Europe

Torcello, Venice – things to do
Italy

Torcello, Venice – things to do

Torcello is a laid-back island with only 10 or 11 permanent inhabitants, but at its height several thousand people lived there. Don’t let this figure fool you, though, as it’s packed with tourists looking at the Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta, Chiesa di Santa Fosta and the museum. There’s a […]

Venice – what to see and do
Italy

Venice – what to see and do

Venice is a city of a hundred million details. They are everywhere from small carved bosses half way up buildings, to the 16th Century wells that stand proud in the multitude of piazzas. You have to look upwards to get the full magnificence of Venice because the vista is completed […]

Gold mosaic of a madonna praying in the apse of the basilica
Italy

Murano, Venice – things to do

Murano is a small island around 10 minutes by boat from Venice (about 1.5km). We visited it on a 20 Euro, four-hour tour of Murano, Burano and Torcello that departed from next to San Marco, so we didn’t have much time to stay and explore. At first glance it looks similar […]

Canals and coloured houses are picturesque
Italy

Burano, Venice – things to do

Burano is completely different to Venice in terms of its architecture. We visited it as part of a 20-Euro half-day tour of Murano, Burano and Torcello. It sits about 7km from Venice and you can catch a ferry directly there which takes about 40 minutes. Burano’s multi-coloured houses Burano is […]

Jökulsárlón, Iceland – a lake of ice islands
Iceland

Jökulsárlón, Iceland – a lake of ice islands

We had been advised by our guidebook that nothing can prepare you for driving around the corner and first seeing Jökulsárlón’s milky blue lake filled with the calved offspring of the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier. Right on the Ring Road, it’s easy to get to and thus was comparatively busy with tourists despite us getting […]

Reykjavik, Iceland – the cultural centre
Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland – the cultural centre

If you’ve ever wanted to spend $9 on a small cucumber, Reykjavik is the place to go. Of course, growing cucumbers in a place that barely gets about 15 degrees Celsius is never going to be easy, and you pay for it. You can have dried cod, puffin steaks and […]

Arundel, UK – Castles and cobbles
United Kingdom

Arundel, UK – Castles and cobbles

Arundel is a beautiful market town set in the Sussex countryside which boasts an impressive lineup of historic buildings, none more so than the castle and its surroundings. We spent a day in Arundel while we were staying at a bed and breakfast in Bury, a small village to the north, […]