Flights to Iceland – How to Get Great Prices

Flights to Iceland Eyjafjallajökull

Thanks to it’s wonderful scenery, Iceland is now firmly on many people’s holiday bucket list.  Before you can turn your Icelandic dream into a reality, you first have to figure out how to get the best deal on your flights to Iceland.  There’s a huge range of possibilities, so choosing the best one for your needs and importantly, your budget can be a total nightmare.  Thankfully, I’m here to help you understand the main airline choices for your flights to Iceland.  Whether you are coming from the US, Europe or…

The Beaches and Beauty of the Isle of Harris

Harris Beach

Nothing Prepares You for the Beauty of the Outer Hebrides When I show people my pictures of the beaches on the Isle of Harris they often think they are of the Maldives or the Caribbean.  You can try to describe the beauty of these stunning islands.  You can try and persuade people how amazing they are with just a few photographs.  I even took some video to show my friends what an amazing unspoilt Scottish island the Isle of Harris really is.  In reality, there’s no substitute for visiting in…

Harris Art Trail

Harris Art Inspiration

The Isle of Harris is famous for it’s wonderful beaches with golden sands and, if you are lucky, not another person to be seen.  Add to that the rugged hills and beauty of the machair, the island is truly one of the most inspirational places on earth.  Such beauty serves to inspire the creative juices of locals and visitors alike.  This means that the Harris Arts and Crafts scene is another great reason to visit the island.  Join me on the Harris Art Trail that will take you across the…

Ferry To The Outer Hebrides – Direct or Hopscotch?

The Calmac Ferry Hebrides (Credit: Mark Nicolson)

Finding Your Way to the Isles of Harris and Lewis by Sea When it comes to the Scottish Islands, there’s nowhere quite like the stunning Isle of Harris. The adjoining Isle of Lewis is equally as beautiful. Both are located in the far north west of Scotland in the Outer Hebrides, across the water beyond the Isle of Skye. Their beaches look more like the Caribbean than Scotland. The experience of walking alone on miles of golden sand is something almost impossible to experience anywhere else in the world. All…

Flights to Stornoway, Barra and Benbecula

Fly to Barra Beach

Flights to Stornoway, Benbecula and Barra The Outer Hebrides are a group of beautiful islands that are located in the North West of Scotland.  The islands have beaches that are as good as the Carribean, yes really!  If you don’t believe me, check out most post on the fabulous Isle of Harris.  As well as the golden beaches, you can expect truly breathtaking scenary and a tranquility that is hard to beat. Many people take the Ferry to the Outer Hebrides but if you are coming from outside Europe or…

Cologne Christmas Markets – The Best Insiders Guide

me-with-feuerzangen

The Cologne Christmas Markets are some of the most famous in Europe.  People travel from all over the world to come and soak up the magic of Christmas  in this lovely German city.  I’m lucky to call Cologne home and believe me it really is a magical place at this time of year!  There’s nothing better to get you in the mood for Christmas than a drinking a warm Gluhwein while taking in the atmosphere of Germany’s Magical Christmas Markets. It’s nearly 6 years since our family moved to here…

Medieval Bad Munstereifel – A Great Cafe in a Rejuvenated Town

Bad Munstereifel View

All over Europe and beyond, the social fabric of our towns and cities have been challenged by the death of traditional High Street.  In the early 2000s the wonderful medieval town of Bad Munstereifel was faced with exactly this problem on a cataclysmic scale.  Located around 60 km south of Cologne in central Germany, despite it’s medieval beauty, the summer tourist trade was not enough to support the many local businesses.  Like many other places, the local government and community of Bad Munstereifel had to come up some innovative solutions.…

The Ahr Valley – Wine Heaven and Lovely Cake

Ahr Valley Wine

My favourite Mother-in-law came to stay with us in Cologne and we were looking for an interesting day trip to take her on.  When we get the chance, we love to head South East from Cologne and visit the Ahr Valley and the picturesque Eifel National Park.  These lovely picturesque parts of Germany are only 70 km from Cologne and are perfect for day trips if you are in the area.  Both places are renowned for their fabulous scenery as well as pretty towns and villages.  It also gave us…

Preparing for Edinburgh Christmas Market and New Years Eve

Edinburgh's Famous Castle

After spending most of our lives watching the Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations on the TV we finally decided to ditch the traditional evening with Jackie Bird (it’s a Scottish thing) and actually join in ourselves.  My brother-in-law was having his 50th birthday so it seemed like the perfect excuse to just go for it.  Although we live in Germany, my wife is from Glasgow and her family still live there so the logistics of getting to Scotland pretty much took care of themselves.  However, planning to attend the various parts of…

Riding Half Naked in the Rotterdam Hot Tub Boat

Rotterdam Canals

Rotterdam – Like Amsterdam but Cooler When most people think of visiting the Netherlands, the first place on the list is normally Amsterdam.  With visions of canals, “coffee” shops and other exciting possibilities, tourists flock to the country’s biggest city.  After a recent trip to Rotterdam I realised that there’s something really cool about the country’s second city that many tourists are missing out on.  So while the hoards are fighting their way along the canals of Amsterdam, do the smart thing and visit Rotterdam instead.  The architecture is amazing…