20 December, 2013

Festive Fun

As this is my last blog post before Santa starts making his way around the world, I just wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas. I hope you enjoy the festive season wherever you are spending the big day! 

Merry Christmas to one and all! 

13 December, 2013

Travel Photo Friday: Beautiful buildings

Today's photo was taken during the summer on a visit to The National Football Museum in Manchester. The unique building is in Cathedral Gardens, and opened in 2002 as part of a redevelopment of that area of the city. It has around 2200 glass panes, and looks absolutely stunning, especially on a sunny day! In 2010, the National Football Museum relocated from Preston, and is now housed here. It's well worth a visit, even if you're not a big fan of football, there's always plenty to see! 

If you want more information about the museum, visit the official website here, and if you'd like to contribute one of your own travel photos, then get in touch via the address on my contacts page.s

06 December, 2013

A secluded get-away in Sicily

If you've been following my travel blog for a while, you may remember several features on the beautiful island of Sicily. Today, I'm focusing on a boutique hotel set in a 40 acre estate in a dramatic and beautiful part of the Italian island.

Monaci delle Terre Nere is a stunning retreat on the slopes of Mount Etna. It is a Baroque house which has been transformed into a classy hotel which has beautiful rooms, and incredible views. The grounds are also breathtaking - full of fruit trees, grassy terraces, and there is an infinity pool with great views to the sea.

There are just eight rooms set in and around the main house, and all have an eclectic style incorporating the original features of the building - think 18th century antiques mixed with modern design. 

The hotel specialises in organic food and local wines, and there are also several wonderful restaurants which the owner will recommend if you want to venture out. That's certainly something you should do during the day as there's plenty to see here. Mount Etna (Europe's most active volcano) should not be missed, and you're only 40 minutes or so from Taormina, which has fabulous beaches and stunning scenery. 

This is a very unspoilt part of Sicily, and a very special place to stay. Monaci delle Terre Nere makes a great base from which to explore, but if you're simply looking for a get-away in incredible surroundings, then this is an ideal place for a bit of rest and relaxation.