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... Continue Reading →

Feis Ile 2014: Islay & Jura

Back in May myself, Stuart and 6 of our friends headed off for a weeks holiday to the beautiful Island of Islay. Our main reason for visiting was for the Annual Feis Ile – an 8 day festival of all things whisky and music related – not for the faint hearted I assure you! But... Continue Reading →


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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

Tivoli, A Winter Wonderland

When in Copenhagen a few weeks before Christmas, Stuart and I headed to Tivoli Gardens to instil some festive cheer in us.  Landing in the middle of storm did nothing to make me feel festive! I have wanted to go there for years, but always timed my visits to Copenhagen when it was closed. But,... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

Arran Malt & Music Festival

Last weekend Stuart and myself, along with 5 of our friends decided to take advantage of this wonderful Scottish ‘Summer’ we are having and spend the weekend camping on the beautiful Island of Arran.  Luck would have it that it was also the Isle of Arran Distillery's Malt and Music Festival, but more importantly 18... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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