4
Sep
2017
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Getting around the Amalfi Coast

Over the years I’ve covered a lot of Italy, but until July, the Amalfi Coast remained unexplored. Now, I see what all the fuss is about, certainly when it comes to certain parts of coastline, which are stunning. One albeit slight downside is that this part of the world isn’t that easy to get to. If you’re my kind of traveller, you’re used to flying into city airports, boarding a tram or a train, or (depending on your budget), hopping into a taxi and arriving at your accommodation in a few easy steps. If that’s what you hoped for in...
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27
Aug
2017
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Art Hotel Villa Fiorella, Amalfi Coast

Our recent trip to Italy got off to a rocky start. Firstly, I dropped my camera at the airport rendering it entirely useless (ouch). Secondly, we arrived at our hotel after a LONG journey, only to find that our room was double booked. Great. But there was an upside, a giant great silver lining which made everything better, in the guise of a gorgeous boutique hotel we would never otherwise have known about; Art Hotel Villa Fiorella. We had originally booked to stay in Art Hotel Gran Paradiso in Sorrento for four nights before heading onto Naples. On finding out...
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13
Aug
2017
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Caorunn Gin Garden at Hotel Du Vin

If you’ve visited Edinburgh during the month of August, you’ll know that the city takes on its own irrefutable vibe. Home to the world’s biggest arts’ festival, you can find just about any kind of entertainment if you look hard enough. It’s fantastic, and as a resident of the city, I love watching tourists and locals alike enter into the spirit of all that the Edinburgh Festival has to offer. Having said that, it can get a bit overwhelming. During August, Edinburgh’s population doubles, making it that much more difficult to get anywhere. People flock in their droves to the...
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30
Jul
2017
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Lemon and basil gin mojitos

The weather in Edinburgh was very contrary yesterday. One minute, it was warm and sunny. The next, the rain was coming down so hard it was bouncing off the pavement. Then it was sunny again, and so on, and so forth. In between sitting out in the garden and running indoors to take refuge, there were lemon and basil mojitos, made with the delicious Gin Mare. 31Dover – an online drinks vendor with an unbeatable selection of wine, beer, spirits and barware – kindly sent me a bottle of Gin Mare to try. Their timing couldn’t have been more perfect,...
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20
Jul
2017
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How to (try) and beat the post-holiday blues

I always suffer from the post-holiday blues. The days following my travels are spent strategising ways to still earn a salary while working my way around the globe. So far, I’ve drawn a blank. My latest jaunt took me to Italy, where I had four days on the Amalfi Coast, followed by three days in Naples. I arrived in the UK on Sunday afternoon and was headlong back into work on Monday morning. The post-holiday blues never made an appearance, and when I was still feeling good on Tuesday, I thought I had dodged them this time round. No such...
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8
Jul
2017
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Italy here I come

My case is packed, my reading list is in order and I have more podcasts downloaded than I’ll ever have time to listen to, which can only mean one thing; holiday time. For the next week, I’ll be in Italy, doing all the things you’d expect from la dolce vita. I plan to eat lots of ice cream, drink lots of spritz and generally take in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Since all of the above will be keeping me pretty busy, I won’t be blogging for a few weeks, but you can keep up with...
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