The Côte d’Azur, France is one area I never get tired of exploring. I spent a day there whilst on my recent cruise with Holland America. Our ship, MS Ryndam, docked in Monte Carlo, after a beautiful, slow sail into the port.
There’s something pretty special about a glittering sea…
I’m getting tired of the conversation I have with so many people when I’m travelling. It goes a little something like this…
New person: ‘So where are you from?’
New person: ‘Oh cool! I’ve been to Edinburgh, but that’s it.’
I literally grimace every time I go through this. Although Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital, it really shouldn’t be the only place that people visit. Although, I can see why people are drawn to the capital and I’ll gladly admit that Edinburgh is undeniably prettier than Glasgow.
The coastal Italian town of Portofino is undoubtedly one of the most photogenic places I’ve ever visited. It’s one of those destinations where you can pretty much just drop your camera and still end up with some incredible shots.
I arrived in Portofino by boat, from the nearby town of Santa Margherita, which is another stunning town on the Italian Riviera (although, I don’t think there’s any coastal towns in this area that aren’t drop dead gorgeous!). Sailing in to the little harbour of Portofino I was taken aback with just how picturesque it was. It’s the type of place that in real life, looks exactly like it does on postcards.
I’ve been lucky enough to visit the stunning Algarve region of Portugal on many occasions. It’s close proximity to my home in Scotland, and it’s infinitely better weather, makes it an ideal destination for me to escape to for a few days. It’s definitely one of my favourite short-haul places to visit and I like to think I know a few great places in the area, so these are my tips for tourists visiting the Algarve…
- The beaches of the Vale do Lobo area are gloriously unspoilt. While you’ll find the beach in Albufeira beautiful, but crammed full of tourists, only a few miles down the road you’ll find quiet, peaceful, picture perfect beaches where you can truly relax.
I’d seen pictures of Besalú, Spain before I arrived, but I wasn’t prepared for just how stunning it would actually be. As we drove into the town our first glimpse was of the medieval Viejo Bridge, and I was blown away by how much it looked exactly like the pictures. You know sometimes when you go to a new place and you’re disappointed because what you really see isn’t as good as what the pictures portray? Well, if anything Besalú was already better.
Viejo Bridge (aka the fairy-tale bridge)
I was desperate to explore, and on my first walk around the village of just over a thousand people, I felt like I was walking in a fairy-tale setting. Read more
Santa Margherita on the strikingly beautiful Italian Riviera was undoubtedly one of the best places I visited on my recent cruise on-board MS Ryndam. Sailing on our small tender boat from where the ship was anchored, Santa Margherita seemed to rise up out of the water before my eyes. It is truly one of the prettiest places I’ve ever seen.