Spring has sprung in Salzburg

April 16, 2014 at 3:35 AM
Salzburg old town, Austria

Salzburg old town, Austria

My favourite season is without a doubt spring.  As winter wanes and the days grow longer and warmer it’s a sign that it’s time for us to shake off our winter doldrums. The fresh air and blossoming spring landscape inspires us to put an end to our winter hibernation and explore the world around us.  If I could choose any place in the world for a spring holiday it would be Salzburg.

The Austrian city stretches out along the Salzach River, on the northern rim of the Alps.  The city is not only famous as the birthplace of Mozart and the setting for The Sound of Music, but it also has some of the world’s most magnificent examples of Baroque architecture.

Travelling in twos: How not to kill each other

April 9, 2014 at 12:20 AM
Travelling in twos can be stressful...here is how to do it without wanting to kill each other (Photo: Pedro Ribeiro Simões)

Travelling in twos can be stressful…here is how to do it without wanting to kill each other Photo: Pedro Ribeiro Simoes

So you want to travel the world and you’ve decided that the best person to see it with is your spouse, your BFF, a co-worker, or your mum. When my husband and I had been married for just one year, we went on a six-month trip to Canada, and I can tell you from experience that when you’re with somebody 24 hours a day in a foreign place, even the best relationships are tested. I know of more than a few couples who were ready to kill each other after just a week.

And so, here is how to travel in twos – and still actually like the person once the trip is over.

Step back in time: A history tour through France

February 27, 2014 at 4:57 AM
Visit historic chateaux, battlefields and Roman ruins on a historic tour of France (Photo: Jim Trodel)

Visit historic chateaux, battlefields and Roman ruins on a historic tour of France (Photo: Jim Trodel)

France has a wonderful array of historic attractions to explore, from Roman amphitheatres and prehistoric cave art to Renaissance palaces and medieval fortresses. Step back in time and let history come alive as you explore historic sites in France. Here are just some of the historic treasures you’ll find in France:

Through the lens: 20 destinations for the incurable romantic

February 14, 2014 at 12:47 AM

A gondola ride on the canals of Venice; a picnic in California’s Napa Valley; a stroll on the white sand beaches of the Seychelles – these are the romantic moments that make special memories for couples in love. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner here is a look through the lens at 20 romantic destinations for those incorrigible dreamers and incurable romantics.

La Digue

Seychelles

Postcard perfect La Digue (Photo: Didier Baertschiger)

Postcard perfect La Digue (Photo: Didier Baertschiger)

School’s out: 10 half-term holiday bargains

February 6, 2014 at 12:23 AM
Have some family fun this half-term holiday (Photo: Cia de Foto)

Have some family fun this half-term holiday (Photo: Cia de Foto)

The February half-term holiday is a great opportunity for families to escape the cold weather and jet off to sunnier climates in destinations like Lanzarote, Egypt and Majorca – or you can stay closer to home and snuggle up in Snowdonia. Here are ten of my favourite holiday spots, all great half-term bargains for the family.