Sunshine, beaches and freddoccinos – my week on Zante in Instagram photos

While I was on the Greek island of Zante last week I kept an Instagram photo diary of all the the things I enjoyed with my family. This year, with teenagers in sunbathing mode and hubbie looking to recharge, the focus was on exploring all the glorious beaches on Zakynthos by car and by boat. If you want to hear about the history of Zante, go turtle spotting or taste some local Greek wines  you can find all that too in my articles from past holidays on Zakynthos. We’ve been coming to the island for years, to visit my sister who lives here and runs the two Windmill Hotels with her Greek husband, so each year we try and do something different.


If you hover or click on the Instagram collage below, you’ll find my commentary for each photo, which I also post to my Twitter and Facebook page , so you can follow the trip whichever way you like using hashtag #jet2blogger, as kindly brought us to the island on their flight from Manchester. This year I also experimented with making some short Instagram videos so click through to my Instagram channel if you’d like to see some of these. I hope you enjoy the photo journal and don’t forget to follow my travels on Instagram

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More tales from Zante

 Jetting off to Zante with
Get in your car and drive – the bits of Zakynthos you won’t see from your sunbed!
Three beaches, three days on Zante

Jet2.comThanks to for providing flights for Heather’s trip to Zakynthos, Greece. runs a weekly flight to Zante from Manchester and Leeds Bradford and flights from many other local UK airports to your favourite holiday destinations. You can follow updates on their Facebook page

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Photo diary of my Rhine River Cruise

The Rhine valley seems to hold a romantic fascination, with picturesque castles perched on high rocky points, built in the Middle Ages by princes who gathered enormous wealth by taxing the traffic passing along the Rhine River. On my recent Rhine river cruise with Lüftner Cruises, I kept a photo diary by posting pictures from my iPhone to my Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts.

View of the Mosel from the Castle at Cochem Photo:

View of the Mosel from the Castle at Cochem

Our journey took from Basel in Switzerland, the city of public sculptures and fountains where we embarked the Amadeus Princess, which took us to the city of Strasbourg where we learned how the local people have lived for centuries with the uncertainty of whether they would be citizens of France one week or citizens of Germany the next. We enjoyed our visit to a family run vineyard where we tasted a few different Alsace wines with a view over the vineyards behind the property. Next stop was Speyer where we found the crypt in the cathedral where many of the kings and emperors of Germany are buried and had a look around the famous university town of Heidelberg with the ruined castle on the hill.

At Rüdesheim we were charmed by the organs and music boxes in the Music Museum before the boat sailed down the stretch of the Middle Rhine that is known for the castles and the Loreley rock, where the beautiful siren’s song may distract the unwary sailor. At Koblenz we found that while Brussels has its Manneken Pis, this town has a fountain of a spitting boy that has become its symbol. A detour along the Mosel river took us to Cochem where we visited another of those picturesque castles on the hill and borrowed bikes from the Amadeus Princess for a cycle along the river. Finally our journey ended in Cologne, where we visited the famous cathedral, with a sweet ending at the chocolate museum. While we had to get back to work, the ship continued to Amsterdam with views of the windmills and a cruise on the city canals.

To enjoy my instagram photo diary below, hover over each photo for my commentary. If can’t see the photos, click here to view them on my blog and come on over and follow me on Instagram.

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While I was on our Rhine River Cruise I also posted a daily account of our journey at the Online Travel Journal – Read my 6 part series on Cruising the Rhine.

Lueftner2My thanks to Lüftner Cruises who hosted my Rhine River Cruise – Lüftner Cruises specialise in European river cruises on the Rhine, Danube, Rhône and other destinations in Europe, with personal service and Austrian hospitality. You can also follow them on their Facebook Page. I travelled on the Amadeus Princess on a 7 day Classical Rhine Cruise which travelled from Basel to Amsterdam, although we disembarked at Cologne.

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Just back from Budapest – my photo diary

I’m recovering of a whirlwind long weekend in Budapest – my motto is that if you only have a short time to enjoy a destination, pack in the fun and have a rest when you get back home! A big thanks goes to Avios who took me out to Budapest for a long weekend where I had a family reunion staying in the luxurious Intercontinental Budapest with my parents and two sisters.

View of Budapest from Castle Hill Photo:

View of Budapest from Castle Hill

I kept a photo diary over the weekend on Instagram which you can see below and if you hover over each photo you’ll see my comments as the weekend unfolded. Follow me on Instagram

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I’ll be bringing you more articles about the things we enjoyed very soon, but the highlights were;

  • Flying Club Class on British Airways thanks to Avios, when we really enjoyed our English breakfast on proper china on the way out and mini-bottle of champagne on the way back. My mother and I were properly spoiled by the extra space, leg-room and personal attention.
  • Our walk around the Castle District (and no we didn’t take the funicular but walked all the way up). The view from the Fisherman’s Bastion is well worth the climb, as is the fine selection of cakes and marzipan sweets (don’t get me started on marzipan) at the cosy Ruzwurm Cukrászda where we had coffee near the Matthius Church.
  • The number 2 or 2a tram from right outside the Intercontinental Hotel gives you a budget sightseeing tour right along the river with views of the Danube. In one direction you’ll arrive at the Central Market and Gellert Baths, in the other you will pass the Hungarian Parliament Building and stop at Margaret Island which is a lovely place for a stroll in summer. Buy your tickets for 350 HUF (around £1) each at local convenience stores and don’t forget to validate them in the machines on the tram.
  • A soporific afternoon at the Gellért Spa Baths, where there’s an art nouveau swimming pool but we spent all our time in the decoratively tiled Turkish hot baths on either side, and alternated the steam room with a dip in the freezing plunge pool to keep us awake. Perfect to warm you to the core on cold winter days.
  • The view of the Danube from our room at the Intercontinental Budapest – one of the times when it really is worth paying a little extra for a room with a view, as the landmarks of Budapest unfold before you and the comings and goings on the river provide endless interest – where was that huge barge loaded with cars going?
  • Fantastic Hungarian food at affordable prices – we went cosy and traditional at the Reteshaz Strudel House, Hip and trendy at Menza and over the top rococo with gilt mirrors, chandeliers and tinkling piano at the New York Cafe.

Stay tuned for more stories from our trip with Avios to Budapest…..

The Intercontinental Hotel Budapest Photo:

The Intercontinental Hotel Budapest

Read more tales about Budapest

If it’s Friday it must be …. a weekend in Budapest with Avios
Langos and other street food in Hungary
The Top 10 sights in Budapest with the help of the Eyewitness guide

More about Avios

AviosAvios is an easy way to collect points at the places you shop everyday, at online stores, while grocery shopping, when you buy your fuel and when you spend on your credit card. Then convert the points into a flight, hotel, holiday or just a fun day out with your family. There’s plenty of inspiration on the Avios website to start planning your dream gettaway. Become a member of Avios and you can follow Avios on Twitter @AviosUK or on their AviosUK Facebook page and see some flying lawnmowers on the Avios YouTube channel

Through Avios we booked the luxurious 5 star Intercontinental Hotel Budapest which was perfectly positioned beside the Danube for sightseeing. It’s definitely worth booking a room with a view of the Danube from where you can see all the sights of Budapest before you and the hotel also has a lovely spa with a pool for those morning swims as well as relaxing treatments. The hotel can be booked using your Avios Points and a room similar to ours at the time that we were there in February was around 15,000 Avios points or £150-180 per room/night including breakfast but may be higher in peak season. It’s worth looking out for packages that include breakfast and use of the exclusive Club Lounge. You can follow the Intercontinental Budapest on Twitter @ICBudapest and on their Intercontinental Budapest Facebook Page.

My thanks to Avios and Intercontinental Budapest for hosting me on this trip.

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