Essential Sightseeing St Petersburg - Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood

In 2015 we had the pleasure of taking a river cruise from St. Petersburg to Moscow with Gvidon Tours. You can read all about that experience, and my thoughts on cruising in Russia, in the post I wrote on the subject.

As part of our trip, we got to spend a few days in both Moscow and St. Petersburg, both gorgesous cities. I have to say though, that St. Petersburg easily tops my list of favourite cities in Russia – it’s just so pretty!

Essential Sightseeing for your St. Petersburg Trip

Essential Sightseeing St Petersburg - Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood

In 2015 we had the pleasure of taking a river cruise from St. Petersburg to Moscow with Gvidon Tours. You can read all about that experience, and my thoughts on cruising in Russia, in the post I wrote on the subject.

As part of our trip, we got to spend a few days in both Moscow and St. Petersburg, both gorgesous cities. I have to say though, that St. Petersburg easily tops my list of favourite cities in Russia – it’s just so pretty!

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Oppo Smartphone R7 Review

I’ve been using an Oppo phone for almost two years now as my main phone. You might not have heard of Oppo, but they’re making big strides in the smartphone world, currently ranked as the eighth most popular smartphone brand in the world, and shipping 50 million devices in 2015.

Basically, they’re big in the Asian markets, but still making inroads in the rest of the world. What you need to know is that they make great phones at reasonable prices – particularly good if you’re looking for an unlocked, contract free phone.

Oppo R7 Android Smartphone Review

Oppo Smartphone R7 Review

I’ve been using an Oppo phone for almost two years now as my main phone. You might not have heard of Oppo, but they’re making big strides in the smartphone world, currently ranked as the eighth most popular smartphone brand in the world, and shipping 50 million devices in 2015.

Basically, they’re big in the Asian markets, but still making inroads in the rest of the world. What you need to know is that they make great phones at reasonable prices – particularly good if you’re looking for an unlocked, contract free phone.

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Planning the perfct weekend in Charleston South Carolina

To kick off 2016, we decided to escape a wintery Europe and head to the South of the US for comfort food, warm hospitality, sight-seeing, and a road trip.

Our adventure started out in Charleston, South Carolina, where we spent five days doing our best to see as many of the sights as possible, with the kind support of the Charleston tourism board.

This visit showed me that Charleston is the perfect place for a weekend getaway, and so I thought I’d put this post together highlighting some of the many options you have should you visit Charleston for a weekend (or more!).

Visitng Charleston was also a great opportunity to use my Panasonic Lumix UK GX8 camera, which I’ve been loving as my go-to compact, high quality travel camera, and all the photos in this post were captured with this camera.

Ideas for the Perfect Weekend in Charleston

Planning the perfct weekend in Charleston South Carolina

To kick off 2016, we decided to escape a wintery Europe and head to the South of the US for comfort food, warm hospitality, sight-seeing, and a road trip.

Our adventure started out in Charleston, South Carolina, where we spent five days doing our best to see as many of the sights as possible, with the kind support of the Charleston tourism board.

This visit showed me that Charleston is the perfect place for a weekend getaway, and so I thought I’d put this post together highlighting some of the many options you have should you visit Charleston for a weekend (or more!).

Visitng Charleston was also a great opportunity to use my Panasonic Lumix UK GX8 camera, which I’ve been loving as my go-to compact, high quality travel camera, and all the photos in this post were captured with this camera.

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Rome Context walking tour

Despite them being highly recommended by friends, I’d never taken a walking tour with Context Travel. Until, that is, our recent trip to Italy, where as well as having a wedding ceremony in Venice, we also took a number of walking tours with them, in Venice, Rome, and Florence.

Context is a fairly specialist walking tour company. First, their group tours are remarkably small, no more than six people. In fact, on the five tours we took, there were never more than four of us. That’s pretty intimate stuff.

Popes, Power, and Parties: Touring Rome with Context Travel

Rome Context walking tour

Despite them being highly recommended by friends, I’d never taken a walking tour with Context Travel. Until, that is, our recent trip to Italy, where as well as having a wedding ceremony in Venice, we also took a number of walking tours with them, in Venice, Rome, and Florence.

Context is a fairly specialist walking tour company. First, their group tours are remarkably small, no more than six people. In fact, on the five tours we took, there were never more than four of us. That’s pretty intimate stuff.

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Sunrise castell d angelo rome

Rome. The Eternal City. A place so stuffed with history that they’ve had to layer it, like a cake, sandwiched atop itself. Everywhere you look, history piles upon history, from thousands of years ago to the present day, all jostling for space in the city, and time on your itinerary. It’s one of my favourite cities in Europe, and definitely one to add to your to-do list if you’re visiting Italy!

The problem is, if you only have a couple of days to spend here, say a weekend, you might be a little perplexed as to where to start, and how to get the most out of your visit, particularly if it’s your first time.

In today’s post I’m going to suggest one way to get the most out of your time, see the essentials, learn the history, and even get to grips with pasta making while you’re there!

How to Spend Two Days In Rome: The Highlights

Sunrise castell d angelo rome

Rome. The Eternal City. A place so stuffed with history that they’ve had to layer it, like a cake, sandwiched atop itself. Everywhere you look, history piles upon history, from thousands of years ago to the present day, all jostling for space in the city, and time on your itinerary. It’s one of my favourite cities in Europe, and definitely one to add to your to-do list if you’re visiting Italy!

The problem is, if you only have a couple of days to spend here, say a weekend, you might be a little perplexed as to where to start, and how to get the most out of your visit, particularly if it’s your first time.

In today’s post I’m going to suggest one way to get the most out of your time, see the essentials, learn the history, and even get to grips with pasta making while you’re there!

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Colourful houses of Girona

We spent almost a month in Costa Brava recently, exploring all there was to offer in the last of the summer months of 2015.

This was my third visit to this region, but we still found loads to do, from discovering Dali, through to exploring medieval villages, hiking up to castles and wandering on the beaches.

Not to mention eating tremendous piles of excellent food.

As part of our trip, we investigated some ways to get active in Costa Brava, partly to work off those piles of food, but also because you might not realise that there’s a lot more to the Costa Brava region than just beaches. In no particular order, here are some wonderful ways to get active in Costa Brava!

Seven Adventure Activities for your Holiday in Costa Brava

Colourful houses of Girona

We spent almost a month in Costa Brava recently, exploring all there was to offer in the last of the summer months of 2015.

This was my third visit to this region, but we still found loads to do, from discovering Dali, through to exploring medieval villages, hiking up to castles and wandering on the beaches.

Not to mention eating tremendous piles of excellent food.

As part of our trip, we investigated some ways to get active in Costa Brava, partly to work off those piles of food, but also because you might not realise that there’s a lot more to the Costa Brava region than just beaches. In no particular order, here are some wonderful ways to get active in Costa Brava!

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Route 66 California desert road

Route 66 is without doubt one of the world’s most legendary roads, and a road trip along it is something I’ve always dreamed of doing.

In mid-2015, Jess and I had the chance to tour the US in a bright green Jucy Champ RV, thanks to the nice people at Jucy. There are a lot of places to drive in the US, but we decided that driving the entire 2,400 mile length of Route 66, from Santa Monica in California, up to Chicago, Illinois, was going to be the definitive road trip for us.

With a side trip to the Grand Canyon, of course.

Crossing eight states and much of the country, our two week adventure along Route 66 was an absolute blast. You can find out more about how we went about planning the definitive Route 66 Trip in this epic post by Jess. In this post, I’m kicking off an eight part series of photos from Route 66, which I’ll be dividing by State, to give you an idea of what you’ll see along the way, including some of my favourite photos from the trip. Stay tuned for more as we go through all the States!

Highlights of Route 66 California - In Photos

Route 66 California desert road

Route 66 is without doubt one of the world’s most legendary roads, and a road trip along it is something I’ve always dreamed of doing.

In mid-2015, Jess and I had the chance to tour the US in a bright green Jucy Champ RV, thanks to the nice people at Jucy. There are a lot of places to drive in the US, but we decided that driving the entire 2,400 mile length of Route 66, from Santa Monica in California, up to Chicago, Illinois, was going to be the definitive road trip for us.

With a side trip to the Grand Canyon, of course.

Crossing eight states and much of the country, our two week adventure along Route 66 was an absolute blast. You can find out more about how we went about planning the definitive Route 66 Trip in this epic post by Jess. In this post, I’m kicking off an eight part series of photos from Route 66, which I’ll be dividing by State, to give you an idea of what you’ll see along the way, including some of my favourite photos from the trip. Stay tuned for more as we go through all the States!

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Don Pancho boat Roses sunset

Over the last few months I’ve been using Panasonic’s latest mirrorless camera – the Panasonic Lumix GX8`. Featuring 4KPhoto mode, a 20.3 megapixel sensor, classic looks and excellent performance, I’ve been absolutely loving it.

It’s travelled with me round Morocco, as well as in detail through Marrakech. We’ve even been ballooning together in Costa Brava. It’s a truly fantastic bit of kit, and a very worth addition to my travel photography gear.

Win a Panasonic Lumix GX8 worth £1000! (closed)

Don Pancho boat Roses sunset

Over the last few months I’ve been using Panasonic’s latest mirrorless camera – the Panasonic Lumix GX8`. Featuring 4KPhoto mode, a 20.3 megapixel sensor, classic looks and excellent performance, I’ve been absolutely loving it.

It’s travelled with me round Morocco, as well as in detail through Marrakech. We’ve even been ballooning together in Costa Brava. It’s a truly fantastic bit of kit, and a very worth addition to my travel photography gear.

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moulin rouge long exposure

There are some activities in Paris that are just so quintessentialy Parisian that you can’t imagine doing them anywhere else. Wandering the left bank of the Seine. Pretending you’re going to go back in time and visit the writers of the Lost Generation. Gazing mesemerised at the Eiffel Tower. Spending hours agonising over who makes the best Macarons. Taking pictures of everything your eye catches.

Experiencing the Moulin Rouge in Paris with Tinggly

moulin rouge long exposure

There are some activities in Paris that are just so quintessentialy Parisian that you can’t imagine doing them anywhere else. Wandering the left bank of the Seine. Pretending you’re going to go back in time and visit the writers of the Lost Generation. Gazing mesemerised at the Eiffel Tower. Spending hours agonising over who makes the best Macarons. Taking pictures of everything your eye catches.

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Vanguard VEO tripod review - long exposure beach shot Costa Brava


For the last six months I’ve been travelling the world with a set of Vanguard’s VEO gear – a collection of bags and tripods specifically aimed at travellers. That means they’re light, sturdy, and designed for the rigours of travel.

Six months of travel across three continents and nine countries seemed like a decent amount of time to test the gear out and form an opinion. So you know, I’ve been shooting with a Canon 6D and various lenses, including the spectacularly weighty Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS II. I’ve also used lighter mirrorless gear, including the Panasonic Lumix GX8.

Reviewing the Vanguard VEO Tripod

Vanguard VEO tripod review - long exposure beach shot Costa Brava


For the last six months I’ve been travelling the world with a set of Vanguard’s VEO gear – a collection of bags and tripods specifically aimed at travellers. That means they’re light, sturdy, and designed for the rigours of travel.

Six months of travel across three continents and nine countries seemed like a decent amount of time to test the gear out and form an opinion. So you know, I’ve been shooting with a Canon 6D and various lenses, including the spectacularly weighty Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS II. I’ve also used lighter mirrorless gear, including the Panasonic Lumix GX8.

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