Turkey touchdown

As a country, Turkey was right up there in terms of places I was most excited to visit. It had been saved for the end of our Europe trip (in hopes of cooler temperatures) and boy, what a note to go out on. It was chilled out, cheap, completely new to both of us and…

London: a home away from home

London is one of my favourite cities in the world (ironic, given that we’ve made a deliberate choice not to move there). It’s lively everywhere you go, it’s green, beautiful and I suppose it helps that everything is in English. It’s a city that I feel immediately at home in.  We stayed a week in…

Lots of fun in the Maltese sun!

Since leaving Portugal, Malta had lurked on my radar as our next beach destination. It was now time for Malta’s sun to shine, and I couldn’t wait to dip not just my toes in the ocean. Better still, we were to be joined by George, who was taking a couple more days off work to…

A good time not a long time

My stay in Budapest was to be a short one: two nights, meeting up with Andy and pals after Sziget. As expected, they were exhausted, fighting sickness and suffering from mild cases of post festival blues. Luckily for me, they’d saved the bulk of their sightseeing until after the festival, so I got to see…

Ready, set, Prague!

Prague. Time for some me time; to relax, recover and do some laundry! Andy was off to Sziget (a music festival in Budapest) so I took the chance to spend some time with my brother in what was my favourite city last time I was over here. Hopefully it was going to live up to…

Berlin wasn’t built in a day

Berlin is massive. Like, huge. Fun fact being that geographically, it’s nine times bigger than Paris. I definitely had to pick out the activities I most wanted to do. Last time I was here I did a fair range of stuff, including Sachenhausen, so I was keen to find some different sights this time around….

Culture trip to inner Berlin

I’m not exactly a history buff, but if there’s any place that’s going to strike a chord with me, Berlin is probably it. Five nights in Berlin seemed like plenty, but as I left I felt I’d barely scratched the surface. On our first day we took a bit of a self guided walking tour…

Five nights on the ring road

Waterfalls are to Iceland as what Old Towns and cathedrals are to the rest of a Europe. I can’t think of a better way to traverse Iceland than by car, a 4WD ideally. Andy and Pete took turns driving and it gave us oh-so-much freedom to see waterfalls and oh-so-much more. We had five nights…

The Golden Circle

Unsurprisingly, the secret is out. Iceland is amazing and travellers world-wide know it. The Golden Circle would have to include some of the most crowded areas of all – probably because it is very accessible from Reykjavik, meaning foreigners can easily dip their toes into what Iceland has to offer. Personally, I never found it…

A coupley days in Reykjavik

Iceland’s biggest city and the world’s most northern capital is pretty darn small. It feels like an overgrown village, which is actually kind of sprawling. It doesn’t quite stretch out to the airport though: Keflavik airport is located about 50km from Reykjavik. We arrived at 1am and caught a 1 hour bus into town… the…