de Gran Canaria as part of our cruise with MSC I have to admit that I wasn’t expecting to like this city anywhere near as much as I did.

I had simply expected to find a pretty standard touristy city with a gorgeous beach (each of the Canary Islands are blessed with stunning beaches!) and I certainly […]

303, 2014

Quirky, Cool Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

By |March 3rd, 2014|Spain, Travel Tales|6 Comments

I have to admit that before visiting Las Palmas de Gran Canaria I wasn’t expecting anything overly cool, unusual or exciting. I imagined it to be touristy, a little generic and similar to most of the other large cities and towns across the Canary Islands due to it’s popularity with young British tourists. I expected to find one of those places that’s perfectly pleasant with a nice beach, some cute shops and a few nice eateries but one that isn’t entirely memorable or interesting.
Boy was I wrong. 

I certainly didn’t expect to find hundreds of surfers, amazing street art and cool, indie cafes and restaurants, not to mention a pretty awesome beach! Add to this the temperate climate of The Canary Islands, thanks to being situated right next to Northern Africa, and you can see why many people are attracted to this little island. […]