A tale of two cities: Bilbao and San Sebastián (Donostia)

The third stage of our trip (see stage one and two here) was to visit San Sebastian and Bilbao to top up the wine levels and indulge in some artistic culture. The two cities provide real contrast to one another with Bilbao certainly having a more industrial feel compared to San Sebastian’s Victorian seaside glamour….

Oxford: a photo tour and top tips

When offered the chance to attend a conference in Oxford with accommodation in a real oxford college and an ‘experience dinner’ in the Harry Potter-esque Great Hall of Keble College I was not about to turn the offer down. If you ever find yourself visiting Oxford outside of term time then I would really recommend…

Forts, Castles and Conquests in Snowdonia

Sometimes I am wrong; that’s right you heard it here first. Such is my obsession with mountains that I am sometimes blinkered to what is around them; I can’t understand why people would chose to visit a tourist attraction rather than climb a mountain. However, I was wrong to be so blinkered. This weekend just…

Pie in the Skye

I’m always musing on alternative careers/business adventures and I’m sure that the above would be a winner. I love pies and having recently visited I can confidently say I love Skye too. Therefore a business making and selling pies filled with Skye based produce would surely contribute greatly to society and potentially soften the edges…

A Scandinavian year: Copenhagen 

Living in New Zealand taught me lots of things but one of the biggest was to appreciate the travel opportunities we have on our European doorstep. Since being back in the UK I’ve been better but it was a chance meeting with some Norweigans in India (clearly not quite on board with my own advice…