Istanbul

Istanbul is somewhere I have wanted to visit for a while, not for any particular reason other than it looked amazing (and also Ottolenghi's 'Mediterranean' did nothing to put me off!).  Luckily in January Turkish Airlines had a sale on and we managed to get bargainous flights direct to Istanbul for some springtime sunshine!  We …

Lisbon

Lisbon was the next stop on our mini Portuguese adventure, with Porto having been the first.  An easy three hour train journey from Porto takes you to the heart of Lisbon.  Again, we opted to use Airbnb, and stayed in a lovely one bedroom apartment in a quiet central area of the city. Lisbon is …

Portavadie Marina

Back in September we were looking for a few days away and after some recommendations we packed up the car and headed to Portavadie Marina.  Portavadie is situated on the Cowal Pennisula on the West coast in what is often referred to as Argyll's Secret Coast.  Looking at the map there are two ways to …

Porto, Portugal

Porto (or Oporto to give it its proper name) sits near to the mouth of the Douro River, about 3 hours north of Lisbon.  Most famous for its production of Port, it is however (to my mind, anyway) an underrated holiday destination. We wanted a short pre-summer break, and our brief was simple; somewhere warm with …

Japan Part 4 : Tokyo

At last I have got round to writing about the last stop on our trip to Japan, but most embarrassingly, its a year ago today since we went!  We left Tokyo until the last city on our adventure, mainly to stop us having a mad dash across the country the day before we left! But …

Easter Fun!

Normally we both work over the Easter Holidays, but due to a special birthday in Stuart’s family we were headed en-masse to Wigtownshire to celebrate with his extended family. The journey down thankfully started out great, clear blue skies – had spring finally arrived?! But then the remnants of last weeks snow hit, plus our …