After St. Ives we spent a weekend in Padstow, often referred to as Padstein due to the abundance of Rick Stein restaurants in town. We sampled a lot of great food and drink whilst in town and also explored Rock, … Continue reading
Having never been further south or west than Devon we planned a week exploring Cornwall; probably the quaintest part of Britain (apart from the Cotswolds). We AirBnB’d a cosy, but practical, one bed flat in St. Ives harbour with sea … Continue reading
Our first proper trip as parents is in the books and, whilst definitely different, it was a lot of fun. We were determined to keep on traveling so, for Thanksgiving, we looked for some sun in Portugal.
We rented a villa with two other couples with kids and stayed in Cascais: a beach town 30 mins west of Lisbon. An old naval town with loads of character, it’s a great base to explore the Lisbon area. You can easily get into town on the train and enjoy the local beaches and historic sites.
From Cascais you can walk along the promenade to Estoril. A beautiful walk (3km) with superb views of the Atlantic. There are cafes along the route for a respite and you can take the train back if the little one is playing up.
We took a few trips into Lisbon and loved its European charm – packed with cafes and kiosks selling coffees and cakes and narrow cobbled alleys with hidden bars. Both times we started off at the Time Out market opposite the station, sampling as many local treats as we could stomach.
Our first real adventure was to Sintra. A pretty touristy place, but a true must see in the area. Sporting ancient fortified ruins and a Disney-style palace at the top of a hill it’s a great day out (€16). It’s tricky with a pushchair so we opted for the baby carrier. Also, the food in town is average: plan accordingly.
From there we walked uphill (you can tuk-tuk or bus it) to Pena Palace. This place is so amazingly over the top it’s hard to believe it’s real. So brightly painted, Disney’s editors would’ve even nixed these designs, but the king pushed ahead.
Cascais is also close to Guincho beach, one of the best in the country, and a very scenic coastal road links the two. There are coastal walks amongst the dunes and panoramic restaurants, but we spent our day at Bar do Guincho: a surf school with bar/restaurant which would be all the rage in Montauk.
Emerging from a loooong winter, a bump starting to bloom and a desire for sunshine we cashed in some Starwoods points and took a long weekend to Gran Canaria, in the Canary Islands. Sure, there is still a large party … Continue reading
Before we left for our big trip in 2013, Katie and I tied the knot in Siasconset, Nantucket MA and have been dying to get back ever since. Highly restrictive planning laws state the houses all have to be … Continue reading
With the August Bank Holiday coming up why not take a trip to a European city the has everything – architecture, culture, nightlife, a beach and fantastic food and SUN! Barcelona has the lot and it’s much cheaper than the … Continue reading
With not much on and some nice weather predicted for the weekend we decided to see a bit of Kent and get to know our own back garden. Setting off early we drove down to Knole Park (GBP 4 for … Continue reading
When we lived in the U.S. people were always taking their two-week holidays to Europe – all the places that were on the doorstep as a Brit, but lost out to places in Asia or the Americas which were more … Continue reading
After a busy few days, a fair few drinks and a long trip across the mainland (two ferries, overnight stay in Krabi and a bus ride) we were relieved to finally arrive at Ko Lanta known for its relaxed vibe … Continue reading
After the train ride that never seemed to end we were glad that we’d rolled into Nha Trang, a pretty fancy beach town by Vietnamese standards, that reminded me a bit of Florida in a way. Very randomly, Nha Trang … Continue reading