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A couple of times a year, I like to have a weekend away with an old friend, to combine two of my favourite activities: long overdue (and usually wine-fuelled) catch-ups, and exploring new places. My schoolfriend Katie and I have been...

I admit, I was a bit nervous about visiting Latvia in freezing February, almost exclusively for sartorial reasons. Would my much-loved bobble hat be warm enough? Would my toes drop off if I didn't wear 8 pairs of socks under my...

I have to admit that I knew very little about Latvia before booking flights there a couple of months ago. I'd been on the hunt for a destination for a February mini-break (cleverly combining S's Christmas present with our anniversary celebrations - smart,...

About 4 nanoseconds after sitting down at my desk after the Christmas break, I was already daydreaming about how to get away again (isn’t being an adult fun?). One evening a few days later, as I was trying to distract myself...

The structure of my trips to my mum's house in Gloucestershire, England, is always pretty much the same. My mum, grandma, and brother fill me in on the latest gossip about the neighbours, most of whom I've still never actually met....

The Italian Riviera. It sounds glamorous, doesn't it? And it can be, I guess. But it's a place I've stayed far away from since moving to Italy. Liguria and I have a bit of a complicated relationship, you see. As well...

This summer, apart from a toccata e fuga weekend in Germany for my friend's wedding, I was stuck in Italy. For the first time in years, I didn't really know what to do with myself. By the time I’d started thinking...

While tourists flock to enjoy the sandy beaches of Puglia, to photograph the adorable towns in the Cinque Terre or on the Amalfi Coast, to walk around historical cities like Florence and Bologna or the European capital of shopping, Milan,...

So, I have a bit of a thing for underrated cities. Turin is certainly one - it's gorgeous, fun, easy to live in, with great people, great food, great everything, but most tourists give it a miss, instead preferring to just...

I've wanted to visit Amsterdam for absolutely ages. Whenever I'd talked to friends about going away for a weekend, I'd always suggested it, but unfortunately for me, everyone always told me they'd already been and promptly suggested going somewhere else. After...