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,…

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…

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…

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…

Japan Part 3: Kyoto and Nara

Ok, so this post has been a long time coming (almost 10 months in fact!).  After our stay on Miyajima we hopped on a train up to Kyoto.  I was really looking forward to going here, I had read so much about it and the history (geeky I know) and wanted to see these places…

Milan

Having booked a few days off back in October and not really knowing what to do with them (well besides DIY  – but that’s boring right?) we took to the Edinburgh Airport website to see where you could fly to and then checked out where was offering the cheapest flights. Milan won. In keeping with…

St George’s Market

Every time I am back in Belfast, I make sure I always have time to visit St George’s Market.  Edinburgh has some great weekly markets, but nothing beat St George’s – partly because its indoor! Little has changed with the market since I used to visit as a kid, other than a few refurbishments over…

Japan Part 2: Miyajima

Late afternoon, after tearing ourselves away from Hiroshima we took a short train ride and ferry (all included in the handy Japan rail pass!) to Miyajima, which is a small island just off the coast, and home to the Itsukushima Shrine for which it is famous.  On arrival our hosts collected us and transported us…

Japan Part 1: Hiroshima

Watching the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday reminded me of our holiday to Japan in May, and the fact that I never posted about it! So here at last is the first part of our wonderful trip! After talking about going for ages we eventually booked our trip for the end of May.  Before we…