27 March, 2015

Travel Photo Friday: The incredible Acropolis

Greece is a country I have only recently started discovering and I have to say it has blown me away on several occasions! The islands are stunning, Athens is crazy but fantastic, and the Acropolis.....wow. I visited in September when the temperatures were still high, but it didn't stop me enjoying my visit.

I took the shot above from one of the hills on the ancient site, and love how the green trees contrast with the creamy white of the acropolis. The marble can really start to hurt your eyes after a while, such is the reflection in the summer sun, so my top tip would be to go early, and try to beat the crowds. Also take your own water and food if you're going to be there over lunchtime - the stalls inside are expensive. It takes a good four hours to go round, but you could happily spend all day wandering around the site.

20 March, 2015

Flashback Friday: Discovering Ragusa

Sicily is one of my favourite places in the world. It's such a diverse island - you can enjoy a relaxing beach holiday, or tour the island exploring all the stunning villages it has to offer. One of the best, in my opinion, is Ragusa, set on top of a hill it's not only dramatic, but the Baroque architecture will blow you away. 

There is so much to see and do - and so much good food and drink to enjoy that you could easily spend three or four nights here, using it as a base to explore this part of Southern Sicily. 
For today's Flashback Friday, I'm taking you to the Baroque beauty that is Ragusa.

13 March, 2015

The Outlook Lodge - a contemporary American escape

Tiny Green Mountain Falls has been a resort destination side the late 1800's. Situated northwest of Colorado Springs, it rests along the historic Ute pass, with the area's most well known attraction, Pike's Peak, rising in the distance. It's secluded and peaceful in the winter, and it comes alive in the summer when local and national artists take part in annual outdoor events.

The Outlook Lodge was built in 1889 and has been turned into a contemporary escape - maintaining a rustic simplicity, but providing the creature comforts you'd want. There is a kitchen in the main lodge that guests can use, and the hot tub seems to be a favourite spot to chill out in as well!

There is a wonderful hands-off approach here - you're left to enjoy the lodge as if it were your own. Instead of a front desk, the key to your room will be in a secure lockbox at the Lodge, and all the information you need will be in your room. Having said that, there is a free concierge service through a local host if you do want someone to make dinner reservations, or even just find out more about the local area.

Set amongst the trees, the restored Victorian retreat has a wrap-around porch with rocking chairs, and a large outdoor fire pit - the perfect place to relax and enjoy the starry sky in the evenings.
Despite the quiet location, there is plenty to do here. The hiking around Green Mountain Falls is stunning - waterfalls and streams at every turn. If you'd rather take the more leisurely approach, a wander around Gazebo Lake is very pleasant.

If you're planning a family trip, or are looking for a get-together for friends, you can book all six rooms, and have the run of the place. If you'd like more information about Outlook Lodge, you can visit the official website here.

06 March, 2015

Travel Photo Friday: Visiting a tannery in Fez

The city of Fez is the third largest in Morocco, and is home to over one million people. Fez is famous for its leather products, and most of them come from the leather bazaar, otherwise known as a souq. There are three ancient leather tanneries, one of which is almost a thousand years old. 

Vast stone vessels are filled with dyes and liquids (including pigeon droppings!) and look like little pots of paint! The leather is dyed into beautiful colours; and the tanners stomp on the hides working them with their feet until they're soft and pliable, and eventually turned into leather products. The process hasn't really changed since medieval times, and it's an incredible sight. Well worth visiting if you're ever in Fez.