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Siam Park, Tenerife

My sister and I discovered this gem of a water park hidden away in mountains in Playa Las Americas, Tenerife. With late night sessions, DJs and a beach club it couldn’t be more tailored towards adults. If you find yourself in Tenerife, you have to visit Siam Park.

Troon, Scotland

If you’re looking for a quiet getaway then Troon is a great place. With close links to Glasgow there is plenty of variety and you can even pop over to the Isle of Arran for a day or two for something different. Just remember your layers and that all important hat so you don’t get caught in the cold.

When 2 travellers came to stay

The thing I love about travelling is that you get to meet so many people that you wouldn’t necessarily cross paths with in your day-to-day life. The one thing I learned was actually how small the world is. It’s a great thing to be able to meet new people but then know that if you want to, it is possible to see them again. Whilst travelling in Peru last summer I met people from all walks of life. I stayed in touch with a friend named Denica who lives in Canada and that’s where this story starts. Denica and her friend Chanla were planning on travelling around Europe and asked my advice on places to visit in England. Of course I offered up my sofa straight away and told them London should be top of the list! So last week the time had come. I had booked a day off work to become a London tour guide for the weekend and I couldn’t wait! It’s crazy how much you can actually fit into such a short …

MAR d’FORA, Portugal

This restaurant is a hidden gem. Tucked away on the cliff top in Praia de Paraiso, Carvoerio, it boasts a gorgeous set up with stunning views of the sea and surrounding area. If you decide to visit for dinner you can sit outside on the veranda and watch the warm blends of purple, orange and red as the sun sets, it’s beautiful. We (friends of mine and I) were lucky enough to discover MAR d’FORA whilst taking a tour of the town on a little train. This was perhaps the most exciting find on the tour, it definitely made it worthwhile. We booked to go for dinner on our last night of the holiday to celebrate the great week that we had had and it did not disappoint. The menu had a great selection of starters, mains and desserts with plenty of fresh fish options. The waiter asked if we would like to see which fish they had available that evening so we obliged. Before I knew it the waiter appeared behind me with a tray. Wait a …

Summer has arrived

And so the holiday season begins, my absolute favourite time of the year. Everyone’s so much happier, there’s such a feel good vibe in the air and the obligatory holiday snaps don’t go a miss. This week I’ve been sunning it up in a small town called Carvoerio, situated in the Algarve, Portugal with some friends. We stayed in a beautiful villa just a 10 minute walk from the town which was perfect for getting to the shops, restaurants and bars. We spent the first couple of days lazing by the pool, topping up our tans (or burning for some of us) eating and of course there was a bit of drinking as well. When it hit 6pm, it was in the shower and ready to take the evening by storm. We strolled into town looking at the restaurant menus, deciding what we would like to eat – there was so much choice. Afterwards we made our way through a selection of bars including local favourites Round Up (insane karaoke nights), Carvoerio bar and Bar Six before ending …

Travel Guide: Lake Garda – Where to stay

Recently I posted about my summer experience living in Italy, on Lake Garda. As you can imagine, there is far too much to talk about to possibly even try and fit it into one post, so here is post number 2. Working in Gardone, I had the opportunity on my days off to explore some of the other towns around the lake. The frequent ferry routes made this possible and reasonably priced, it’s the best way to travel across the lake. These were all equally beautiful but offered quite different experiences, so depending on what you are looking for, you may find one town a better fit than another. I have picked out a couple of my favourites below. Riva del Garda  Riva is a special place as it is where the lake ends and the Brenta Dolomites begin. Here you can experience rich history & art, the architecture is beautiful (another thing I admire about Italy). There is plenty to do and visit as a tourist and lots of water sports on offer if that is …

A summer in Lake Garda

Nearly 5 years ago now I got the opportunity to work in Italy for a summer as a restaurant host in a hotel called Grand Hotel Gardone. Anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely love Italy as a country – the place, the people, the language, the food! So for me it was insane to think that this beautiful country could be my home for the summer. It all started quite randomly – my step mum, Fiona, was doing a bit of work in Salo for an Italian company and met a few people, one of whom knew the owner of a hotel in Gardone. I sent an email to the owner and just like that they got back to me with an offer, which I wasn’t hesitant to accept! 5 years is quite a long time ago so you’re probably wondering why I’m telling you about this now. Two reasons; it was an experience that gave me a lot of amazing memories that I will never forget (and some of which I will …