Europe

Temps de Flors; The Girona Flower Festival

This year was the 60th anniversary of the Temps de Flors - the Girona Flower Festival. Arriving early in the morning there was little evidence of any sort of a festival as I made my way towards the historic city centre from the bus station. Passing a large building I...

Pla de l’Estany, Catalunya

History and archaeology in the lakeside town of Banyoles If the first day of our Live the History tour in Pla de L’Estany was all about the lake at Banyoles and food and wine, our second day was jam packed full of history. Our first stop was at the cave complex of...

A pairing dinner and a Michelin star restaurant

An engineer turned artist; an artist turned chef  We were driven to an industrial park on the outskirts of Banyoles for dinner.  The itinerary told us that we would be attending a ‘pairing dinner’ with the strambotic painter Quim Hereu. In the golden evening sun we...

Exploring the Priorat region of Catalunya

Exploring and wine tasting in the Priorat region of Catalunya The Priorat wine region lies south west of Barcelona in Catalunya. The slate soil which is here among the folds of mountains is one of the things which gives this wine its special qualities. Click here to...

An introduction to the region of Pla de l’Estany

A small corner of Catalunya with a wealth of things to see and to do Following the TBEX travel bloggers' conference, I was thrilled to join a press trip with three other bloggers and Vikki our excellent organiser and host. Several detailed articles are in the pipeline...

My first time at TBEX; the conference for travel bloggers

  As a first timer at TBEX I really had no idea what to expect.  I had been wandering solo around South America for a year but I was more nervous about meeting nearly 400 travel bloggers than catching my night bus to a remote Amazon town and swimming in a lake with...

Bristol: in photos

I recently visited Bristol for a day. A friend who lived there gave me a whistle stop tour of a part of the city. Whilst I have been to Bristol before, there was so much more than I remembered and so much more that I didn't see and that I couldn't cover in a day. Take...

TBEX and Barcelona walking tours

Leading up to the TBEX conference, Context Travel, the city of Barcelona and the seaside resort of Lloret de Mar. After Poland I unexpectedly found myself back in the UK; but maybe it was fate because I learnt that TBEX, a major travel bloggers' conference was...

The Costa Brava and TBEX

Where am I off to next? TBEX is the world's largest gathering of travel bloggers, writers and new media content creators who will be meeting in Spain this week, and I am VERY excited to be a part of it. The TBEX conference itself takes place in Lloret de Mar over two...

Vilnius; the capital city of Lithuania

I left Riga on my own, taking the four hour bus ride across the border and into Lithuania.  I arrived at the bus station and after tramping around for half an hour I finally found my hostel.  I was hot, bothered and thirsty but with every step I was thanking my lucky...

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