The port of Civitavecchia is a strange place. (In fact, sorry to say it, but most port cities are.) Located on the West coast of the great big golden boot of Italy, the city is known as the 'Gateway to Rome', which makes it sound far more glamorous and majestic than it appears upon first… Continue reading The Port City of Civitavecchia, Italy
Do you ever have one of those days that you just feel AMAZINGLY LUCKY AND HAPPY ALL DAY LONG? The day I visited The Azores Islands in Portugal was one of those days for me. We'd left the port of Martinique six days ago, and had been sailing across the Atlantic Ocean ever since, ending… Continue reading One Day in the Azores
Barcelona is positively overflowing with architectural works of art, and the building that is synonymous with the city is La Sagrada Família, the mammoth Catholic basilica which can be seen from just about any high vantage point across the entire city. The first time I saw it up close a few years ago, I was… Continue reading La Sagrada Família, Barcelona…a Modern-day Wonder of the World?
They call it London-by-the-Sea, and although I suppose it's justified in the way that it only takes an hour to get from London to Brighton on the train, in just about every other way I'd say- justified it is not. The seaside city of Brighton is a haven for hippies, the gay capital of the… Continue reading Five Things you have to see on a Day trip to Brighton
Did you know that once upon a time, Pisa was a seaside city with a full on major port? That's right pals, nowadays the city of Pisa sits on the banks of the River Arno not too far from the Tuscan coast of Italy, although until the 15th Century it was actually fully by the… Continue reading What to Do in Pisa
Valencia is a beautiful city on the South-East coast of Spain, and I fully appreciated every second of my time there- however short it may have been. Spain's third largest city after the far busier Madrid and Barcelona, Valencia attracts fewer tourists, meaning that although it still has plenty to offer to visitors from all… Continue reading One Day in Valencia, Spain
It was off-season in Mallorca and my pal and I had been strolling around the little suburb of Cala Major, a pretty little sandy beach on the outskirts of Palma, with no real plan for what to do that day other than 'see somewhere we hadn't seen before.' I'd say that's a very valid kind… Continue reading A Road Trip in Mallorca: Serra de Tramuntana and Andratx
Most visitors arrive in the city of Livorno by cruise ship, ready to head out into the surrounding Tuscan countryside or to the nearby cities of Florence and Pisa. Don't get me wrong, it makes sense that you'd want to head further afield to the more interesting, classically beautiful places. But what should you do… Continue reading What to do in Livorno, Tuscany