Hotel Review: Hotel Gjirokastra, Gjirokastër: Beautifully Traditional

Hotel Review: Hotel Gjirokastra, Gjirokastër: Beautifully Traditional

For a first-time trip to Albania, we wanted to stay somewhere… safe? No no no, forget your prejudices against Albania. I had my work cut out to convince my more cautious travelling partner to travel to Albania by ourselves. He may have almost turned around […]

A London day trip by low-cost airline: Crazy, stupid, or great?

A London day trip by low-cost airline: Crazy, stupid, or great?

You can say what you like about low-cost airlines, but their crazy pricing structure lets you fly around Europe for next to nothing. Does that mean you have to do it? Certainly not. I fly on a low-cost airline regularly. Is a full-service airline is […]

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 […]

Hiking to Gergeti Trinity Church for the Unfit

Hiking to Gergeti Trinity Church for the Unfit

No trip to Georgia would be complete without seeing the Caucasus Mountain Range. The easiest mountain trip is three hours up the Georgian Military Road which runs from Tbilisi to Stepantsminda. We had two weeks for Armenia and Georgia, were travelling independently, and had wine tasting, […]

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 […]

The Magic of Lauscha Glass

The Magic of Lauscha Glass

Give me Glass, Give me Glitter, Give me an Eastern German Bauble ! Do you like festive decorations? For us Europeans, Christmas probably marks the peak of  decorating and beautifying our homes. Germany is home to some very beautiful decorations, especially christmas tree baubles: you […]

Local Yokel on a Day Trip: A Countryside German Christmas Market

Local Yokel on a Day Trip: A Countryside German Christmas Market

Good Evening! The Second Sunday of Advent has been upon us, and it’s not christmassling here in the normally infectiously festive House of Golightly. Will a German Christmas Market create instant seasonal cheer? All we have in terms of Christmas decoration are some rather dim […]

German Gifts that live forever – my Short Sustainable Gift Guide

German Gifts that live forever – my Short Sustainable Gift Guide

As much as I love to bring gifts while travelling,  there are some thing that I have loved for years that are so quintessentially German, that I want to share them here with you. Bring on some Classic German gifts! I followed the example of […]

The Easy Route into Albania

The Easy Route into Albania

This autumn, we fancied a bit of sun, good food and culture for little money. Would we find it in Greece again? Looking at the cheapest available flights for the last week of November, we found flights to Corfu, Venice and Bari for around 100EURO. […]

A Day Trip to Tzfat

A Day Trip to Tzfat

Tzfat, a small town in the hills above the Sea of Galilee, is mostly known to be a centre of Kabbalah. Not so much the Western esoteric type practiced by well-known celebrities, but more Jewish mysticism that emerged from the 15th Century onwards in Ottoman […]

Riding the Chisinau to Odessa Train

Riding the Chisinau to Odessa Train

After producing a lengthy account on the vintage train journey that is the Bucharest-Chisinau sleeper train, this one on the train to Odessa will be much shorter. Trainspotters: there is not a lot to see here! But wait until you get to Odessa! The geeky […]

The Chisinau to Bucharest Prietina Express: A classic railway journey

The Chisinau to Bucharest Prietina Express: A classic railway journey

Classic Railway journeys are usually associated with breathtaking scenery, steam engines, white table clothes and uniformed stewards. When you ride the Prietina Express, you find nothing like this, yes it is a classic –  you get to a vintage Soviet train, and sleep in compartments […]

Music, Wine and Beton Brut – at least three reasons to visit Moldova

Music, Wine and Beton Brut – at least three reasons to visit Moldova

“I am only here because Moldova is my last country in Europe to visit” my new acquaintance whispered to at the Ballet in Chisinau just before curtains went up. “Really?” I wondered, as the opening rhythms of ‘Spartacus’ thundered from the orchestra pit. “Should  Moldova […]

Hotel Review: Hotel Albert 1er, Toulouse: simply perfect

Hotel Review: Hotel Albert 1er, Toulouse: simply perfect

I don’t know much of France, but I’ve visited enough cities to say that Toulouse must be one of the great underrated cities of France. It has a pretty centre, beautiful architecture, nice restaurants, classy shopping – who would not want to go there? It […]