Albania, Europe, Travel

The Beginners Guide to Saranda, Albania

Also known as Sarandë, this colourful Mediterranean city is a great place to stay if you want to explore more of the Albanian Riviera. If any place in the world ever involves the word 'riviera,' you can pretty much guarantee that means it will be beaut, and the Albanian Riviera- a stretch of olive grove-smattered… Continue reading The Beginners Guide to Saranda, Albania

Europe, Italy, Travel, Vatican

A Christmas Story: That Time I Got Kicked Out of the Vatican City

It was early December and myself and three fellow singers from the ship had been asked to make the trip to the Vatican to make a film to be shown to the passengers in the build-up to Christmas. Glory, glory, Hallelujah! A trip to the Vatican!! I'd been before, a couple of times, but in… Continue reading A Christmas Story: That Time I Got Kicked Out of the Vatican City

Europe, Spain, Travel

Barcelona is Better in Winter! (7 reasons to visit during off-season)

The first time I visited Barcelona was at the height of Summer about five years ago, and despite the fact that it was chockablock with people, I still fell in love with the city. The architecture is like something from another planet, the sun was shining, and the Catalan way of life is just as… Continue reading Barcelona is Better in Winter! (7 reasons to visit during off-season)

Albania, Europe, Travel

24 Hours in Gjirokastër, Albania (That time I fell in love with an actual town)

All research that I'd done prior to my arrival in Albania, was that many a person makes a day trip from Sarandë to Gjirokastër; but not so many opt to stay overnight in the mountain city. And I am just here to tell you guys: staying a night in Gjirokastër is 100%, absolutely, without a… Continue reading 24 Hours in Gjirokastër, Albania (That time I fell in love with an actual town)

Europe, Portugal, Travel

One night in Cascais (It was pitch dark and I still loved it)

What some people don't realise is that when you're a crew member of a ship you're technically not getting paid to travel the world; you're getting paid to work, and the travel is a side bonus. On the day in question that we arrived in Lisbon, sailing down the river to be greeted with beautiful… Continue reading One night in Cascais (It was pitch dark and I still loved it)

Europe, Italy, Travel

The Port City of Civitavecchia, Italy

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

Europe, Portugal, Travel

One Day in the Azores

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

Europe, Spain, Travel

La Sagrada Família, Barcelona…a Modern-day Wonder of the World?

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?