As we pull off the M6 motorway and head out towards the South Lakes, the usual phrase forms in my mind; ‘why don’t we come here more often?’ We usually visit once a year, sometimes more. Yet, I feel I am guilty of neglecting a treasure on my doorstep, whilst I so frequently fly abroad... Continue Reading →


Puerto Mogan in Gran Canaria is the most charming, most relaxing resort that I have been to in the Canary Islands. Of course, I haven’t been everywhere in the Canaries, but I’ve been there a lot. For me, Mogan takes the prize as the most chic place to stay. It’s classy. I should know, I’m... Continue Reading →

Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria

I very rarely book a package holiday but Jet2’s prices for a four-night jaunt to Puerto Rico in Gran Canaria could not be bettered at £520 for B&B, including flights and luggage. Their service at Manchester airport was very good too and we were through security in no time. I took my guitar to do... Continue Reading →

Puglia; Otranto, Lecce, and Ostuni

The Puglia region covers the ‘heel’ of Italy and we flew to Brindisi in the southerly part of that region. Our itinerary had us staying in three places and we headed off to Otranto, the most southerly of those when we (finally) landed. I’ll cover all three places in one blog. A shortage of baggage... Continue Reading →


We flew from Manchester with Ryanair to Charleroi Airport. Much cheaper prices than flying to Brussels proper, but this meant we had to get a coach into the city. Prices are typically £80 - £100 return for the flights. The (delayed) flight only took an hour, but we waited longer than that for our Flibco... Continue Reading →

Tarragona, Spain

We flew to Reus from Liverpool, and it was a mellow, pleasant experience, as usual. With far fewer flights than stressed out, busy Manchester it’s a great option. When looking for holidays nowadays, ‘can we fly from Liverpool’ is a key question that influences our choice. Queues are rare and there are sufficient bars and... Continue Reading →

Bellagio, Lake Como

We flew into Milan from Cyprus, having spent a week in Paphos and made our journey to Lake Como via bus, train and ferry. You know you’re in Italy when there’s a guy on a monocycle in the middle of the road, while the traffic lights are on red, juggling some clubs to earn a... Continue Reading →


From Assos, we took a taxi to Fiskardo for the next week of our holiday. We stayed in Kalokeri Apartments and they were superb; modern, spacious, swimming pool, sunbeds, great views… you get the picture. Check out the video link below for the views of the vistas. It’s only two and a half minutes long.... Continue Reading →


Taking advantage of our Nectar points (Avios air miles) we flew to Kefalonia from Heathrow with British Airways using their ‘Club Europe’ option. For this, you get to use the dedicated lounge with its free food and drink. Sounds good, but you have to order these via an app and that was faulty. First world... Continue Reading →

Fort Arabesque

I first reviewed Fort Arabesque (in Makadi Bay, Red Sea, Hurghada) a couple of years ago. I’d been twice then; I’ve been five times now. It’s challenging Prestatyn as my most visited resort! It used to be our February destination, but it’s now our must go to place for November. The appeal is winter sun... Continue Reading →

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