Category: Europe

Naples City Guide – the craziest place in Italy?

Italy

Naples City Guide – the craziest place in Italy?

I’ll be honest. Naples was never on my list of places to visit, particularly in Italy. I haven’t seen Milan OR Venice yet, and I’m also super keen to visit Bologna and Perugia. But, I found myself planning the last stop of our Italian road trip to be Naples.

You see, I really really really wanted to visit Pompeii and Naples seemed like a sensible place to base ourselves in for this endeavour (you can also base yourself in Sorrento, but due to the time of year we wanted to stick firmly to city options). But was I just writing off Naples as nothing more than a stop gap? Turns out, I totally was.

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Rome City Guide – exploring and understanding an ancient city

Italy

Rome City Guide – exploring and understanding an ancient city

Rome has been on my wish list for a while – and why wouldn’t it be? Some of the most iconic buildings and monuments in Europe, let alone just Italy, a history that’s only befitting of the World’s third oldest city and all the freaking gelato. It would have been so easy for me to plan a weekend away to Rome, but Italy as a whole eluded me until my trip to Florence in 2016 and so its the case that I got to 34 without ever seeing the Coliseum, or The Vatican with my own eyes.

But once I’d spent even only a day in Florence I was determined to see more of Italy, and watching Rome through the eyes of Dan Brown films just wouldn’t cut it anymore. When planning our Italian road trip, Rome was the first destination we decided upon, and it was also the place we stayed in longest.

Question is, would it live up to the hype, or would Rome with all its architecture and history and crazy feel like one big tourist trap?

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Pisa in One Day – a speedy Tuscan mini break

Italy

Pisa in One Day – a speedy Tuscan mini break

When planning our Italian adventure, Pisa didn’t even feature on the destination list. We had decided that we quite liked dual city holidays after last years successful trip to Krakow and Prague, and so were pretty set on Rome and Naples with a train ride in between.

But Pisa has had me fascinated from a young age, and I’d already missed an opportunity to hop across there when visiting Florence. It definitely wasn’t wasn’t a city we’d go to on a single trip, but I put it to the back of my mind as we had our itinerary planned out.

Until we didn’t! I realised, just before booking our flights to Rome that I would be flying on my Birthday, and as someone who is more than a little averse to flying, that made me rethink. Before you know it, I was planning to wake up in Pisa on my 34th Birthday and our one day adventure was on the cards.

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The ultimate micro-brewery tour of Prague

Czech Republic

The ultimate micro-brewery tour of Prague

Beer is big business in Prague. Of course if you knew about its stag party reputation you’d know this already, and if you just thought Prague was a romantic capital city with a very famous bridge it might surprise you. However, although beer (and specifically Urquell, Prague’s cheap as chips pilsner) is big business, lurking underneath that is a pretty awesome craft beer and micro-brewery culture waiting to be explored.

We set about visiting three of the finest on a brewery tour of Prague organised by with Discover Prague and learnt a huge amount about the micro-brewery scene with our Brew Master Gary. We drank a lot too, but it was all in the name of fact finding, right?

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Krakow City Guide – a truly mythical destination

Poland

Krakow City Guide – a truly mythical destination

Krakow was another of my 2016 adventures, and it was an unexpected gem of a destination and definitely high up of my list of places to travel to again. I was recommended by a friend to visit, and it was so budget friendly that I combined it with my trip to Prague, via a bumpy sleeper train.

If you are looking for an extremely friendly city to visit, that has both good food and vodka, and so much interesting culture and history to explore, Krakow is your destination. As with many Eastern European cities, there is a lot of WWII historical places to see, a thriving Jewish community and the most beautiful architecture and buildings you’ll ever experience.

What are we waiting for?! Let’s jump straight in.

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