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Zermatt, Switzerland: Top Things To Do For Non-Skiers

Zermatt’s relaxing spas, top restaurants, stunning views and great activities mean there are plenty of great things to do for non-skiers who fancy a winter holiday in Switzerland.  

A few weeks ago, I headed over to Switzerland with Jet2. From Geneva, we travelled up to Zermatt – Europe’s highest ski resort. Not only is it a stunning snowy village, it also sits in the shadow of one of the world’s most photographed mountains – the Matterhorn. Yes this is the famous mountain that inspired both the triangular shape and the logo for Toblerone!

Skiers in front of the Matterhorn, Zermatt, Switzerland
Skiers in front of the Matterhorn, Zermatt, Switzerland

With 200km of pistes, plus a chance to ski from Italy to Switzerland (yes, the border is right there), it’s no wonder Zermatt is one of the most popular ski resorts in Europe.

While the region boasts some of the most scenic skiing around, what should you do if you weren’t born zipping down the slopes? What if you’re more of a bambi on ice than a pro? Is it possible to go on a ski trip and not ski… but still have a great time?

Snowball fight in Zermatt, Switzerland
Snowball fight in Zermatt, Switzerland

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Barcelona’s Top New Restaurants For 2017

Barcelona’s top new restaurants for 2017 include three-Michelin-starred dining, a culinary amusement park and an eatery by one of the world’s most famous footballers.

Recently I wrote about the top food experiences worth travelling the world for. Topping that list was a restaurant called Disfrutar in Barcelona – a place where I believe I’ve eaten two of the best meals of my life! But does it face competition? New restaurants are popping up in the city all the time. With plenty of great new openings for 2017, perhaps it’s time I returned to eat my way around the city!

So whether you’re looking for high-end gourmet creations, a casual bite to eat, or something a little bit quirky, here are Barcelona’s top new restaurants for 2017. Continue reading Barcelona’s Top New Restaurants For 2017

House Sitting: Your First Assignment

Considering house sitting? Find out exactly what to expect from your first assignment.

Recently I revealed I’d started house sitting. I realised that it could really complement my life as a travel blogger. Along with looking after a cute pet, you also get to experience life in different places around the world.

After many months travelling, interspersed with short periods at my family home, I’ve started to REALLY miss my former London life. I used to go for walks along the river, discover cute local pubs and restaurants, and thrived on that all-encompassing London buzz.

Primrose Hill View
Missing London

While Trusted Housesitters has properties available all over the world, I decided for my first assignment I’d like to head back to London. I applied for four house sits in the space of week. They were all looking for someone for a few days in January. Two had over 20 applicants and after playing the waiting game I received generic “thanks but no thanks” messages via my account. Continue reading House Sitting: Your First Assignment

Top 10 Things To Do In London In February 2017

The best events, food, music and things to do in London in February 2017.

This month the capital is turning gintastic, being illuminated, and we’re heading to new heights to perfect our downward facing dogs! Oh and there’s the small matter of Valentine’s Day. Well don’t worry if you haven’t got a partner, there are some great events for singletons too! Here are some of London’s top events this month… (and yes, we really do live in the most unique city in the world!)

Magical Lantern Festival

It was one of my highlights in January, but the Magical Lantern Festival runs for nearly all of February, so if you haven’t been yet, don’t worry! Chiswick House and Gardens are now decorated with hundreds of stunning lights and lanterns. From pandas and dragons, to exotic plants, you’re guaranteed to be impressed by the beautiful handmade lanterns dotted around the grounds. There’s even a giant luminous sculpture of the Houses of Parliament! Part of the Chinese New Year celebrations, the festival is themed around the Silk Road, borrowing ideas from the trade route from Europe to Ancient China. After checking out the lanterns, you can also enjoy the funfair, ice rink and plenty of food and drink!

When: 19th January – 26th February
Where: Chiswick House and Gardens

Yoga In The Walkways At Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge is offering a unique way to wake up with an exclusive sunrise yoga classes in the high-level walkways above the River Thames. Taking place 42 metres up, you’ll have the chance to perfect your downward facing dog with stunning views of the city. If you’re feeling brave you can perform your poses on the glass floor with commuters busily crossing the bridge below.

When: 15th February (usually one or two classes month)
Where: Tower Bridge

Yoga in the Walkways, Tower Bridge
Yoga in the Walkways, Tower Bridge (Photo: courtesy of Tower Bridge)

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