A hotel to remember: Sani Dunes, Halkidiki, Greece

My first visit to Halkidiki, in Greece’s mainland, 3 years or so ago was pretty great – a part of the world I had heard very little about but really liked from the moment I arrived. When Sovereign Luxury Travel challenged me to go back, and explore the brand new Sani Dunes, I obviously said yes because a) I love Greece, b) Sovereign has always picked really great hotel choices in all our trips (10+ by now, but who is counting) and c) Sani and Ikos (where I stayed on my first trip) are part of the same …

PHOTO: Wat Phra That Doi Suthep by Night in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is one of the most important Buddhist temples in Chiang Mai, Thailand. According to legend, a monk from the Sukhothai Kingdom dreamed that he would find a relic of the Buddha in Pang Cha. The monk dug at the site he was shown in his dream and found what was believed to be the shoulder …

Our health update – a family loss, post prostate cancer and resuming IVF

It was a big decision to share last year that we were about to begin our third round of IVF. Nevertheless, it was absolutely the right thing to do – I was overwhelmed by the support and love (and did my best to respond to every single message) and also to learn that so many of my readers had been…

PHOTO: Monkeys, Monkeys, Everywhere!

During a recent visit to Kathmandu, I took my friend, Jane, to Pashupatinath Temple. Considered by Hindus to be one of the holiest sites in Nepal, Pashupainath is the location of the burning ghats where members of the Nepal Royal family were historically cremated and also one of seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley. I didn’t tell her ahead of time, though, that it’s also one of the best places in the city to see…

Magical Kyoto in Spring

Spring is a particularly magical time to visit Japan, one of our favorite destinations. Plum blossoms bring the first blush of spring to Japan in February, followed by the legendary sakura (cherry blossoms), which paint the country pink from the end of March through the beginning of April. Kyoto is wonderful in any season, but there’s nothing like experiencing the ancient capital’s cultural highlights as the weather starts to warm up and the cherry…

Top 5 accessories for iPhone – 2018 edition

Phone accessories come and go – just like your phone. But some last more than others – so I thought I would gather my Top 5 accessories for iPhone. In my case, I currently have an iPhone X (I upgraded from a 7s and couldn’t be happier). Peel Super Thin Cases for Iphone (and other phones too) Costs from £17.99 UK, …

2018 Tour Announcement: Travel With Me To Kamchatka, Russia!

Kamchatka Adventure Travel & Photography Tour Adventure Travel Tours You guys have been asking to travel with me for years, now I’m finally going to make it happen! Join me this spring for my first adventure travel & photography tour to Kamchatka. Have you ever heard of Kamchatka, Russia? Not many people have. It’s cold. It’s isolated. It’s not your typical travel destination. Which is exactly why…

Visit With Klingons Who Are In Stockholm To Promote Tourism To Their Home World

? A delegation from the Klingon Empire has arrived in Stockholm, Sweden, for a cultural exchange in order to promote tourism to Qo’noS, their home planet. The “Visit Qo’noS” event is being held at the Turteatern through March 24th and when I found out, I booked booked plane tickets immediately. You can see part of the show in the video above and if you’re in Stockholm, watch until the end of the video for a small gift. Exchanging Culture With Klingons There was plenty of blood wine, opera, as well as …

PHOTO: Step Pyramid of Djoser is the Oldest Known Pyramid in Egypt

The Step Pyramid of Djoser, located just 19 miles outside of Giza, is the oldest pyramid in Egypt. Though there are a couple of other competitors, it may also be the oldest known cut-stone building complex in the world. Today it is the centerpiece of the necropolis of Saqqara, a large cemetery that served the ancient Egyptian capital city of Memphis for more than 3,000 years. The Great Pyramids of Egypt were also a necropolis, though they were reserved solely for the burial of Pharaohs. In comparison, the… The post PHOTO: Step Pyramid of Djoser is the Oldest Known…

PHOTO: Young Artist in the Village of El Kab, Egypt

When our traditional dahabiya stopped for a visit in the small village of El Kab, Egypt, children flocked to the dock to sell their handmade baskets. This little girl, however, was more interested in drawing on a nearby stone wall with a piece of charcoal. Extracting myself from the fray, I wandered over to see what she was doing. With no…

A perfect day in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

I had been promising myself a visit to Canada’s West coast for about 38 years – I don’t know why (or I may do), but it has always been a place on my ‘list‘. And whilst Vancouver, which I also got to visit and love on this same trip, is top of everyone’s own list, there is another place that has always been on mine: Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. My husband…

5 of the best rain boots for Winter

I have really done my homework on these – because believe it or not, it isn’t so easy to find great rain boots which look great and are of great quality. So here we are – from £60 to £450, perfect for the countryside or the city, here are 5 of the best rain boots for Winter, Mrs. O Style. Burberry House Check Fringed Rubber Boots Cost £220 (but currently on sale in the UK &#…

Cosplay Pictures And Video From Aniventure Comic Con Bulgaria

This past weekend over 10,000 people by my estimates attended Aniventure Comic Con Bulgaria, in the country’s capital city Sofia, including myself. One the best moments for me was meeting The Awkward Yeti cartoonist, Nick Seluk. His personal story of quitting his job and it’s connection to Heart and Brain, Lars, and his other comics was very inspirational. It’s a video I highly recommend you watch, especially if you’re pondering whether or not to …

Vienna – The Definition of Elegance

Vienna is the Audrey Hepburn of capital cities: elegant, sophisticated, beautiful and glamorous. Commonly associated with opera and imperial history, few places compare with its grand museums, art nouveau architecture, open courtyards, cobbled streets and alabaster buildings glimmering with gold. Vienna is incredibly easy on the eye, almost like the whole city was built by one architect overnight (bar the whimsical Hunderwasserhaus building). It has a preserved-like quality, in a way that makes you feel like you’re walking inside an open air museum. Perhaps that’s true when catching sight of the lavish and organic ornamentation …