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.
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!
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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!
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.
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.
I take my birthday very seriously and usually go away to celebrate. So last year we headed to Budapest, for no reason other than we saw a really good deal on Voyage Privé. We arrived late on my birthday eve and after a good night's sleep woke up fresh and ready for what turned out to be the most fun day ever and a perfect birthday! Here's how it went down:
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.
If you've read my recent post Hong Kong: A Foodie's Dream, you'll know that this was a spontaneous trip planned on a night out. Hong Kong had never been on my bucket list and, as a result, I had no idea what to expect. If you're planning a trip to Hong Kong and, like I did, have no idea how to best use your time there, please do read on and pick and choose bits to create your own adventure!
Cluj-Napoca (or Cluj) is situated in the Transylvanian region of Romania, and it has everything you would want from a European city break. I visited in September and weather was gorgeous for the 5 days (a sunny mid twenties) I was there, so this trip consisted of wandering around in the sunshine and drinking plenty of cold wine on sunny cobbled streets. If you're visiting Cluj or looking for inspiration for your next city break, read on for my must-do guide!
I'm not going to claim to be an expert on what to eat and where to eat it in Hong Kong, as I only spent 6 days there which is nowhere near long enough to try even a small fraction of the amazing cuisine. What I can tell you is my food highlights, which will hopefully serve as inspiration if you're thinking of visiting this incredible fusion of East and West.
This year I've decided that I LOVE Eastern Europe. My previous experience of city adventures had been Barcelona, Paris, Rome & Dublin, all of which I adored. Then in January I celebrated my birthday in Budapest and got my first taste of Goulash and great value travel. Since then I've discovered the charm of Gdansk, Krakow and Cluj Napoca which have all been rich in culture, history, beauty and (most importantly!) fun.