Why Cycling For Your Supper Is Super – My Bicycle Holiday To Provence

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, Europe, France, Savoir Cycles, Worldwide Vacation

bicycle holiday to Provence

I discover a totally different kind of holiday – one where I burn off calories by bicycling by day and tuck into decadent suppers without a worry by night, on a self-guided bicycle holiday in Provence.

It’s all about wandering through wine country, meandering down country lanes lined with vines, taking time to taste vintages and explore hilltop villages at my leisure, all with my trusty bike as a precursor to chowing down on the cheese board *and* dessert at the end of each day… 

Things To Do In Thanet: 10 Reasons To Be A Tourist In East Kent

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, England, Europe, Kent, Thanet, UK Staycation

Things to do in Thanet

As well as writing about travel on this very website, I’m the travel editor of a print magazine published in Thanet, a part of England that’s close to my heart.

I often find myself bragging about what I consider to be the best corner of my own country to the people I meet when travelling overseas, and I bang on about Thanet to fellow Brits as well.

So when I realised that I’d never actually blogged about the Isle of Thanet, the East Kent enclave that’s home to Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs – and some of the UK’s best beaches  – I decided it was high time I shared my love for the area with readers.

Here are just a handful of my favourite things to do in Thanet

In Photos: Brunei’s Beautiful Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Art & Culture, Asia, Brunei, Competitions, Photo Journeys

Brunei's Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque

Brunei’s Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque has some gorgeous tiling

On a day trip to the Brunei capital I was wowed by a selection of Bandar Seri Begawan’s highlights, from mosques and floating villages to food markets and museums.

But the country’s largest mosquewhich was built by the current Sultan was undoubtedly the most impressive thing I saw during my short visit to the tiny state.

In fact the Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque is one of the most impressive and beautiful buildings I’ve seen anywhere in the world…

Antiques & Ales: A Day Out Near Farnham By Bike

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in England, Europe, Savoir Cycles, Shopping, Surrey, UK Staycation, United Kingdom

Bears Farnham

Get on your bicycle and head to Bears, outside Farnham

I recently moved to Farnham, Surrey, a pretty market town less than an hour’s train ride from London.

Since the move I’ve been to Egypt, Italy, Menorca, the list goes on, but I’ve not made enough time to explore the area in which I actually live, until now.

I decided to get out my trusty bike and pedal my way through some local Surrey highlights.

This is the story of a leisurely day out which you can try too – exploring the picturesque town, rural antique shops and a craft brewery in the countryside just south of Farnham, all by bike.

Pulled Back To Portugal: Why I want To Revisit Portugal, In A 1-Minute Video

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, Europe, Portugal

Portugal

If you’ve been to Portugal before you’ll probably understand why I’m so keen to return, and if you haven’t travelled to the Iberian Peninsula before, I hope this tiny taster will encourage you to consider making plans to visit, sooner rather than later.

For now, you can visit Portugal in only a minute by watching this video

Weekend Shortcut: A Weekend Of Culture & Consumerism In Cardiff

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Art & Culture, Cardiff, Continents, Europe, Opinion, Shopping, UK Staycation, United Kingdom, Wales, Weekend Shortcut

Cardiff

Cardiff has a burgeoning street art scene

Weekend Shortcuts are complete guides to weekends away, written to help you enjoy a perfect short break without needing to do any additional research. 

If a weekend in Wales isn’t for you, gorge yourself on my weekend guide to Devon for foodies or slope off to read Cortina, Italy for non-skiers – or simply scroll down for a in-depth weekend guide to shopping and culture in the Welsh Capital.

This is an easy 2-night itinerary filled with art, museums, boutiques and of course tasty treats (hello Welsh cakes!) around Cardiff city and the bay area, all of which can be reached on foot….

Signs Of The Times: 6 Of The Best Cardiff Coffee Shops

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Cardiff, Continents, Europe, Food, Searching For Soya, United Kingdom, Wales

Coffee in Cardiff

Outpost coffee’s sign

During my recent weekend in Cardiff  – my first ever visit to the Welsh capital – I noticed one thing right off the bat; this city is crazy about quality coffee.

This list of 6 seriously good Cardiff coffee shops will help you stay sharp while you shop in the city centre, and the signage alone will entertain you even if you don’t need a pick me up…

My Multicultural London: 5 Ways To Experience London’s Diversity

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, England, Europe, London

multicultural London

I just couldn’t concentrate on anything or anywhere but London this weekend, for obvious reasons.

So I decided to write my own little post of defiance, to give the tiniest of glimpses, from own my personal perspective, on why London’s AMAZING multicultural energy won’t change no matter how many times we are the focus of attack by those who want to spread hate instead of love. 

The great thing about London is that it lets you be whoever the hell you want and do whatever the heck you like – no matter your background, colour, age, religion or anything else.

These are just 5 of the ways I like to experience the joyful multiculturalism of London