The following morning, I’d never been more grateful to have the heated seat the lady at Avis gave use with our 4×4! The temperatures had plummeted overnight and, hopping back into the car, I can’t tell you how nice it was to not be sitting in freezing leather seats as we made our way up towards … Continue Reading

Neuschwanstein castle is arguably the most famous and definitely one of the most impressive of all the castles in Germany and our trip to Bavaria just wouldn’t be complete without visiting. The first thing I wanted to do when we arrived there was find the best view point to take it all in but here’s … Continue Reading

Back when we were students in St Andrews, there were plans to knock down the building at the waterfront in Dundee and replace them with a V&A Dundee. I don’t pay much attention to things like this but Lloyd does and as soon as we decided to head up to Scotland, this was one place … Continue Reading

Once upon a time, we used to live in Scotland (back when we were students up in St Andrews and after that working in Edinburgh) and one thing I really wished we’d done more of back then was to explore more of Scotland. It’s funny but even living in Edinburgh (which is one of the … Continue Reading

On our final day in the South of France, we made our way over from Millau to Rodez, stopping off only briefly to check out the action of the Tour de France going through Millau. Our first stop in Millau was the Soulages museum, home to many great pieces of work by renowned artist Pierre … Continue Reading

This is going to be a pretty brief post, in large part because you can’t really take photos inside so there’s not much I can show you from Linderhof Palace. What I will say though is that it is absolutely worth a visit as this is the one palace that King Ludwig II got to … Continue Reading

This day in Bavaria was all about nature and although we’d started off the trip looking to see amazing palaces and castles (of which there are some pretty spectacular hidden gems here), taking a moment to appreciate Germany’s stunning countryside was just such an amazing way to spend a day! After leaving Walchensee, we headed … Continue Reading

After a brilliant day exploring the beauty that is Montpellier, we decided to head out of the city to go explore other parts of France’s beautiful Occitanie region. About an hour from Montpellier is the town of Millau, home to the tallest bridge in the world – amongst many other things of course! There’s a … Continue Reading

Well fed and martini’ed after lunch, we decided to head off to explore even more of Montpellier – starting with some gems hidden in plain sight. The first of said gems was a 13th-century Mikvé. To be totally honest, I had no idea what a Mikvé was before visiting Montpellier (it was only thanks to … Continue Reading

On of the reasons why Bavaria in Germany is so special is without a doubt it’s natural beauty! And I’m not talking about the kind of beauty that’s subjective (or to put it nicely “in the eye of the beholder…”😉😁), the beauty here is by all accounts absolutely breathtaking. On our way to our next … Continue Reading

The South of France is home to some of the most beautiful towns, village and cities in all of France and so my excitement was probably pretty understandable when we headed over to Montpellier for a weekend in France’s Occitanie region. We arrived pretty late at night and so we didn’t do much in the … Continue Reading

Leaving Burghausen Castle, we headed straight for Gstadt am Chiemsee and I’d be lying if I said my thoughts the entire drive weren’t completely centered around food. We arrived at our hotel in Gstadt am Chiemsee – Hotel ChiemseePanorama; just past lunch-time and wasted no time whatsoever in checking in and hopping on a boat … Continue Reading

After leaving the absolutely beautiful Schleissheim Palace (and having dinner, of course), we made our way over to Klostergasthof Raitenhaslach – the oldest Cistercian monastery in Upper Bavaria but not ‘to visit’ per se – this is where we would be spending the night in Bavaria. (*You’ll find that in Germany and Austria – old … Continue Reading

After a couple of nights in Maui, we decided to hop over to the Big Island of Hawai’i (which is confusingly also called the island of Hawai’i 😄). We’d decided in advance of actually arriving to do this and so we had our tickets booked weeks in advance (probably best to do it this way … Continue Reading