Keukenhof 2022: essential information for your day out
European Short Breaks | The Netherlands

Keukenhof 2022: essential information for your day out

You know it’s spring when flower buds start to appear, stems start peeping out from their winter beds and colourful petals are blooming here, there and everywhere.   And there’s no better place to realise that spring has arrived than a visit to Keukenhof 2022 in the Netherlands.  Read on for essential information on visiting Keukenhof 2022. This post…

Things to do in Zurich in winter: the ultimate guide
European Short Breaks | Switzerland

Things to do in Zurich in winter: the ultimate guide

By Emma Marshall As the largest city in Switzerland, Zurich offers visitors a generous sprinkling of attractions: a chocolate box old town to wander around, a crystal-clear river that runs through the historic centre and a glacial lake surrounded by mountain peaks.  But if you’re thinking it’s mainly a summer destination, then you will be…

Inspirational ideas for short breaks: 6 places to go in Europe in autumn 2021
European Short Breaks

Inspirational ideas for short breaks: 6 places to go in Europe in autumn 2021

By Emma Marshall Times are tough at the moment.  We all need to stay safe and well and this means remaining at home. But if you’re like me and love travelling and seeing new places, this doesn’t mean you have to stop dreaming.  And it doesn’t mean you have to stop planning where you might go when…

Brunch in Zurich: visiting the world’s oldest vegetarian restaurant
European Short Breaks | Switzerland

Brunch in Zurich: visiting the world’s oldest vegetarian restaurant

By Emma Marshall When a friend suggested meeting for brunch in Haus Hiltl, the world’s oldest vegetarian restaurant in Zurich, I thought I would be eating in a small cosy room with plates full of hearty traditional Swiss Alpine fare.  Food such as fondue, raclette and potato rosti (all of which I love).  I was, after…

Keukenhof 2021: essential information for your day out
European Short Breaks | The Netherlands

Keukenhof 2021: essential information for your day out

By Emma Marshall This post may contain affiliate links You know it’s spring when flower buds start to appear, stems start peeping out from their winter beds and colourful petals are blooming here, there and everywhere.  And there’s no better place to realise that spring has arrived than a visit to Keukenhof 2021 in the Netherlands. …

Short breaks to Italy: a weekend in Verona
European Short Breaks | Italy

Short breaks to Italy: a weekend in Verona

By Emma Marshall This post contains affiliate links The Oxford Dictionary defines “enchanting” as “delightfully charming or attractive”.  Well, Verona is all of these. It’s a small, pretty, medieval city, with cobbled streets that lead you to its handful of must-see attractions. And it’s hard not to come away from a weekend in Verona without finding something…

2 days in Hannover: 5 reasons not to overlook it for a short German break
European Short Breaks | Germany

2 days in Hannover: 5 reasons not to overlook it for a short German break

By Emma Marshall This post contains affiliate links Judging by some of the reactions I have had to my recent 2 days in Hannover, it’s not top of people’s list for a short break in Germany.  And it’s true that it’s probably pipped by the likes of Berlin, Munich, Hamburg and Cologne.  But this doesn’t mean…

Vaduz, Liechtenstein: things to do in an afternoon in one of Europe’s smallest capitals
European Short Breaks | Liechtenstein

Vaduz, Liechtenstein: things to do in an afternoon in one of Europe’s smallest capitals

By Emma Marshall “Blink and you could miss it” was my partner’s observation of Vaduz, Liechtenstein, after we’d spent an afternoon there.  In some respects, this is true – as capital cities go, it really is diminutive, with a population of less than 5,000 people. But this doesn’t mean that you should overlook it as…

The Menton Lemon Festival: a great south of France short break
European Short Breaks | France

The Menton Lemon Festival: a great south of France short break

By Emma Marshall I was lucky enough to experience the 2018 Menton Lemon Festival – the “Fete du Citron”.  This was something I had wanted to do after visting the town the previous year.   I did, however, wonder if it was worth travelling back for the Menton Lemon Festival. Would it be worth the effort? Would the early Spring…

The Bernina Express: riding on top of the world through Switzerland’s spectacular mountains
European Short Breaks | Switzerland

The Bernina Express: riding on top of the world through Switzerland’s spectacular mountains

By Emma Marshall If you love trains, mountains, or both, then this is the ideal trip for you.  The Bernina Express, a 122 km train journey through some of Switzerland’s most breath-taking and picturesque scenery, is an unforgettable experience and a great way to savour the diverse Swiss landscape on a short trip away. We…

The Sanguinaires Archipelago: A Corsican treasure
European Short Breaks | France

The Sanguinaires Archipelago: A Corsican treasure

By Emma Marshall This post contains affiliate links Corsica is famed for its outstanding scenery.  Towering, rugged mountains, emerald green forests which sweep across the island, wide stretches of golden sand beaches, and imposing fortresses that overlook its charming towns and cities. However, two-thirds of this French island is mountainous and a fifth is forested….

Bucharest Attractions: An eye-opening visit to the People’s Palace
European Short Breaks | Romania

Bucharest Attractions: An eye-opening visit to the People’s Palace

By Emma Marshall Contents1 Bucharest Attractions: The People’s Palace2 Current contrasts3 Bucharest attractions: how to visit the People’s Palace4 Pin it! Bucharest Attractions: The People’s Palace When considering which Bucharest attractions to write about, it might seem obvious to focus on Romania’s Palace of the Parliament, otherwise known as the People’s Palace. But after a…