Picking My Castle – Sintra

I had seen Sintra on Instagram.  I had seen Pena Palace more specifically and I had my sights set on going to this colourful castle set high above the trees.  What I never knew is that yes, while Pena Palace is a sight to see, the rest of Sintra is equally entrancing, equally beautiful. Serra…

A grandfather’s Port

One of my most memorable encounters on our trip through Porto, was a truly beautiful one with Hugo, our tour guide’s grandparents, Ana and Manuel. I am going to back up a little to give some details. Jamie, my younger sister, had spent all night the night before stressing about finding the perfect and most…

The beginners guide to Portugal by Van

Waking up like this has been a dream for me for a while.  Parking a van in a hard to reach place, opening up the doors and having your morning coffee in a new spot every day.  It became something I had to do. And so, I write this article to assist you, if you,…

Lisbon: My guide to my favourite food, wine & activities

  Every time I travel to a place I get lots of requests for a guide to that city/place and so I have decided that I will try my best to create a sort of travellers tip article with a “tash style”. So, just so you know, when I travel, I do very little research…

Lisbon! The Luxurious Beginning

Day 1 of my holiday and I already feel like a brand new woman.  I arrived at my hotel in the evening yesterday, with a long day of travel behind me.  A couple of months earlier, I had decided to spoil myself to a luxury hotel; coerced by the delicious looking breakfast, the extra large…

A Florentine Love Affair

I’m absolutely besotted with Florence.  It’s a little crazy actually. I was there in January and then, actually went there twice this month.  I just find its streets, it restaurants, its views, its people, the light, the colour, the buildings….tantalising, enthralling, breathtaking. Having my heart set on getting back there, when my mum and I…

Whimsical Deia

I have been lucky enough to have spent six months in Palma.  We have been in shipyard mode, which means we have an unusual routine, for yachties, Mon-Fri, 9-5, with weekends off.  Normal for the average human, not so normal for us.  And so, my adventurous side has been tantalized in every way, taking hikes…

Fifty shades of B L U E

Travel tip #1: Go to Sardinia Travel tip #2: Head straight to Cala Gonone Travel Tip#3: Hire a Motorboat It’s so easy, it cost us 70 euro for the ENTIRE day, we could drive it ourselves and they threw in a free cooler box.  Legend. The company we went through was called Skipper, and they…

Camping on the coast- Cala Gonone

Oh man was I need of a weekend away from the boat.  I can’t say it was anyone else’s fault but my own, but I was just feeling ratty, tired and annoyed.  Boat life, sometimes it is the best thing ever, but some times it can feel incredibly claustrophobic and then throw in a little…