24 June, 2016

Flashback Friday: A place in Paris

With the European Championship currently taking place in France, what better time to flash back to one of my posts on Paris. It's such a beautiful city - one of my favourites in the world, but there are so many things to see you don't necessarily want to spend lots of time in a hotel, so why not get an apartment instead, and head out to make the most of the sights.

The apartment I feature in my post gives you the chance to experience authentic local Parisian life in a beautiful old building. Why not click here to read my original post.

17 June, 2016

Top 3 Caribbean Islands: The pick of the bunch

When I decided to pick three Caribbean islands to feature, I should have known it would be tough to narrow it down to only three! Where to visit depends on what you're looking for, as the Caribbean offers so much choice for different tastes and budgets. I finally whittled it down, but couldn't bring myself to put them in any particular order! Nevertheless, here are my top 3!

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Made up of 32 islands and cays, St. Vincent and the Grenadines lies to the west of Barbados and south of Saint Lucia. The islands are relatively deserted, with just nine of them inhabited, and they're simply beautiful. As well as luxury accommodation, the islands offer rainforest adventures and miles of powder-white sand beaches.....what more could you ask for!

Regular visitors to this blog will know I have a soft spot for Barbados. The most easterly of the Caribbean islands has the perfect blend of classy resorts and calm waters on the West coast, and stunning but wild, rugged beaches on the East coast. Whether you're looking for a chill-out spot, or great restaurants Barbados has it all. 

If I think of Anguilla, I picture white sand and pristine waters. I's one of the most northerly of the Leeward islands, lying East of Puerto Rico, and has everything you'd expect from a Caribbean island. White sand beaches,; turquoise waters, scenic bays and palm trees. There is a real slow, laid-back atmosphere on this island - just the place to escape from the rat race!

There are so many fabulous islands to choose from - if you have visited the Caribbean, let me know your favourite, and why you think it should have been on this list!

10 June, 2016

Friday's Lightbulb: America's parks

Some of the most spectacular landscapes on earth are in America's national parks. Think Yellowstone, and Yosemite - and I'm sure you get the picture.

In 2016 the National Park Service, the government body which protects and maintains America's 59 national parks and historic landmarks turns 100 years old. The NPS is desperate to ensure the parks are at their best for the centenary, so what better time to visit.

The parks are full of granite cliffs; stunning waterfalls, and incredible geysers spurting hundreds of feet high. Nature at its best, so why not mark the anniversary with a visit!

03 June, 2016

English country pub: The Bells of Peover

I don't know about you, but I just love a traditional English country pub! It's even better when you find one not only with great food, but also a great history, and that's just what this post is all about.

The Bells of Peover, near Knutsford, is an iconic Cheshire pub which is believed to date all the way back to 1839. It sits opposite the half-timbered mediaeval church of St Oswald, whose own records date back to 1269.

At the end of a quaint cobbled lane, you'll find a real warm welcome - the staff are fantastic. The chef's idea is to use the best of British seasonal ingredients, and I have to say the food is just perfect. I had a fabulous goats cheese dish, but it's an ever changing menu so don't get your hopes up for that one!

As well as superb food, the wine list is fantastic. We had a great chat with the manager about the wines on offer. Not only was he very knowledgeable, he also seemed to value our opinions on the prices and the selection that was available.

There is so much to learn about this place that you can actually pick up a double page of A4 on the history of the Bells of Peover in the bar! Just to give you a taster - if you're wondering why the flag of the United States is hanging outside the pub - in 1944, when American soldiers were billeted at nearby Peover Hall, General Eisenhower and General Patton made plans for the D-Day invasion of Normandy over lunch here. If it's good enough for them......