Visiting the State Hermitage Museum St. Petersburg – Do’s and Don’ts

Visiting the State Hermitage Museum St. Petersburg – Do’s and Don’ts

When in St. Petersburg…  the State Hermitage Museum is probably on most visitors itineraries unless their time in the city is extremely limited. One of the largest publicly accessible palace complexes in the world, the Winter Palace and its annexes house an amazing collection of…

Holidays Stylish gifts for Travellers 2019

Holidays Stylish gifts for Travellers 2019

Every morning when I drive to work, I hear them now, adverts for Black Friday, mixed in with the first Christmassly chimes! My mother decided to spend Christmas  in Spain and is heading off, which gets me thinking about seasonal gifts, especially gifts for travellers…

Classical Music in St Petersburg: How to find  hidden treasures

Classical Music in St Petersburg: How to find hidden treasures

Russia and the former Soviet Union have an excellent reputation for classical music and dance performances. And when visiting St Petersburg, the Mariinsky (formerly Kirov) Theatre will spring to mind. It is the most famous theatre in St Petersburg – and also the most expensive.…

My Visa-free Russia Trip

My Visa-free Russia Trip

Now that I have returned from Russia, I cannot wait to give you the full report on my visa-free Russia trip! I booked this a few months ago when I figured out I can visit Russia without a visa, if only for a relatively short…

My Morrissey Years and a Saal Digital Photobook review

My Morrissey Years and a Saal Digital Photobook review

Do you print your photos? Make postcards? Books?  I used to, but my efforts in recent years have been pathetic. I am never sure which printing companies print a good quality photo or gift.  Most of my pictures have been languishing on hard drives and…

Small, Obscure and Super Tasty: A Gaillac Organic Winery Tour

Small, Obscure and Super Tasty: A Gaillac Organic Winery Tour

Gaillac is one of the oldest wine regions in France, yet it is little known outside France. But if you like your wine organic, and your organic winery small and fuss-free, an organic winery in Gaillac might be one of the best places to visit.…

It’s Oh So Quiet (but March 2019 was rather happening)

It’s Oh So Quiet (but March 2019 was rather happening)

It’s been quiet here but in reality, March was rather busy. So, to not let things slump a bit round here, I try to catch up. So, what’s been happening in here while there was radio silence in the blog? I quit my job Well, I…

My favourite honeymoon destination –  the dreamy and the realistic

My favourite honeymoon destination – the dreamy and the realistic

I found this in some leisurely after-work travel surfing session and it strangely spoke to me… Well! We are getting married in a few days time and while our honeymoon is all bottled up (just!), here is my bit on how we found our favourite…

Where to go in 2019: My feasible dream list

Where to go in 2019: My feasible dream list

Halfway into 2018, I contemplated on travel plans for the year. And I wouldn’t be me if I had not thought for some time about where to go in 2019! This year I am a bit earlier, almost on time, but surprise, surprise, I haven’t booked…

I control my panel: Lessons Learned in Blogging 2018

I control my panel: Lessons Learned in Blogging 2018

A blog of mine of some sort has been bumbling around WordPress since 2014, but it took reading inspiring blogs and a short period of illness to start again. It was pretty clear from the beginning that I’d write about travelling, and perhaps some other…

This was 2018 (in travel)

This was 2018 (in travel)

Just over a year ago, I started feeding this blog with a little more than a post every other month or so. Would it be possible in 2018 to travel and produce anything vaguely interesting with full-time job, freelancing and some research on top? Here…

Arriving in Berlin by Air: An Easy Berlin Airport Guide

Arriving in Berlin by Air: An Easy Berlin Airport Guide

Berlin is currently the third most popular European city trip, after London and Paris. But its airports are still firmly stuck in the 1980’s. Sure, there is a what was a state-of-the-art airport in 2010 waiting to be put into service, but until then (2020?…

Only mad dogs do Florence in July?

Only mad dogs do Florence in July?

Ooooh yes, dear friends, me, who’ll waffle on endlessly about preferring independent travel without crowds, is going to Florence for a weekend in July. It sounds a bit bonkers, since I always try to take my holidays outside main season and school holidays. But then a…

New Year, New Travel – what will 2018 have in store?

New Year, New Travel – what will 2018 have in store?

Yeah yeah, typical, writing this thing about travel plans when half the year is almost over. And I have no excuse. Does this happen to you, when your plans, great and totally practicable in January, become a bit woozy in February, then change again later,…

Our Jet Set Kitty: An International Pet Adoption

Our Jet Set Kitty: An International Pet Adoption

Since May 2017, we have a Siamese-mix cat whom we adopted from Spain. Here’s our personal story of our pet adoption/ Why adopt? And why adopt from abroad? Our planet has no shortage of cats.  Due to the lax neutering attitude of many people, cats…