A few years ago for my birthday, Mr Kiwi and I boarded a plane up into the Arctic Circle. Thanks to the joys of social media and bloggers, we had been tipped off that one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights was Tromso in Northern Norway. We were lucky enough to not only see their elusive shimmers but also spend time under a sky where we could just about touch… View Post

The Best Hotel Breakfasts In The World (So …

The Best Hotel Breakfasts In The World (So Far)

Like the brunch queen I am, I couldn’t help myself and put together a list of the best hotel breakfasts we have enjoyed so far around the world – they say “eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper” and I can’t help but agree. These are all favourites for a myriad of reasons – and every single hotel that we stayed in and listed, has excellent coffee and was… View Post

19 of the best places to go in Amsterdam

19 of the best places to go in Amsterdam

There are certain cities that have an addictive, mysterious joie de vivre to them. Amsterdam sits firmly on that shortlist. Please excuse the somewhat clickbait style post title, but I was at a bit of a loss how to describe our most recent city break there. A good friend of ours (he and his family live in Japan) found himself in Europe, and really fancied finally exploring Amsterdam. 

Hellbrunn Palace: Trick Fountains and The Sound of …

Hellbrunn Palace: Trick Fountains and The Sound of Music

It was 37°C. Our faces were practically melting off in the unusual summer heatwave across Europe, and we’d already spent the morning climbing via cable car 1,320m up the Untersberg Mountain, so we headed for Hellbrunn Palace with its trick fountains Hellbrunn Palace is an early Baroque villa of palatial size, near Morzg, a southern district of the city of Salzburg, Austria. It was built in 1613–19 by Markus Sittikus von Hohenems, Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg, and named… View Post

An Austrian Lake Retreat at Lake Wolfgangsee in …

An Austrian Lake Retreat at Lake Wolfgangsee in Sankt Gilgen

During our week in Salzburg, we decided that a couple of nights in an Austrian lake retreat was in order – we just wanted a little peace and quiet in an out-of-the-way nook. Furiously Google researching before we left, I hatched a plan to hop on the coaches that serve the towns dotted around Austria, and after boarding we merrily watched the countryside gradually change before our eyes over the 45-minute journey.