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Photo of the Week: an Icelandic House

Driving through Iceland’s stunning landscapes, I chanced upon a field in the sun: a lone house breaking up the sky and the horizon.

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Palafrugell Spain hotel

Stranded and Starving in a Four Star Hotel

When the TBEX conference and its accompanying blog trips finally ended, a part of me was dreading what came next. For most of September I’d enjoyed glamorous parties on beaches and in castles, star catering from the best restaurants, and more wine than my liver knew what to do with. Surely I wasn’t being forced […]

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Girona Spain Chef Xavier Arrey cooking class food market

Langoustines and Polylinguists: Turning Up the Heat in Girona

I’m ashamed to say that when I think of a Spaniard, I immediately think of the Mediterranean machismo type in a stretchy speedo, slinking around the sun drenched beaches of the Costa del Sol. And yet, two days after the TBEX conference was over, I found myself in a Catalan food market watching a head chef kissing a fish on its icy nose…

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Takeaways from TBEX

We stood, panting slightly, looking out over the pristine valley. Far off in the distance, I could just make out Girona’s cathedral spire, nestled in amongst the tree tops. “Just breathe it in. Peace, quiet…” An all too familiar beeping sound interrupted the silence. “…and Whatsapp.” Behind me, three different phones were pulled swiftly from […]

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The Besalu Bloghouse

Being a bush “Which is when I said to the others, ‘We have to have Flora in the blog house! She’s like a great big bush of potential!’” Kate and I sat in the airy, leather chaired board room of our luxury Spanish villa. Through the open door came sounds of laughter and the clink […]

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Why I Fell In Love With Lisbon

“And here is the statue of St Anthony, patron saint of the lost. Every June we have a huge festival for him – people of all ages, everywhere in the streets, drinking and dancing.” The three other members of our tour group nod, appreciatively. I am the only one not taking photos of the statue. […]

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Food for Thought: The Importance of Port

Disclaimer: the following post is the first in a series that will document my two-day post-conference trip through Northern Portugal, kindly organised by the Portuguese Tourist Board. I’ve never been on a sponsored trip before, so I’m breaking down my write up into three sections to fully describe everything we did. The next two installments, […]

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Travel Bloggers Unite: The Dance of the Mustard Party Pants

“This way for drinking!” A rousing cheer went up from the surrounding seats of our hire coach. Nomadic Matt led the party stumbling down the steps as we landed, one by one, in the pools of light that fell onto Porto’s main square. Behind him, Budget Traveller, Vicki Flipflop and The Time Travelling Turtle rallied […]

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Indulging in Italy: the Bold, the Boiling and the Inebriated

“Volete più vino da bere?” The man with the wine gestured to my glass. I looked up. Blearily. “He wants to know why we aren’t drinking,” my friend said, half-heartedly, from across the table. Seeing as the man was also her uncle, she was automatically on translation duty. She didn’t exactly seem keen on the […]

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Capture The Colour

If you’ve ever been anywhere with me, whether its all the way to India or just on a night out in Norwich, you’ll know I normally have a camera somewhere on my person. It’s a trait I’ve successfully inherited from my mother, a woman who filled boxes with undeveloped camera films while she was waiting to […]

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