Cologne Christmas markets – the essential guide

When it comes to Christmas markets, Germany is one of the best (if not the best) places in the world to sample the delights of gluhwein, warming winter food and wooden chalets packed full of gift ideas, from wooden toys to glass baubles. Last weekend I was lucky enough to visit the Christmas markets in Cologne…

A dream fulfilled at Borobudur

It’s been a long-time dream of mine to visit Borobudur, a 9th century Buddhist temple in Central Java and a few weeks ago my dream was finally fulfilled. I couldn’t quite believe I was there, just 12 hours after arriving in Yogyakarta after a very long journey from the UK. Borobudur is one of Java’s…

2 weeks in Java and Sulawesi – trip highlights in photos

The stupas of Borobudur, central Java The incredible Hindu temple of Prambanan, central Java The keraton (sultan’s palace) in Yogyakarta Javanese dance in Surakarta An amazing sunrise boat ride spotting pilot whales, Tangkoko national park, North Sulawesi   Relaxing in paradise a.k.a. Bunaken island, North Sulawesi The fascinating cliff burials of Tana Toraja, Sulawesi Torajan…

All aboard – behind the scenes on the Emerald Princess

A few weeks ago, before my Indonesian trip (more on that soon), I was invited on a tour of a cruise ship by Princess Cruises. This was quite exciting as a) it’s the only blog-related thing I’ve ever been invited to and b) I love boats and the sea generally (this site is named Saltwater…

Next stop Indonesia!

It’s #WanderfulWednesday again (it seems to come round quicker every week!). If you love travelling and want to inspire and share your stories with others, this is the Blog Hop for you! Visit any of the blogs listed below to read this week’s posts. In just over a week I’ll be heading east to a…

My favourite places to eat in Brighton

Love to eat? Headed to Brighton for a daytrip or long weekend? Today I’m taking you on a little tour of my favourite Brighton restaurants. I love to eat out but I’d never spend £25 on a main course, so I haven’t tried places like The Salt Room or 64 Degrees (which have rave reviews)….

Discover Kenya’s colourful canyon – the Marafa Depression

Did you know you could find landscapes like this in Kenya, only a few miles from the tropical coastline? Intrigued to hear more about a place the locals call ‘Hell’s Kitchen’? Let me take you back to 2010, when we spent a week in Kenya on our honeymoon, mixing a safari with some boat trips…

Stevie in the sunshine: a perfect summer weekend in London

Last night was something I’d been looking forward to for months – Stevie Wonder performing his classic ‘Songs In The Key of Life’ album live in Hyde Park. And Stevie did not disappoint playing for over 3 1/2 hours with a fantastic medley of his hits and other album tracks. It was great to hear…

What will Brexit mean for ERASMUS students and why it matters

So, 52% of UK voters have chosen to leave the EU, a decision which has far-reaching consequences in many areas of daily life. One thing that’s unclear is how university students who chose to study abroad in Europe for a year as part of their degree, under the ERASMUS scheme, will fare. Will they still…

What to do in Lisbon? 5 different places to see

Lisbon has mixed reviews, it’s fair to say. The city seems to divide opinion but I found much to like during a visit back in January. It didn’t hurt that the sun shone all the time; sometimes the weather can be quite overcast but we were lucky. It’s easy to get around on Lisbon’s buses,…

Heading east this autumn – please share your Indonesia tips!

Photo credit – Flickr creative commons I’m very happy to say that a destination I’ve had on my radar for a while will become a reality this September. We’re off to Indonesia for 2 weeks and I can’t wait! We’ll be spending time on Java and Sulawesi, although we’re still pinning down the details. Borobudur…