• SPOTLIGHT ON: Cortina

    A ski resort so famous they named a car after it.

    Despite a reputation as the playground of the well-heeled, it turns out you can a-Ford Cortina (if you can pardon the pun) – whether you ski, snowboard or just love shopping, this Dolomite town is well worth the drive from Venice…

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  • The Brexit Brits

    A new series on travel-loving Brits who backed away from life in the UK well before Brexit.
    They tell us their tales of expat life and explain what it’s really like in destinations as varied as Vienna and Vancouver.

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  • Weekend Shortcut

    In this series I aim to get back to travel blogging basics by explaining how to have a perfect, easy to organise weekend away, whether right here in the Uk or further afield.

    Let’s leave you to concentrate on enjoying your break – rather than Googling the heck out of hotels & activities – because let’s face, the research phase can be a real holiday buzz kill…

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  • Oh Canada

    Come with me as I explore the country I called my second home – from exploring British Columbia’s biggest city to the ice skating on Manitoba’s frozen river via days spent at rodeos and weekends camping and crabbing…

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The Perfect Place to Stay in London – The Zetter Townhouse

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in England, Europe, Perfect Places To Stay, UK Staycation

Zetter Townhouse

Keep your eye on The Zetter Townhouse

I was on a mission to track down the perfect hotel for a decadent day of afternoon tea, gossip and girlish fun, and one by one had written off many of the hotels in Central London for being too corporate, too cliched or too bland.

I had The Boundary on my decadent shortlist, along with The Town Hall Hotel (and 40 Winks crept in there too in its silk nightie), but something told me if would be worth waiting for the Zetter Townhouse to open its little Georgian door to me!

5 Ways to Have a Franc-free Few Hours in Zurich – A Weekend Break to The Swiss City

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Europe, Switzerland, Worldwide Vacation

Zurich Tram at Burliplatz

Zurich Tram at Burliplatz

When asked to think up the perfect European city break destination, I doubt many people would name Zürich, but as I discovered there’s a lot to love about this pretty little Swiss city. Fresh mountain air, a medieval old town, world-class art and cafe culture, all with a stylish urban twist: for the seasoned city-breaker Zürich is an absolute no-brainer. Here’s how to have a perfect Zürich weekend break…

Volcanic Ash Tags – The Icelandic Volcano in Images

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Europe, Iceland, Opinion, Worldwide Vacation

the-town-of-vik

Iceland

The Icelandic Ash Cloud first anniversary caused me to dig out some photography to share with you. 

This time last year I was just back from a well-timed visit to Iceland, fresh from scooping up particles spewed out by Eyjafjallajokull that some enterprising souvenir shops in Reykjavik were actually selling for a princely sum.

The Icelandic volcano might have been a terrible inconvenience but the photos allow us to gasp in awe at the undeniable power of nature

Travel Ate My Sandwich

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in England, Europe, Food, Opinion, UK Staycation

 

A proper English scone

A proper English scone

The far South of England is a traditional, patriotic place, in much the same way as the deep South of the USA. It’s also one of the many parts of the UK where food is served on what I call continental time – i.e. with strict lunch and dinner times, observed as religiously as prayers and very little truck with eating outside these sacred slots. Fish is for a Friday, a roast is for a Sunday and seasonal local produce and slow food is not a movement or a trend inspired by Abel and Cole, but a way of life.

Where to shop in Spain if you like Zara

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Europe, Morocco, Shopping, Worldwide Vacation

Zara Clothing

Zara Clothing

Everyone loves a bit of Zara, but I have a few other favourite Spanish stores which I seek out to go bargain-hunting whenever I hit Spain or other Spanish territories.

So where should you shop in Spain if you like Zara, and want some chain stores which haven’t made their mark on the UK but have similar quality, prices and styles? And I don’t mean El Corte Ingles…

Photo Journey Around Jemaa el-Fnaa, Marrakech

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Africa, Food, Morocco, Photo Journeys, Worldwide Vacation

Jemaa el-Fnaa By Night

Jemaa el-Fnaa By Night

Marrakech’s highlights are undoubtedly food and shopping and both are best accomplished in and around the legendary surroundings of Marrakech’s central square. Your shopping will be chaotic and your food eaten in a throng of people while the stalls’ sales people grab more customers from amongst the crowds, but the experience is unforgettable.

If you’re lucky rushing around the souks looking for that perfect tan leather handbag might just work off some of the calories from the barbecued meat and plentiful patisseries too.