The European café culture in strong in Krakow and I have to say, they have done them well! I personally love a café; coffee in the morning is essential to life and bonus points if I can switch to wine in the afternoon. They are great for catching up with friends, a change of scenery when you need to get some work done and perfect to indulge in one of my favourite pastimes, people watching.
Kraków added an extra bonus onto many of their cafés though, with something fairly stunning to look at! I spent lot of time in cafés during my trip to Kraków and ended up not being able to walk more than about 50 yards without convincing myself I needed a coffee break (no surprise I didn’t sleep so well on this trip). Most of the the time I was drawn in by something a bit more unusual like quirky décor or my absolute weakness, a knockout view.
If you’re planning a trip there anytime soon, here is my roundup of the best cafés in Kraków and if you find any others that should make the list, let me know so I can visit next time I’m there! View Post
Kraków is an amazing city in so many ways; for starters, the architecture, a blend of Gothic and Renaissance is truly stunning. Walking through the city is a complete delight via the old cobbled streets and the beautiful Planty Park that encircles the Old Town. I really enjoyed my time there and I think a 4 day itinerary for Kraków is the perfect length to ensure you get a good feel of the city, but do not run around like a headless chicken and end up more exhausted on your flight home than when you arrived.
For this reason, this itinerary is what I would regard a healthy mix of culture, but still taking some time to relax and enjoy some of Kraków’s superb places to eat and drink. View Post
I grew up spending a good chunk of my summer holidays at my aunt and uncle’s house in suburban Long Island. On the days we spent at the house, my cousins and I spent all day playing in the pool before we all had dinner together out on the deck. We grew up and swapped playing in the pool for drinking wine by it and chatting long into the evenings out on that deck, just enjoying each other’s company. A few years ago, they got a beach house out east and we added beach walks and beautiful views to our evenings, which made the experience even better. These are some of my favourite memories and I still look forward to making this trip every year to see my family. View Post
I have had an unconventional year in terms of travel; my holiday schedule usually runs like clockwork but somehow it’s September and I haven’t left the country (not including a few very much work trips). Bloody typical for when I decide to start a travel blog!
My wedding last October has something to do with it; we had the most amazing honeymoon in Oman afterwards. I got home to the hell hole of retail logistics in the run up to Christmas with not enough room to think and before I knew it we were in January! Now we usually go on a hot and exotic 2 week long haul trip at the beginning of January to give me time to decompress after a busy couple of months. We are also pretty sick of the cold by then and a little break from it half way through the winter makes it all the more bearable. View Post
The drive from Leicester to Burgh Island in Devon was epically long and not at all fuel efficient; with an outside temperature above 30°C, the air conditioning was working hard. I spent the entire 5 hours in the back seat working on my laptop, so thankfully missed getting frustrated at the ridiculous amount of traffic winding its way south on the M5. I didn’t actually look up until Danny told me to call the hotel and request they dispatch our collection vehicle, we needed a special form of transportation for the final mile!
The view out the front windscreen looked like a postcard from the Mediterranean, all I could see were white sand beaches and azure blue seas. A sign assures me we are close to Burgh Island and definitely in Devon, but I can’t say I have ever been to a British beach in this kind of weather. We park and a wall of heat hits me as soon as we get out the car, who says the UK weather is rubbish?! View Post