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A little bit of Andalucian heaven: Vejer and Conil

October 23, 2014


After a whirlwind 36 hours in Seville we were looking for something a little more relaxed…. Fortunately for us a friend offered his place in Vejer de la Frontera – a perfect Andalucian whitewashed village on top of a hill near the coast, a short drive from Cadiz and with views to Morocco from the roof […]

A feast of senses in Sevilla

October 23, 2014


Just back from a whirlwind tour of Seville and am still on a high so want to share what I found so utterly brilliant. We were in Seville for 36 hours so I’m going to take you through it New York Times style…Arrive late on Friday night, check into the Hotel Hospes del Rey and go for Tapas […]

Barcelona: the city that has it all

June 18, 2014


Oh where to start with Barcelona. Small windy pedestrian streets, beautiful plazas, hills, museums, food (of the food) and a beach. The city has it all. I was there recently for a conference and got a sneak peak at a few amazing places…. My first night I was taken to a fabulous little place called Canete where the […]

Basque Summer Holiday: San Sebastian

August 27, 2012


The Lonely Planet starts with some cheesy line about how no one goes to San Sebastian without falling in love. God they were right. And it’s cheap to boot (around half Paris prices). I was on a bit of an epic Basque adventure with two girlfriends. It’s the longest holiday I’ve taken in a long […]

Llivia (shh don’t tell anyone)

February 18, 2011


Thanks to a friend who kindly lent me his family apartment in this Spanish enclave just inside the French border of the Pyrenees. It’s a wonderful place – perfect for those who like hiking or skiing, and for those who like eating after strenuous this activity there are some wonderful restaurants. There are numerous ski […]

Casa Marcelo, Santiago de Compostela

October 28, 2010


This is one of those rare restaurants that deserves a whole post to itself. My Spanish food guru told me three times that if i come to Galicia, I must not miss Casa Marcelo, so my expectations were high when I walked through the door. And I was not disaapointed. Casa Marcelo is small and […]

In Situ: my new favourite restaurant in Madrid

October 24, 2010


In Situ was recommended by a friend a while ago and when I looked it up online, only to find rave reviews I thought I’d test it out (it’s a hard life, I know). It didn’t disapoint. The restaurant is small and cosy, I would book at the weekends as I imagine it get’s packed. […]

Peruvian eating in Madrid

August 16, 2010


Madrid has close roots with Latin America for obvious reasons and it’s easy to find communities of people from each of these countries. This also brings good food and I have recently discovered Peruvian food so thought that I would share some restaurant tips for those living in or visiting Madrid that may like to […]

Salamanca, Spain

June 3, 2010


Not wanting to miss the opportunity of a mid week holiday (Spain has it’s national holidays on the day they fall rather than the following Monday like the UK), we’ve just had a lovely night and day in Salamanca. It’s a beautiful town 2.5hrs train ride from Madrid – possible to do in a day […]

The Sherry Triangle: Sanlucar, Cadiz and Jerez

April 5, 2010


The ‘sherry triangle’ is in the south-west of Spain, which as the name suggests, is where sherry comes from. Usually a dry region, after this long, wet winter, the 6 hour drive down from Madrid was considerably greener than I expected. The area is also known for olive oil and there are thousands upon thousands […]