Europe

Tales, adventures and photography from Europe.
reflecting on italy

After recently spending a wonderful month in Italy with my partner, exploring and travelling, there was one question that kept coming to mind. Why do we enjoy this country so much? The answer, we think, is the genuine sense of community, simplicity and respect shown to all who visit. From

craft beer germany trinkhalle bochum

BOCHUM | The word Trinkhalle comes from verb trinken (drink), plus Halle, and is a German institution specific to the North-Westphalia region of Germany, and particularly in the Ruhr area (colloquially known as Ruhrgebiet or Ruhrpott), where the Trinkhalle resides. It is also known as Wasserhäuschen or Bude in some

10 things you realise upon returning to london

It happened. Just over 3 years since I left London, the city that I’d lived in for 3 years prior, I returned. This return wasn’t planned to occur when it did and I barely had time to contemplate the realisation that I’d be returning to London when, a mere 5

madrid food blog

Madrid is one of my favourite cities in the world. There are so many things that attract me to the city. The casual vibe, friendly, genuine people, vibrant nightlife, great weather, beautiful parks and brilliant public transport all combine to make Madrid a wonderful destination. One of the most appealing

florence historic center

Florence might have a lot of interesting things going on in the modern era, but there’s no doubting that the main draw-card for tourists visiting this Italian city is the history, art and architecture. It was a centre of European trade and finance, birthplace of the Renaissance, and one of

florence duomo baptistery

The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower) or the Florence “Duomo” (cathedral) as it is commonly referred to is a Gothic style cathedral that commenced construction in 1296 and was structurally completed in 1436.  The dome is the largest masonry dome ever constructed in the world. The Duomo is part

florence italy street scenes

Florence, the capital of Tuscany attracts tourists from all over the world who wish to experience the treasures that it offers.  In fact between April and October of each year, the number of tourists in Florence outnumbers the local population. Being a very wealthy medieval trading town, birthplace of the Renaissance

castello di gabbiano tuscany

Castello di Gabbiano is a castle and estate located in the Chianti region in central Tuscany.  This part of Italy is where the wine Chianti is produced (a blend of 70% Sangiovese, 15% Canaiolo and 15% Malvasia bianca).  Staying here overnight was certainly a step up from the usual accommodation that I

Jelsa is a small bay-side town located in the middle of the northern coast of the island of Hvar in Croatia.  The population of Jelsa is only 3,600, but this increases during the summer as tourists visit the town to see what it has to offer.  Despite this, it felt neither touristy

Hvar Fortress is one of the many discoveries to be found in the old town of Hvar, Croatia.  Amazing beaches, great food and a vibrant night life being amongst the others. The Cathedral of St Stephen, at the end of the central square of Hvar (the Pjaca), is a Gothic cathedral dating back to the 14th