5 Things That Surprised Me in Gran Canaria

5 Things That Surprised Me in Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria
Last month I spent a week in Gran Canaria with my boyfriend and his family. The aim of the game was simply to relax: days around the pool, walks along the beach and a lot of barbecues! I soon realised that Gran Canaria had much more too it than I first thought, and was full of surprises. In honour of that, here are five things that surprised me the most.
Taste Meson: A Shining Example of Gran Canarian Cuisine

Taste Meson: A Shining Example of Gran Canarian Cuisine

Gran Canaria
Thank goodness we walked past Taste Meson on a walk along the seafront in our nearest town! Overlooking the bay in the centre of Arguineguin, Taste Meson is a small plate restaurant designed to showcase local produce. It’s more of a fine dining style of eating than the tapas style that you might expect from a small plate restaurant in this part of the world, but the atmosphere is definitely holiday dining rather than anything fancy.

Hi, I'm Nell. I’m a Leeds based travel blogger creating content to inspire you to make the most of your weekends, limited annual leave and hard-earned cash by writing about part-time, mid-budget travel. Here you'll find posts about city breaks, hiking trips and tales of food and wine.

Eating and Drinking in Trento, Trentino

Eating and Drinking in Trento, Trentino

Trento, Italy
Whether or not you’ve been to Italy, it’s no secret that the food is great. If we were playing a game of word association, I bet food would be the first word that comes to mind if someone were to say “Italy”. Well, last week I visited Trento and my tastebuds can confirm that the rumours are all true!
Cosy Places to Drink in Vilnius

Cosy Places to Drink in Vilnius

Vilnius
I visited Vilnius in January, meaning that it was very, very, very cold. Much to my distaste (I realise sarcasm doesn't really come across in writing), this meant spending a lot of our weekend warming up with a cup of mulled wine or two. Luckily, Vilnius turned out to have loads of places that were cosy, friendly and served fantastic mulled wine.
Where to Eat in Vilnius and Trakai

Where to Eat in Vilnius and Trakai

Vilnius
If you've read my most recent post, you'll already know that I spent my birthday weekend in Vilnius wandering snowy streets, eating constantly and drinking plenty of mulled wine. Having not done much research about Vilnius, I was surprised by how much there was to see and do, but also by the fantastic food scene. We ate a LOT on this trip, mainly because minus 11 is pretty cold so required plenty of stops to warm up! The below might look like a list of every single place I stopped, but honestly these are just the highlights!
A Very Snowy Weekend In Vilnius

A Very Snowy Weekend In Vilnius

Vilnius
One of my favourite things about this trip was that I didn't do much research, so had no idea what to expect. This meant discovering lots of lovely surprises as we wandered around the snowy streets, and allowed us to experience our own version of Vilnius - although I realise that in a small city you're pretty much guaranteed to do the same things you'd have done if you'd read up on it!
A Tapas Trail Through Playa Blanca

A Tapas Trail Through Playa Blanca

Lanzarote
There is one particular activity that Billy and I make sure we never miss out on, and that is what we term the 'tapas trail'. This consists of walking from Billy's parents house in Las Coloradas along the winding sea path to Playa Blanca's Marina Rubicon, and then stopping off at various places in the marina for a plate or two of tapas and, of course, a glass of wine. When it comes to tapas, I am OBSESSED with garlic prawns, so I order these everywhere and use them to judge which restaurants are the best. Here are my favourite spots on the marina tapas trail, to serve as a guide on where to eat if you're ever in Playa Blanca.
The Restaurant You Have To Visit in Budapest

The Restaurant You Have To Visit in Budapest

Budapest
Budapest isn't the kind of place that I would have thought to visit for the restaurant scene, and someone had even told me that the food was the least favourite part of their trip when they visited. But every single meal I had during my long weekend in Budapest was excellent. There was one restaurant in particular that blew me away, so here's me raving about it.
The Perfect Birthday in Budapest

The Perfect Birthday in Budapest

Budapest
I take my birthday very seriously, after all it's the one day that I can make all about me. As mine and Billy's birthdays are very close to each other we usually go away somewhere to celebrate both, although I make it very clear that on my actual birthday that day is mine - the rest of the holiday is for both of us. So last year we headed to Budapest, for no reason other than we saw a really good deal on Voyage Privé. However, it turns out there are loads of things to do in Budapest!
Hong Kong: Things to Do (Part 2)

Hong Kong: Things to Do (Part 2)

Hong Kong
Let's pick up where we left off in part 1 of my Hong Kong itinerary, where I spoke about my first three days exploring Stanley, Central, the Zoological Gardens, Victoria Peak, Lantau, Mong Kok, Tsim Sha Tsui and the night markets. Here's what I got up to on days 4 - 6 to give you even more suggestions of things to do in Hong Kong! 
Hong Kong: An Itinerary (Part 1)

Hong Kong: An Itinerary (Part 1)

Hong Kong
Hong Kong had never really been on my bucket list, rather I spontaneously agreed to a trip there whilst under the influence of one too many gin and tonics. This meant that I didn't know much about Hong Kong and what my my itinerary would be when I got there. I'd be travelling with my close friend Aliss so, once flights were booked, we spent many a Sunday afternoon in the pub discussing what we wanted to see and do during our trip and getting increasingly excited. Our only problem? How on earth would we fit everything in to just six days?!
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