Whilst staying in Rimini in July as part of the amazing Blogville project, I took some time to visit some different places within the Emilia Romagna region. Ravenna is famously known for it’s stunning mosaics and together with some other bloggers we headed to Ravenna to see the mosaics and explore the city itself. So here’s a few photos of some of the beautiful places in Ravenna…
The destination that most surprised me on my Eastern Mediterranean cruise earlier this year was definitely Kotor, Montenegro.
I knew to get to the city of Kotor the ship sailed down the bay of the same name, and I’d heard it had all the looks and character of a fiord, despite actually being a ria. Having sailed down a real fiord before, and seen some of the most beautiful sails in different countries, I really wasn’t expecting anything too exciting.
But I was so wrong.
If you’re a regular reader then you’ll know that I absolutely love cruise holidays. As this is published, I’m on my thirteenth cruise, sailing somewhere in the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean towards the south of France. So, I thought what better time than now to try to cut through any misconceptions you might have about cruise holidays.
Gone are the days when cruises were just for middle-aged couples; as are the stuffy images of class confinement which emerged from the days of the Titanic. Today, cruises can be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of age or social class.
The beauty of a cruise is that you simply have to unpack once, and the ship transports you to a number of exciting destinations with minimal effort from you. Whilst you enjoy a sumptuous dinner on board and sleep in your stateroom, the ship is smoothly sailing towards your next port of call. It’s an amazing feeling to wake up almost every morning (depending on your ship’s itinerary, of course) in a different place. It’s one of my favourite things about cruising.
This Sunday the 9th September, I’m flying out from Glasgow to Barcelona with my mum to embark upon a cruise with Holland America. I’m so lucky that this will be my thirteenth cruise, but my first one with Holland America. I’ve heard some great things about them from a number of different people, and with a tagline of ‘A Signature of Excellence’ I figure what’s not to love?!
So where will I be going?
I fly to Barcelona, one of my favourite cities in the world, and embark the ship there. From there it’s onto Monte Carlo, Monaco and France’s beautiful Côte d’Azur. I plan to get the train to Villefranche-sur-Mer, one of my favourite little towns in the world. The scenery is dramatic and the atmosphere is so relaxed. We’re lucky that the cruise ship doesn’t set sail until midnight so my mum and I are already planning to have dinner with a bottle of our favourite French wine and enjoy the gorgeous views.
I know my last post ‘London, It’s Not You, It’s Me,‘ put across my feelings on the UK’s capital pretty clearly, but there are some parts of London that I do really like. The Camden Markets are definitely one of the aspects of London that I really enjoyed on my latest trip there.
Camden Markets are filled with an unbelievable range of different products. Cute girlie shops and stalls with pretty dresses, shoes and adorable trinkets (these were my favourites!); kitsch stalls offering quirky products like carved wooden phone covers; and some delicious food are just a few of the things you can find here.
London. Great Britain’s capital city of more than 8 million people. The home of multiculturalism, a place where dreams come true and where people fall in love. Sounds amazing, right?
It was Samuel Johnson who famously stated that ‘when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life, for there is in London all that life can afford’. But I’m not so sure if I agree with him.