Day Trips · Europe · Food · Italy · Travel Photography · Weekend Getaways

Exploring Napoli & The Amalfi Coast: Mediterranean Paradise On A Budget

The Amalfi Coast has become a popular destination for luxury beach holidays, and it’s not hard to see why – with its dramatic craggy coastline, gorgeous, tiny hotels and B&Bs perched atop cliffs overlooking Vesuvio and the Bay of Naples, delicious fresh seafood, impossibly blue water, and plenty of small-town Italian culture to discover, this… Continue reading Exploring Napoli & The Amalfi Coast: Mediterranean Paradise On A Budget

Africa · Day Trips · South Africa · South Africa · Weekend Getaways · Wine Lover

Elgin, South Africa – A Romantic Escape into the Apple Valley

A Spring Wedding in the Overberg Countryside Last year in October, my husband and I had our family wedding celebration at South Hill Farm in Elgin, just outside of Cape Town. October is springtime in South Africa, which means frequent cloudbursts, apple blossoms, green vineyards, sunshine, and bright blue skies dotted with wispy white clouds.… Continue reading Elgin, South Africa – A Romantic Escape into the Apple Valley

Europe · Germany · Hamburg · Travel Photography · Weekend Getaways

Osterfeuer in Blankenese, Hamburg

Have you ever celebrated Easter / the Vernal (Spring) Equinox with a gigantic bonfire on the beach? I certainly hadn’t, until I visited Blankenese for the first time over the Easter weekend in 2014. This year we went back to Hamburg to celebrate Easter with family, driving up from Frankfurt on Thursday (6 hours on… Continue reading Osterfeuer in Blankenese, Hamburg

Denmark · Weekend Getaways

Denmark – Nordborg, Sonderborg, & Copenhagen

Marco and I got married in Denmark on the 9th of January 2015. Besides the expected wedding excitement, I was also thrilled to be visiting Scandinavia at long last, even if it was only for a long weekend in the middle of winter. I had always dreamed of travelling far north, beyond the German border… Continue reading Denmark – Nordborg, Sonderborg, & Copenhagen

Black Forest · Culture · France · Germany · Strasbourg · Travel Musings · Weekend Getaways

The Black Forest in autumn

This year, for my birthday, Marco took me to the Schwarzwald (Black Forest) in Germany for a long weekend. We rented a little Fiat 500 with a sunroof, and set off on Friday the 3rd October for our forest escape. We were incredibly lucky to have good weather (crisp, cool, clear, and sunny) the whole… Continue reading The Black Forest in autumn

Germany · Weekend Getaways

Weekend Woodland Getaway in Northern Germany

I have always loved forests. There’s something undeniably magical about them – the eerie stillness, the soft, dappled patterns of shade and sun, the rustling leaves – something magical, and something mysterious. I used to imagine that, like Bessie and her siblings in The Enchanted Wood, I need only wrap my arms around the trunks… Continue reading Weekend Woodland Getaway in Northern Germany