Here’s your chance to catch up with some of the other articles of mine that have been published recently around the web.
Over at Europe a la Carte I’m posting regularly on a Thursday and have covered a few different themes recently;
If, like me, you enjoy colourful surroundings, then you’ll want to read my post on Great street art around Europe. I wrote about the street-art I’ve seen, not only in my home town of Bristol but also in Valencia and Orgosolo in Sardinia. When I visit Berlin this spring I’m planning to take a look at the East Side Gallery, where part of the old Berlin Wall has been turned into an outdoor street gallery to celebrate the re-unification and re-generation of Berlin.
Bandits and Murals in Orgosolo in Sardinia
Old town Valencia and street-art
Graffiti tourism in Bristol
Inspired by a pre-Christmas weekend in London to do some shopping and take in a show, I suggested you Visit Covent Garden in London. It’s an old fruit and vegetable market, now turned into a shopping centre for individual shops, market stalls and street-theatre. The place is teeming with bars and restaurants for that pre-theatre meal and you should also visit the Actor’s church and maybe a spot of pampering at the Sanctuary spa.
A free day out in Greenwich in London
An artistic lunch at the V & A
They’re changing the guard at Buckingham Palace
Dreaming of sunnier days, I wrote about Cycling in the Turia Gardens of Valencia when I visited the city with my family in 2008 for some spring sunshine. The Turia Gardens were once the bed of the river that ran through the centre of Valencia which was diverted due to flooding. It’s now a string of parks, sports grounds and other leisure facilities and we enjoyed hiring bikes and cycling as far as the port and beach where we dozed in the sun for a couple of hours.
A cycle in the Turia Gardens in Valencia
The city of Arts and Sciences in Valencia
A picnic from the Mercado Central in Valencia
Still on theme of sunshine I enjoyed a Mama Mia fantasy on the Greek Island of Skopelos, inspired by the film Mama Mia recently released on DVD. The island of Skopelos was chose by the location scouts for it’s unspoilt beauty, but all was not as it seems, as Donna’s hotel, where much of the action took place was in fact all part of a film set (or I’d be checking in immediately). It all reminded my of my trips to visit my sister on the Greek Island of Zakynthos, although her wedding to her Greek husband was somewhat less fraught with drama.
A hunter’s view on Zakynthos
How to find a real Greek taverna on Zakynthos
My top three beaches on Zakynthos
I read that Bristol is one of the top cities to visit in 2009 according to guidebook publisher Dorling Kindersley and it was the only UK city they named. Well, as I’ve lived in Bristol for 15 years, I already knew that it’s a great place to live and to visit, and I gave you some of the reasons you should consider coming in 2009. Well there’s the thriving harbour area, many parks, free museums, fantastic shopping, beautiful architecture, historic past and… (need I go on?) Fellow bloggers can always find some tips and maybe even a bed for the night at Heatheronhertravels-central so do let me know when you’re coming.
To Bristol cathedral for a contemplative lunch
An introduction to Bristol
A visit from Nomadic Matt
With low cost travel being on the agenda this year, why not travel on a budget with Hospitality Club, the website that brings together likeminded people as travel hosts and travel guests. If you’re wondering how you might enjoy more travel destinations at lower cost, you might like to hear about my experiences of being both a host and a guest through Hospitality Club.
A visitor from Riga
Meet the locals in Valencia
Places to visit in Turkey recommended by Sedef
Finally, hot off the press, check out my Guest Post over at Ciao Bambino, published today. Ciao Bambino specialise in family friendly accommodation, but their site also features travel tips and destination guides as well as reviews of hotels and other accomodation that are ideal for family holidays. If you’re visiting London with the family, check out my post on Free, family-friendly museums in London in which I reviewed the Big Three museums in South Kensington; the Science Museum, Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. They each make a great half day out with the kids, combined with another activity such as some playtime in nearby Hyde Park. You can see all my photos of the museums on Flickr below;
See my photos of the Science Museum on Flickr
See my photos of the Natural History Museum on Flickr
See my photos of the Victoria and Albert Museum on Flickr