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Relaxing? An Airport? Surely not?….Flying from Doncaster Sheffield Airport is exactly that!

They really do take the hassle out of travelling, the entire airport experience is an absolute travellers dream!

They have everything just right, from start to finish.

Why choose Doncaster Sheffield Airport

1. Great Location

Doncaster Sheffield Airport is easy to reach from the UK’s major motorways including the M1, A1 & M62. The new motorway link road from junction 3 of the M18 means it is now super easy & quick to get to.

Sheffield 35 minutes / Barnsley 45 minutes / Wakefield 50 minutes / Leeds 52 minutes / Hull 58 minutes / York 1hr 5 minutes

2. Easy Car Parking Options

This isn’t the most glamorous subject, but they really do have it just right! The car parks are SO close to the terminal, it is literally a 60 second walk to the terminal building. How perfect is that?! You can choose from Short Stay, Long Stay, Premium Parking or Meet & Greet. I opted for Meet & Greet and I am so pleased I did, it is worth every penny! I was greeted by a really friendly staff member who directed me to the terminal. My favourite thing was upon return, I was greeted by the same staff member who welcomed me with a big smile on his face and a chirpy ‘Hello Miss Denton, how was your flight?’….Now that is personalised service! I was blown away! Not only that, my car was ready and waiting for me to jump in and drive home straight away, which is exactly what you want after a flight. Read more here: http://flydsa.co.uk/car-parking/car-park-options/

3. Quick & Easy Check in

Doncaster Sheffield Airport certainly win the award for the smoothest and quickest check-in experience! I used the self-check in machines in the terminal and then went straight to departures and through security. All within 5 minutes – I used the fast track service too, which is included in the price of the premium lounge.

4. Premium Lounge

Oh wow, now this is airport perfection! I was so chilled in here. I instantly felt at home and set myself up near the plug sockets (always a winner!) They offer complimentary drinks and snacks, along with breakfast, brunch and lunch options. I had a beautiful tuna salad, although I have heard the Fish Finger sandwich is a huge hit…Some even say it is the best in Yorkshire ūüėČ They have so many different drink options too, you can order Spirits, wines, beers and also a large range of ciders. It is totally worth it, especially to be able to benefit from the fast track service too! Read more here: http://flydsa.co.uk/at-the-airport/premium-lounge/

5. Friendly Staff

I have mentioned this a few times, but it is something I feel really strongly about! The staff are amazing in the airport, whether you speak to the team on check in, or the staff in the departure terminal, everyone has a smile on their face and are always happy to help. As Walt Disney would say…‘You can design, create and build the most wonderful place in the world, but it takes people to make the dream a reality’

6. Destinations

The world is your oyster flying from Doncaster Sheffield Airport.  You can choose from various destinations in Spain, Ireland, France, Poland, Croatia, Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Latvia, Portugal, Turkey & Long Haul destinations too!

I flew into Alicante in less than 2.5 hours, there are so many places you can explore! I decided to explore Alicante, I stayed in such a beautiful boutique hotel called No.4 Benissa. It was perfect, you can read more here:  https://hannahswancott.co.uk/2017/05/30/no-4-benissa-alicante/

Reason’s why I love Doncaster Sheffield Airport VLOG over on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYx5xBs4JNM

Find great value Doncaster Sheffield Airport flights on Skyscanner: http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-8394176-10641620





Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock)¬†has been named¬†one of the most famous hikes in Norway¬†&¬†after completing the hike in April, I can completely see why…

It towers a whopping 604 metres above the beautiful Lysefjord, making the views absolutely INCREDIBLE!

I vlogged the entire hike & edited it down to a 3 minute video! See Preikestolen for yourself here: https://youtu.be/K8bgNgluwIg (it is my first vlog, be nice to me ha ha!)

Preikestolen, Lysefjord Norway:

In some ways we picked a great time to visit however in other ways we would have been much better visiting in the Summer. The positives were how quiet everything was, meaning we booked our ferry to Preikestolen on the same day, at the port without experiencing any difficulty with availabilty. It also meant the hike was extremely quiet, which made it so enjoyable!  When we reached the top of Pulpit Rock there were only around 40 people already there.  We were lucky enough to capture some great shots without other tourists in view.

On the other hand, traveling to¬†Stavanger in the ‘winter’ months meant we were unable to reach Fl√łri 4444, Kjerag or Trolls Tongue¬†easily. We were relying on public transport on a Saturday & Sunday which was impossible to get there in a short duration (we travelled Friday – Monday). The ferries don’t run as often in the winter months, therefore I would be sure to check the schedules before you book anything if these are the hikes you would like to do. (we were gutted we couldn’t make it to Fl√łri 4444, the view from the¬†steps look incredible http://bit.ly/2p4LNHH!)

Whilst we were there, we looked at loads of different timetables/websites and it seemed June РSeptember is the best time to go for ease of public transport around the hikes, although I am sure that will also mean it will be super busy!  If you are thinking of just hiking Preikestolen, I would definitely recommend late April.

We used a company called ‘Tide’ to book our Ferry & Bus tickets together, they were 350 NOK each when booking at the terminal on the same day. ¬†I have¬†since looked online and it is displaying at 320 NOK each, therefore it is cheaper to pre-book!¬†Another bonus, is their website is really clear unlike alot of the other Norwegian websites >¬†http://bit.ly/2qISkF2¬†<

We¬†would definitely use Tide again, they offer some great tours in the summer, including trips to Troll’s Tongue & Kjerag.

The Hike

We caught the 11:15am ferry from Stavanger which meant we arrived at the bottom of Preikestolen around 12:30pm. It took 1.5 hours to reach the top of Preikestolen and boy, was¬†the hike¬†worth it! It was a moderate hike, the start was pretty steep however after the first 10 minutes it flattened off slightly and became much easier. I would recommend having good quality walking boots and lots of layers. We were¬†cold¬†at the bottom, hot in the middle and freezing at the top! It was also extremely windy at the top¬†therefore bring a woolly hat and gloves to keep warm – I forgot my gloves and couldn’t feel my fingers! Saying that, we saw lots of people walking their dogs along the way and we even¬†saw¬†someone wearing a suit and brogues, they were sliding everywhere on the ice, but it shows it can be done in casual gear!

We were so suprised how quiet it was at the top, We spent around 40 minutes taking photos and then started to hike back down to escape the wind. There are some lovely little spots along the route too, which are perfect for a picnic.

In total, we were 3 hours 40 minutes. We started to hike at 12:30pm, reached the top in 1 hour 30 minutes and then we got back down to the bottom at 4:10pm, our bus left at 5pm – We made it in good timing!

The Lysefjord is absolutely beautiful and I would happily book a flight to Stavanger, to simply complete the Preikestolen hike. Our flights were so cheap too, find out how on this link > https://hannahswancott.co.uk/2016/09/10/weekend-escape/

We also did a cruise along the Lysefjord the next day, can you believe this is Pulpit Rock from down below? You can hardly believe that tiny little ledge is so famous!

Stavanger¬†itself is¬†really pretty too. We spent lots of our time in Ovre Holmegate, which is the most colourful street in the city centre. There are loads of cute little bars and restaurants, our personal favourite was Boker¬†og Borst,¬†it was so¬†cosy! They had¬†an entire bookshelf full of games and books….We were entertained for hours whilst we waited for our flight!

We stayed for 3 nights in the Thon Hotel Stavanger, which was great as it is so central. They included breakfast and also an evening meal, which was¬†really helpful as Norway isn’t the cheapest country I have ever been too!

Take a look at the hike over on YouTube  https://youtu.be/K8bgNgluwIg

Any questions, let me know!

Happy Hiking – Hannah xo




Sustainable boutique hotel, set alongside one of Sri Lanka’s finest lakes, Lake Koggala.

Nos Da Ty (meaning ‘Good¬†Night Hotel’ in Welsh) is a stylish, magnificently restored seven-room residence in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka.

This unique, intimate lakeside property is ideally placed for visiting the south coast¬†of Sri Lanka. Nos Da Ty¬†is just footsteps away from Koggala Beach and within easy reach of many of the region’s favourite landmarks, including Galle Fort.

This beautifully restored residence has been lovingly built and created by co-owners Peter & Indra. Peter brings lots of Welsh charm to the residence, whilst Indra brings his culinary expertise and expert knowledge of the Island. Together, they have created a wonderful residence oozing charm and sophistication.

This exclusive island retreat boasts a stunning open-air restaurant, which serves up fresh, organic produce directly picked from the lush gardens on-site.  Their in-house chef creates a selection of fabulous Sri Lankan dishes as well as contemporary options for lunch and dinner every day.

Behind Nos Da Ty’s entrance¬†gates¬†you will find spacious, airy interiors with high ceilings and¬†a¬†comfortable lounge area to enjoy a drink in the evening. Behind each hand-crafted¬†doorway, you will find large,¬†generous¬†bedrooms.¬†Each¬†of¬†the¬†deluxe¬†ensuite bedrooms have¬†substantial¬†amounts of space, natural light and offer beautiful views of the estate, each featuring a spectacular mahogany king-size four poster bed.

A 20-Minute Tuk Tuk Journey will lead¬†you to the hip, boho-chic¬†Fortress¬†of Galle, where you can find locally designed artwork, exquisite linens¬†& super healthy¬†& laid back eateries. I was totally taken by suprise by this utterly magical city.¬† You can wander through the streets all day soaking up the culture and strolling through the shops, here are some of my favourites…

Shop: The Barefoot brand is famous in Sri Lanka for their eccentric designs and quirky pieces.

Shop: Stick No Bills is famous for its classic Sri Lankan posters, postcards & prints.

Shop: Exotic Roots is a family run business, selling colouful prints with unique and authentic designs.

Shop: LUV SL Galle. Must visit, just to see the pool and Tuk Tuk inside!

Eat: The Calorie Counter offers authentic Sri Lankan cuisine with a healthy twist.

Find more details and rates online at: http://www.nosdahotel.com/

For UK booking details contact Laurie Tilley Phone: 01273 961810 or Mobile:07900825123.

Email: laurie.tilley@travelcounsellors.com Website: www.travelcounsellors.com/laurie.tilley






Friendship Beach Bar & Restaurant is one of the coolest places to hangout along Tangalle Beach.

You can grab a drink at the bar, pull up a chair on the beachfront or swing in the hammock & watch the world go by as the sun goes down. The atmosphere here is so chilled, you will never want to leave!

It’s a Family Thing: The owner, Dami has started up the business from scratch with a little help from his friends & family. They’re a¬†talented bunch – They can sing, dance, play guitar, beat on the bongos, not to mention their surfing skills make for great entertainment!


The Location: This is one of the best locations in Tangalle. The sea is really calm here compared to other parts of the beach making it a great spot for swimmers & surfers! We sat here all day, with the occasional dip in the sea in-between drinks of course!


The Food: They have a really unique menu offering a modern, healthy¬†twist on the traditional Sri Lankan favourites. They have some amazing Seafood options¬†that are all freshly caught along with a full range of Vegetarian options.¬† The owners wife is Vegetarian, which is why they have such¬†varied¬†options to choose from on¬†the menu. (Try the Guacamole, it’s the BEST!) They have loads suitable for Vegans too – Which is always a big hit!

We came here for a quick lunch one day and ended up staying all afternoon for lunch, drinks & dinner. The food is that good! We had quite a selection between us РFresh Lobster, Crab, Prawns, Mahi Mahi & Red Snapper. Not forgetting, they make an amazing Mojito too! (The best one we tasted in Sri Lanka!)

Such a cute little find, a secret gem on the beach!

Enjoy – Hannah x

Website: http://bit.ly/2odPLss

Address: Friendship Beach Restaurant. Meadilla Road, Meadakeatiya. Tangalle. Sri Lanka


We love nothing more than a cosy little winter getaway in the UK, therefore when Citystay got in touch offering the chance to visit the beautiful city of Cambridge, we jumped at the chance to visit!

Citystay Vesta are in the perfect location, just 2 minutes’ walk from Cambridge Train Station and a further 10 minutes into the Historical city centre. See more: http://bit.ly/2lHwa3i

From the second we booked we were made to feel super welcome. The entire booking process is really personal, which I love! We dealt with Aimee who is Citystay’s Guest Services Co-ordinator. She¬†was¬†incredible from start to finish!

Aimee text in the morning to find out our ETA, which was a nice touch as we knew she would be there to greet us. We ended up getting a little bit lost trying to find the apartment, but Aimee was on hand to get us back on track!

Aimee guided us into the car park, then up to our apartment. She explained how everything worked in detail, showing us the washing machine, cooker, heating, key controls etc plus a little bit about the local area. The location by the station is great, as it means right outside the apartment is a Sainsburys Local, Pret-a-manger and Wasabi, therefore if you did need to grab something quickly, you can do!

Aimee gave us her contact details & left us to explore…Explore being the key word, as the apartment is massive! We had apartment 73, which is a 2-bedroom Vesta apartment. They offer 1,2 or 3 bedroom Vesta apartments too.

First things first‚Ķ.FOOD! You don‚Äôt get this kind of welcome in a hotel! It‚Äôs so nice to have the essentials in the cupboards to make it feel like home. The welcome pack is completely complimentary. Plus if you are travelling for a special occasion you can request additional items such as wine or chocolates for your arrival. Check out ‚Äėenhance your stay‚Äô on the website. http://bit.ly/2lHwa3i

Also, just a note that the kitchen cupboards are really well equipped with all the cookware you need, making it super easy to cook a big dinner if there are a few of you.

The bathrooms are really well equipped too with huge white fluffy towels & The White Company toiletries. We had a full range of toiletries in each of the bathrooms, we had an ensuite with a shower plus a main bathroom which had a shower over the bath too!

My favourite thing about the bathrooms though is the heated floor….It was freezing this weekend & the under floor heating was amazing & massively appreciated. It was all these little things that make these apartments perfect, I am not surprised they win so many awards!

The entire apartment space felt like home. They have thought of every little detail to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Each bedroom has a TV, Sony Radio, Slippers (My unicorn slippers come everywhere with me, I didn’t need to bring them after all though as they have slippers here!) They even have separate heating controls per bedroom which I thought was pretty nifty. Most importantly though, the beds are ridiculously comfortable. They are so cosy and soft….I could’ve stayed there all day! Another thing to note, they have plug sockets by the bed….Which is something so simple, yet so annoying when there is no plug near to you!


Exploring Cambridge

Something completely unique to Citystay is that when you book with them you can Punt for FREE! Which is such a big benefit.

Citystay work with Scudamore which is Cambridge’s original punting company founded in 1901. You can choose from a selection of self-hire punts, kayaks, canoes and rowboats….All with the compliments of Citystay!

More details here: http://bit.ly/2kZA3R8

Cambridge University:

The best word to describe the different colleges of Cambridge University is MAGICAL‚ĶIt felt like we were wandering around in a fairy-tale, or in Hogwarts! I was in awe of the students who get to call this home. There are so many passageways, alleyways and doorway‚Äôs to explore ‚Äď I was scared to wander through half of them, although I‚Äôm sure I could pass for a student right?! ūüėČ To know that Hawking, Byron, Newton &¬†Darwin have wandered these exact same paths is something pretty special!

Christ’s College is¬†right in the heart of the city. We were just doing a spot of shopping and stumbled across the beautiful grounds of the college.

Lunch Stop: No Valentines is complete without Crepes right?! We stopped at Benet’s Café which overlooks Kings College, the perfect location for a little afternoon sugar craving!

They do hot food too, along with some of the best cakes and ice cream flavours I have ever seen!

Location: 21 King’s Parade, City Centre, Cambridge CB2 1SP

Here he is….The only photo I managed to get of him all weekend!

What a great weekend for Valentines….We can’t wait to come back again in the summer!

Post in collaboration with Citystay Apartments, Cambridge.

See you soon.

Hannah. x


Oman has been voted 8th in the Lonely Planet’s best in Travel for 2017 – It’s a destination not to missed!

When telling people I was travelling to Oman, I generally had the response of ‘where is that?’ It is a fairly unique destination which made me love it even more! My biggest regret, would be that I¬†only spent 2 days here over the weekend, which really¬†wasn’t enough to experience everything Oman has to offer.

To answer the question,¬†Oman is right on the edge of the¬†Arabian Peninsula.¬†I don’t like to¬†compare countries, but¬†Oman really reminded me of Dubai and Marrakesh mixed together!¬†The design of the buildings, patterns¬†& colours¬†really reminded me of Marrakesh. The beaches, people & food offerings really reminded me of Dubai.

The people are really what makes Oman special. Everyone I know who has visited says the same thing, I felt so welcome and safe from the second we arrived. Another thing to note, is how clean and neat it is there, It is the cleanest country I have ever been too! Everywhere we went there was a cleaner or a gardener, trimming the trees or washing the floor. Even the roads were spotless! It is the little things like that, which adds to the countries beauty.

The Luxury Resort: We stayed in the Shang-ri-la Barr Al Jissah, which is absolutely stunning. There are 3 hotels making up the resort which are the Al Bandar, Al Husn & Al Waha. We stayed in a pool view room with a balcony in the Al Bandar. The Al Husn was definitely my favourite, I felt like an Arabian Princess strolling through a palace!

Shangrila Barr Al Jissah: http://bit.ly/2kkSSwA

The Endless Beaches: You will have direct access to the most beautiful views from the minute you arrive. The Mountains rise all around the resort, making for the perfect backdrop!

The Turtles: Each night we would head to Turtle Beach to try and catch a glimpse of the Turtles hatching, we sadly didn’t get to see any but we spoke to lots of guests who were lucky enough to see them. They have a Turtle Care Project at the resort too, they¬†even have their¬†very own Turtle Ranger (What a great job!)

Omani Food:¬†There is so much choice!¬†I opted for¬†Asian¬†Tapas on the terrace¬†for¬†the first night.¬† I had Crab & Potato¬†Samosas with Peanut Oil & Mixed seafood paella. The second night I decided to dine in Bait Al Bar¬†along the¬†beach.¬†¬†I opted for fish again, I had the Seafood Platter (Lobster, Sea Bream, Kingfish, Squid, Vegetables & Lemon Butter!) Try and book these when you arrive, as we struggled for a reservation on the first night. The menu’s are all loaded online on this link > http://bit.ly/2jj9R54 Have a good look at the menu’s before you arrive so you can pre-budget & pick your favourites!

The Tea: I must admit, I didn’t like the taste of Arabic Tea but I LOVED the Arabic Tea Pots!

The Grand Mosque: The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is Islamic architecture at its best! I obsessed over the Islamic Geometric Patterns and Mosaic Tiles.

Oh these tiles!


Who gets excited to fly home? Not me, that is for sure! Unless these are¬†the views….Keep your eyes peeled around 2 hours into your flight home, you will fly over these snowy mountains in Iran. Breathtaking!



There is so much more to do,¬†I just didn’t have the time.¬†Camping in the dessert¬†is still¬†top of my list. I guess it¬†gives me another reason to go back! ūüėČ

I am pleased to say I have experienced the Arabian magic in 2017!

Post in collaboration with Barr Al Jissah & Luxuria Lifestyle…Love for Arabian patterns all my own ūüėČ

Enjoy, any questions get in touch!

Hannah x



Hilton Sa Torre, Majorca is little piece of heaven in the Mediterranean, you won’t ever want to leave! It is located just 15 minutes away from Palma Airport, making¬†it a perfect weekend escape to relax and unwind in the luxury of the Majorcan countryside.

5 Reasons to visit Hilton Sa Torre Majorca:

1. Experience the Luxury location: This Hilton is like no other Hilton in the world! It’s located in a beautifully¬†restored Finca, it’s¬†truly unique in every way, with a 14th century chapel on site and an iconic Majorcan windmill, everywhere you look is picture perfect.¬†¬†This is our second visit to this stunning hotel, it certainly won’t be the last!

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2. Romance: This hotel oozes romance! It is quiet, peaceful and perfect for couples to spend quality time together. Ditch your phones/tablets and laptops and enjoy the stunning surroundings. Take a stroll around the magical hotel grounds, or wander towards the town of Llucmajor. You can also hop in a cab to Palma, the capital city for around 20 Euros.

3. Treat yourself in the Spa: The use of the spa is included in your stay, take advantage of the facilities and treat yourself! They offer lots of different treatment options, or you can just enjoy the sauna, steam room, indoor pool and gym.

4. 5* Food: They have 3 restaurants, The Pool Bar (They have the BEST pizza!) Sa Clastra & the Arxiduc restuarant. The Arxiduc is a firm favourite, as you can dine outside on the patio and enjoy fresh, local tapas. The menu is carefully created and updated every season by the on-site chefs to ensure the best food is on offer.

5. The Service Button: I’ll save the best until last! This button is the best invention EVER! If you are feeling super relaxed¬†(or just being lazy) you can press a button for service at your sunbed…It doesn’t get much better than that right?!


Enjoy this little hidden gem!

To Book: http://bit.ly/2ex56nC

Hannah x

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Experience the city life in Venice & Verona along with the tranquillity of Lake Garda. How we squeezed Venice, Verona & Desenzano into one unforgettable weekend break!

Day I: We flew from London Stansted into Milan Bergamo airport. The flight only cost £32pp: http://bit.ly/2jbQZWj.

Find out how, on this link: https://travelthroughlifehannah.wordpress.com/2016/09/10/weekend-escape/

Milan Airport (BGY) is around 80km away from Lake Garda, the train is by far the cheapest option to arrive into the Lakes, costing us 7 Euros each. Generally there is one change either in Breschia or Treviglio if you are heading towards Desenzano Del Garda. We chose to stay in Desenzano due to the transport links, making it really easy to use the trains to travel around Italy.

I booked our train tickets on my mobile using Go Euro (link: http://bit.ly/2en6xl2) The site is so¬†easy to use, really mobile friendly, meaning as soon as you make a booking online you can download your tickets save them to your iBooks which allows the ticket inspector to¬†scan your ticket straight from your phone¬†using the QR code – It is as simple as that!¬† It is much easier and cheaper than paying for your tickets from the kiosk, I¬†can’t¬†recommend it enough! Some of the tickets we booked minutes before the train was due to arrive using the app.

We arrived at the Hotel Bonotto, which is located in Desenzano Del Garda. We booked a lake view room and the view from the balcony was worth every penny. We didnt think we could get a better view, we were in for a big suprise, the real show stopper is when you go for breakfast as there is a panoramic view over the lake, it is such a beautiful peaceful setting!

The hotel was in a perfect location, it’s a 1 minute walk to the lake, 2 minute walk to the town, 2 minute walk to the harbour and 10 minute walk to the train station. (approx. 8.50 Euros in a taxi to the train station if you have heavy bags!)

Hotel Bonotto: http://bit.ly/2elpXFU

We had a little wander into the town and we found the cutest little pizza place called Al Fattore, located in the main town of Desenzano. It was super cheap too, only 28 Euros for 2 pizza’s and a bottle of wine, which was a surprise for a popular tourist town.

Day II: Verona & Venice.

We did some research over dinner & decided to head to Verona in the morning, it is only 20 minutes away on the train also it only cost 3.60 Euros per ticket ‚Äď Result! We caught the 09:00am train, meaning we arrived into Verona by 09:20. Verona Purto Nouva is the main station in the City, only a¬†15 – 20¬†minute walk¬†straight down Corso Porta Nuova into Verona. We walked directly to the Piazza, which is absolutely beautiful, even on a rainy day!

Then we headed into Castelvecchio Castle, which has beauty around every corner.¬† Then we wandered around the Piazza‚Äôs including Piazza Bra & Piazza Dei Signori. Then we headed to Torre dei Lamberti, The Basilica, Santa Maria Antica & Arco Dei Gavi ‚Äď Lovely morning spent wandering around the city!

Day II Afternoon

We walked back to Verona station to head for Venice, again we booked on the Go Euro app for 8 Euros each & is approx. a 1.5 hour train journey and we arrived into Venice for 3pm.

WOW what a STUNNING train journey, Venice station is right on the Grand Canal, pulling into the station was pretty impressive…….

This is our second time visiting Venice, the first time was back in 2014 when my Fiancée proposed in a restaurant called Riviera which is towards the end of the Grand Canal, it is a beautiful peaceful spot, which is sometimes hard to come across in such a busy city. The food in Riviera is unbelievable, the views are even better! More pics and menus can be found here: http://bit.ly/2dFGJC2

Gondola Rides: There is always time for a Gondola Ride! They are around 80 Euros for 40 minutes ‚Äď Which is completely worth it in my eyes, as you get views like this! You can either prebook them beforehand, or flag down a Gondola man when you are in the City (They are round most corners, in their amazing stripy t-shirts and matching hats!)

Piazza St. Mark’s square is beautiful, BUT super busy. We tend to sprint through to get to the beautiful views over the Grand Canal at the water’s edge! There are plenty of bars and restaurants in the square, but they are really busy and the most expensive in Venice. You are much better walking through the square, towards the canal and take a stroll across the water front to find a much quieter, cheaper and much prettier spot to enjoy a refreshment break!

We love to slowly wander around, finding quiet little spots to admire the view with less people. With that in mind, we started a mission to find another favourite restaurant of ours, which is Luna Sentada. Luna Sentada is pretty hard to locate, as it is in a lovely quiet location, down a narrow side path. Both of our phones had lost signal meaning we couldn’t use google maps we had no choice but to get lost! The exact way how we found it last time!! We very nearly gave up as it was getting later and later, however at 6pm, we turned a corner which we both really recognised…..We both laughed and couldnt believe our eyes, we had been searching for ages, but sure enough when we turned that corner, there it was! Luna Sentada & 5000 wine bar. Two wines please!

If I give you one tip for Venice, it is to purposely get yourself lost, walk off the main¬†streets & down the many side streets, where hidden gems await! ‘Take it all in, explore, adventure, turn corners and appreciate the most beautiful city in the world.’

Day II Evening:We caught the train from Venice back to our hotel in Desenzano del Garda. We caught the last train at 7:30pm from Venice (be sure to check Go Euro’s train timetable for the last train during your trip)

Desenzano: Lake Garda

Day III Morning: We went for breakfast in the Hotel Bonotto at 7:00am to catch the sunrise. (WOW) I would really recommend an early morning rise to catch these stunning views. We took a stroll around the lake as a final goodbye before we needed to leave for our flight at 10am. It didnt take long to find cute little spots along the way!








Have you explored Italy by train? Let me know below! What are your top tips?

Hannah x


Budapest was a whirlwind weekend adventure, full of great food, unforgettable sights, a few kooky characters and of course, amazing Hungarian wine!

‚ĶKooky became my new favourite word in Budapest,¬†but I‚Äôm pretty sure I was using it in completely the wrong context after looking up the dictionary meaning online‚Ķ..When I say Kooky, I mean ‚Äėunique, quirky, vibrant¬†&¬†different.’¬† Although the online meaning is ‘strange, eccentric &¬†scary’¬†– That wasn‚Äôt my idea of kooky!

We arrived into Budapest airport at 11am on 24th August 2016, we were instantly greeted by an illegal taxi driver in the main arrivals hall, hoping to take us to our hotel in Pest for 40 Euros….Luckily, I knew straight away the amount he had quoted was double the estimated amount, therefore we politely declined and headed to the official taxi rank outside. The queue took around 15 minutes, however it is much cheaper and safer, to await the official taxi company. Try and estimate your route online before you head to your destination, to ensure you aren’t being ripped off by taxi companies. It always pays to be in the know!

We reached our hotel within around 20 minutes from the airport, at a cost of 6,500 HUF (approx. £18) you can use Euros or Hungarian Forint in Budapest, generally everything is priced in both, however I would always recommend spending the local currency, you normally get a much better exchange rate this way.

The Boscolo Hotel

WOW – This hotel is STUNNING!

I just wanted to take a picture of everything as soon as we got inside. I have never seen anything like it on my travels, the entrance is a work of art, its contemporary design mixes with the historical architecture and creates such a mesmerizing first impression…

The Boscolo is also home to the New York¬†Cafe –¬†‘The most beautiful cafe in the world.

We were super lucky, as we were staying in the Boscolo on a B&B basis, we had our breakfast included at the New York Cafe every day.

…Everyone starts there day with Champagne right?!

The Boscolo is in a great location, it is around a 12 minute walk away from St. Stephens Basilica, or you can take the bus! There is a bus stop directly outside the Boscolo, making it a great option for easy transport links.

We generally love walking and finding our own little hideaways away from the crowds when we visit cities, but this time we absolutely LOVED the open top buses, we had a fantastic time being chauffeured around Budapest, it has opened up a whole new world to us! We even managed to get a sun tan (ahem….or….erm….a burnt nose) in the process! We would use the bus to drop us off at the main attractions, then enjoy a walk around the area to find quiet little hidden spots. It is really affordable too, on average around 20 Euros for a 2-day ticket.

You can find more information and pre purchase your open top bus tickets here: http://bit.ly/2bW3ssR

Time to Explore….

We hopped on our favourite little bus and headed towards the Basilica to find somewhere for dinner, friends had recommended a few restaurants to us which were all around the Basilica area, so we thought that would be a good place to start! We jumped on the bus which took around 9 minutes, with some lovely views along the route.

Then, we stumbled across the annual Junibor Wine Festival. We totally didn’t know this was happening in Budapest over the weekend, therefore we were super pleased to find this little gem! In future, we will always check for kooky little events like this, as it was one of the best nights we have ever experienced on a city break.

It is so in-expensive too. We spent £30 which lasted us 2 evenings (we got a little bit over-excited when we arrived and bought 10,000 HUF in wine tokens….WAY too many!)

Good News! It is back for 2017…

Aug¬†25,¬†2017¬†–¬†Aug 28, 2017¬†More Information here:


Time to Explore….

We hopped onto the bus and headed over to BUDA.

Budapest is split into two cities, divided by the River Danube: Buda & Pest.

Pest is very flat, which is super easy to walk around, on the other side in Buda it is pretty hilly, with some really steep parts (where the bus comes in use) there are some stunning views from Buda, overlooking Pest.

We headed straight to the Castle District first of all, which is absolutely beautiful. We caught the bus to the top, we were wowed from the second we saw the beautiful view.

There is so much to explore inside the Palace too, we spent a good 3 hours taking a look around, finding all of the secret spots where it was less crowded to take in the beautiful views.

You can grab some lunch/coffee/ice-cream whilst inside too. It is also incredibly friendly for guests with pushchairs/wheelchairs. There is lift access to the top of the Palace, there is also an escalator inside too, to take you to the top. (Who would of thought it!?)

We started at the bottom in the Castle and explored our way to the top.

Then, we walked back down via Matthias Church, which is still located on Castle Hill right at the top, just outside of the main Buda Castle.

Walking back down took around 30 minutes……I don’t think it should of taken that long, we got a little bit lost (oops) Getting lost in such a beautiful city though is never bad, we found some really cute little side streets to explore!

They have music & wine festivals at certain times of the year around the Castle, plus you can hire Segway’s to ride around Castle District if you want to save your legs some work!

For more information on Buda Castle & the Castle district, see this link:


Time to Explore….PEST

Parliament is breathtaking, more amazing views this time over-looking Buda!

Walking from Parliament, we headed towards the Danube River, to see the memorial along the promenade. It is so moving, even to this day there are visitors dropping fresh flowers in memory of all of the people who lost their lives.

Dinner & Drinks – Innio Wine Bar

I would highly reccomend Innio Wine Bar, even if you are just after a quick pit stop for a drink. (They know their wines!) They are located by St Stephens Basilica.

We ate at Innio, enjoying the 5-course taster menu, with additional wine pairing.

The service was brilliant РFood even better. Easily one of the best restaurants we have ever been too, at a fraction of the price! It cost us 26,100 HUF for our meal, which is around £75 each. Definitely a must do for a night of great food and wine!

More details: http://bit.ly/2cAEgqm  

The Donut Library

A trip to Budapest would’t be complete without a pit stop in the Donut Library!

If you stay near the Boscolo, you will walk past this little gem when you head towards the Basilica. It is on your right hand side….

St Stephens Basilica

The surrounding areas of St Stephens Basilica was one of our favourite places to hang out, night or day!

There is a paddling pool to dip your toes in to cool off just behind the Basilica, plus on a Sunday there is a market around the area to enjoy too, selling all sorts of souveniers.

It is a really vibrant city in the evening, we found some really cool bars and cafes along the way towards the Basilica.

Ruin Bars

Be sure to check to see if you have any ruin bars near to where you are staying, they are the perfect spot to meet some new people and socialise, plus, some of the drinks prices are as low as 340 HUF (0.90p) for a glass of house wine РAlways a winner!


Enjoy Budapest – Hannah x