Author: travelyoutopia

Alternative guide to Manchester

There’s much more to Manchester than football and the Northern Quarter. This buzzing northern city is famed for its music, nightlife, food scene, architecture, shopping and fascinating history. In the 1800s it was one of the UK’s most important industrial power houses, known globally for its cotton trade. Take a walk around the city and…

By travelyoutopia November 14, 2022 0

3 of the best Christmas markets in Europe

Christmas markets have always held such an allure for me. When I was in Berlin reviewing the 25 Hours Hotel, we visited the Christmas market at Breitscheidplatz, overlooked by the stunning Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. As we sipped gluhwein and ate gingerbread in cosy wooden huts it was hard not to get into the Christmas spirit.…

By travelyoutopia November 8, 2022 0

Top 3 low cost European ski resorts

Autumn is a time when thoughts turn to skiing and searching for the best places to ski in Europe. Every year I go through the same process: look for a snow sure resort that’s close to the airport (or around eight hours from Calais if we’re driving), research the cost of ski passes and cost…

By travelyoutopia November 2, 2022 0

Best places to see the Northern Lights

The lure of witnessing the elusive Aurora Borealis is strong, particularly as winter approaches. I’ve always wanted to travel to Scandinavia for a chance to see them but still haven’t quite made it – one day. But I have found the best places in Europe where you might just glimpse them. Inari, Finland The Northern Lights are…

By travelyoutopia October 16, 2022 0

Review: Gunton Arms, Norfolk

Set in a magical 1,000-acre deer park near Cromer in Norfolk, The Gunton Arms is a very special place. Owned by art dealer Ivor Braka, with interiors by Robert Kime, ex Mark Hix chef Stuart Tattersall heads up the kitchen at this sublime country pub. After years of decline, the park was bought in 1982 and…

By travelyoutopia October 7, 2022 0

Paris Rediscovered

OK, I’m going to say it. I’ve never particularly liked Paris. I’ve always found it a little over rated. But as I wandered the streets in the sunshine last week, going nowhere in particular I discovered a newfound love for the city. I also uncovered parts of Paris I didn’t even know existed, maybe because…

By travelyoutopia July 26, 2022 0

Review: The Rose, Deal

I set off for a solo road trip up the Kent coast, starting in Sandgate, making my way through Folkestone, Deal, Ramsgate, Botany Bay, Broadstairs and Margate.  After a day exploring the delights of the Garden of England, I couldn’t wait to spent the night in Deal, staying at The Rose. This 200 year old…

By travelyoutopia March 17, 2022 0

Postcard from Folkestone

Most people who live in the south of England have probably been to Folkestone. Either to get on a ferry or take the Eurotunnel to France. But how many have ever actually stopped off to explore? And what are the best things to do in Folkestone? There’s been a lot of investment in Folkestone in…

By travelyoutopia March 1, 2022 0

London like a local

Whenever I visit London I usually end up going to the same old places. Drinks in Soho, meet friends in Balham, shop with the kids in the West End, walk along the South Bank, meet a client at Kings Cross. There are so many parts of London I’ve never explored, despite living there for years…

By travelyoutopia January 16, 2022 0

Edinburgh with kids

Before this summer I’d never visited Edinburgh. Shameful, I know. So with foreign travel still too uncertain, August was the perfect time to go. I was all set to go solo but managed to persuade my daughter to come with me on a three day mini break. Thankfully, Scotland’s capital didn’t disappoint. This beautiful city…

By travelyoutopia November 3, 2021 0