A Cyprus Holiday With A Difference

Cyprus holidays aren’t just about lazing on a beach. It’s time to explore the island’s unique boutique hotels, quaint villages, epic mountains and delicious food!

When you think about holidays in Cyprus, you probably think of lovely sandy beaches, all-inclusive resorts, slightly dodgy evening entertainment, and of course… glorious sunshine! Well I did anyway. That was until I was invited to explore the island with Cyprus Agrotourism last week. I was surprised to find a whole other side to the island. One full of stunning views, unique hotels, delicious food and some of the most wonderful, hospitable people I’ve come across in a long time.

View of Lofou Village, Cyprus
View of Lofou Village, Cyprus

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A Tour Of Provence, France

Provence in France is peppered with rustic towers, impressive chateaus, rolling countryside and all the fresh produce you could dream of. This may have been a proper holiday for me… but after snapping away, there was no way I could keep these photos to myself!

Pont d'Avignon
Pont d’Avignon

My relationship with Provence started when I was 12 years old. After over a decade of holidays in the UK, my Dad decided it was finally time to head further afield. Not much further afield though! Off we went to Aix-en-Provence in the south of France, and checked into a beautiful villa with a pool. We spent our days exploring the lush countryside, looking forward to our 3pm ice creams and devouring steak frites in the evenings at tiny brasseries. I don’t remember much about the trip, apart from that the food was good… and the views were even better. Oh and the scent of lavender – that was definitely in the air!

So when my boyfriend was asked to be best man at a friend’s wedding in Provence, I couldn’t wait to return! We based ourselves at beautiful converted farmhouse Le Coeurisier (booked via Holiday Lettings) and while there enjoyed breakfast in the garden, country walks and outings to sleepy neighbouring  towns.

Le Coeurisier Hotel, Provence
Le Coeurisier Hotel, Provence
Enjoying breakfast at Le Coeurisier, Provence
Enjoying breakfast at Le Coeurisier, Provence (Photo: BackpackerMacca)

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6 Places I Can’t Wait To Visit In Indonesia & Win A Trip!

Ahead of my travels, it’s time to share a few of the top places to visit in Indonesia. Plus I’ve got your chance to win a holiday for two to Komodo Island in Indonesia!

So this year has been intense! A lot of travel, not a lot of time at home, and plenty of exciting opportunities. From travelling around South America visiting geysers, salt flats and volcanoes, to making a video in Croatia for Lonely Planet, there are waaaay too many highlights to list them all here.

But coming up is a trip I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. I’m FINALLY heading to Asia! I’ll be touring Indonesia with Wonderful Indonesia (the tourist board) and it looks like the itinerary has it all – history, culture, art, beaches, landscapes and what’s more, I get to travel with some of my best friends! So, it’s time to find out a bit more about what I’ll be getting up to over the next month.

Borobudur

We’ll be visiting the world’s largest Buddhist temple Borobudur. It looks incredible! The UNESCO World Heritage Site dates back to the 9th century and is surrounded by majestic mountains,

Yogyakarta

We’ll also be checking out Prambanan – a collection of massive Hindu temples near the city of Yogyakarta. After learning all about the history we’ll enjoy a ballet performance featuring over 200 dancers and musicians in the open-air theatre inside the park! Continue reading 6 Places I Can’t Wait To Visit In Indonesia & Win A Trip!

REVIEW: Hakkasan Dim Sum Sundays, London

Hakkasan’s Dim Sum Sundays menu is a delicious, generous and beautifully boozy way to round off a weekend in London.

As I descended the dark staircase into Hakkasan’s Central London lair, I wondered what would await me. Emerging into an area of blue mood lighting, beautiful flowers and with the scent of jasmine and patchouli in the air, it felt like the entrance to a high-end spa.

Hakkasan, London
Hakkasan, London
The bar at Hakkasan, London
The bar at Hakkasan, London

Soon enough, the buzz became apparent. Divided into several seating areas, the restaurant was sleek, dark and sophisticated. Peeking through mahogany partitions, I could see a DJ playing a soothing chill-out mix while a fashionable crowd enjoyed fruity cocktails and steamers filled with brightly-coloured dim sum. Continue reading REVIEW: Hakkasan Dim Sum Sundays, London

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