Don’t you love it when friends organise weddings in places you’ve always wanted to go – what a perfect excuse for a holiday – so when we got a save the date for July in Lake Como we were pumped … Continue reading
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
Read that title as “Amsterdam for people with kids who can’t go out in the evening anymore, but still want to go to fun places on bank holiday weekends”. High on the to-do list, with beautiful architecture and scenery, plus … Continue reading
Having a baby in tow makes bank holidays a little less far flung than they used to be, so this Easter we stayed local by escaping to the New Forest. Having not spent much time in the area, C was … Continue reading
Last Christmas, we finally got our act together and booked a Eurostar trip to Bruges to take in the Christmas markets in this dreamy town. We ducked out of work an hour early on the Friday and made it to … 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
Bank holidays are here again and the weathers picking up, so with some American buddies in town we hopped the train out to Oxford. To get to know the town and its history we signed up for the Footprints University … Continue reading
Gothic architecture, beer halls and goulash in underground caves – sign me up. Prague has lost its stag do reputation of the late 90s, but the things that drove the tourists there are still going strong, so this winter we … Continue reading