28 August, 2015

Flashback Friday: Barcelona

Barcelona - one of the most vibrant cities in the world, and the one place I never seem to be able to visit and squeeze in everything I want to do! The skyline is ever changing, and the tapas seems to get better every trip!

I found a great little place to stay in the city, so if you want a suggestion, then just click here to read my suggestion for a beautiful Bolt-hole in Barcelona.

21 August, 2015

Alcazar in Jerez

If you're ever in Jerez de la Frontera, then you must take time to visit the Alcázar. As soon as you walk through the arches below, you feel like the former Moorish fortress has transported you back in time!

The Alcázar is right in the centre of town, and it's a lovely peaceful place to spend some time, with beautiful gardens to wander around during your visit.

One of my favourite parts of the visit was the municipal pharmacy on the 2nd floor, which still has lots of equipment, jars and containers from the 19th century, as you might be able to see from the photo below.

The views over the city are also beautiful, and it's worth going just to take some shots from the octagonal tower - it's worth climbing the steps, even in the summer heat!

This was the last thing we did on our visit to Jerez, and we could have spent a lot more time here, as there was also an art exhibition to look at too - you might want to do it early in your visit, as the views may help you get your bearings when wandering around!

14 August, 2015

Summer reflections

As regular readers of my blog will know, I took a big leap this year and decided to take nine weeks off this summer. After recharging the batteries in Barbados for a couple of weeks; I spent the remainder of my time off in Portugal, one of my favourite countries in the world.

I spent the majority of time in the Western Algarve (away from the main tourist haunts!), but also took a trip to the Alentejo region, which lies just above the Algarve. The laid back way of life in Portugal, makes it the ideal place to relax and unwind, and I can easily see myself living in the country in years to come.

If I won the lottery, I know I would spend my time travelling. I am lucky enough to have my health and fitness, and there are too many places in the world that I'd love to see, and have the money to really enjoy. It always amazes me when people say they're glad to be home after a holiday, or would get bored with constant travel. I'm never sure whether these people are just genuinely content with where they live, or lack the imagination to discover what our beautiful world has to offer. Alternatively, perhaps I'm the unusual one who suffers with itchy feet - remember, we travel not to escape life, but so life doesn't escape us.

07 August, 2015

Travel Photo Friday: Silly signs

On my recent trip to Barbados, I stopped in a little bar for a quick drink and spotted this sign. Just to explain, 'cutters' are the Caribbean version of sandwiches, but take a look at the menu, and see if you spot anything amusing.....

Yes, you got it....mice meat! I was assured by some passing locals who were wondering why I was taking the picture that it should read 'mince' meat - I told them I was glad...you'd need a lot of mice to make a substantial meal! If you've ever spotted a funny sign on your travels, let me know - I'd love to see more like this!