It has often been said that Rome is the heart of Italy but Naples is the soul, and now I understand what is meant by this phrase. Perhaps not as picture perfect as some of Italia’s other parts but it is without doubt the most authentic.
An ideal getaway without too long a journey is the ever-popular Portuguese resort, The Algarve. Curving round the south coast is the Algarve region, which has a dramatic coastline, scalloped with sandy bays and secluded coves.
As the Tay Bridge collapsed in a December storm in 1879, there must have been many who wished the warning of Patrick Matthew had been heeded.
When we day-dream of pristine, uncrowded beaches, we often imagine we’ll have to travel to some far flung desert island to find them but in actual fact, just over four hours on a plane will take you to some of the prettiest and atmospheric beaches on the planet.
Adding fresh herbs to a meal can turn it from drab to fab. A bit of dill with fish, some fresh torn basil in Bolognese or some rosemary over baby potatoes the possibilities are endless.
If you fancy getting away from it all this spring without venturing too far but still want to tick off a few destinations from the bucket list, a cruise is the ideal solution.
Getting to the continent couldn’t be quicker or easier these days with the volume of flights and routes on offer from budget airlines.
Tony Bennett’s famous song may well be one of the official anthems for the city of San Francisco and you’ll understand why when you get there.
Recent trends would suggest something of a renaissance in holidays at home. As well as pumping cash back into our own economy, there are many other great reasons to visit our magnificent cities and stunning coastal towns this year.
China and the Far East are steeped in mystery and this allure has drawn its visitors from afar for many years.