Our last evening on our trip to the Dordogne Valley in France was spent in a beautiful chateau with its adjoining vineyard – Chateau de Panisseau. We’d arrived shortly after leaving the charming village of Issigeac and wasted no time in checking out the new digs. This place is sheer French perfection – right down … Continue Reading

The next morning, I decided it probably made sense to get up a bit earlier, especially seeing as we would have to leave by mid-afternoon to catch our flight back to London and I wanted to cram in as much as possible into the morning. It was the last day of our trip to Hamburg exploring the Christmas … Continue Reading

It took me a while to get used to the name Rathaus. See, Rathaus are German city halls (effectively ‘home’ to the Government) yet in plain English, it always sounds like Rat House to me so I can help but imagine a mini house for rats and mice (rats and mice belong together as far … Continue Reading

Arriving into Hamburg was certainly something of a surprise to the system. For starters, we arrived on a beautiful yet freezing cold day (after spending almost a month in over 30C temperatures in the Maldives and Sri Lanka), then there was how beautiful and ‘shiny’ the city looked, all prepped up for Christmas… … and … Continue Reading

After seeing wild elephants in Udawalawe, we spent the remainder of the evening, relaxing poolside, glasses of bubbly at-the-ready… The next morning we set about exploring a place I’d never heard of before visiting – Beruwala. Beruwala is also a seaside town and after wandering around the town, we ended up in at the Kande … Continue Reading

After our brilliant night, we got up bright and early to set off on a long drive to Udawalawe National Park where the plan was to safari in the morning and lunch in the afternoon! (I kinda think the folk at Thomson knew of my predilection for safaris before we arrived… 😉 ) Thankfully free … Continue Reading

One of the most iconic images I’ve seen of Sri Lanka, long before we visited even the first time was of the stilt fishermen on the coastline of Galle and, understandably so, this is something I’d wanted to see for quite some time! But more on that later… first off – lunch! Lunch was at … Continue Reading

After our much needed lazy and relaxed first day in Sri Lanka, Thomson arranged something very special for us the very next morning – a boat ride through Madu Ganga river! This was in-part ‘special’ because this is something I’d wanted to do after we left Sri Lanka last time, actually get to experience more … Continue Reading

Our return to Sri Lanka was something of a last-minute plan. As you might remember, we’d been to Sri Lanka earlier in the year and although our itinerary back them was quite full and we managed to pack in quite a lot for one week, there was still so much of Sri Lanka that I’d … Continue Reading