A traditional Turkish hammam

A Turkish treat for two – a traditional hammam

April 23rd, 2010 in European travel by Sarah Lee 3

Yesterday we wrote about our experiences of a Turkish hammam in a five-star hotel in Antalya. As wonderful as it was we all know that five-star hotels are not the most likely place for an authentic experience. So we decided to try a traditional hammam in Antalya’s old town for size.

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Lonely Planet apps offer shows we love guides

April 23rd, 2010 in European travel by Sarah Lee 0

In this time of travel need many companies have tried to help people stranded by the ash cloud from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano. And Lonely Planet is no exception. The travel guide publisher gave away copies of 13 of their iPhone/iPod European city guide apps free this week.

Turkish hammams are like temples to relaxation | istockphoto

A Turkish treat for two – a luxury hammam indulgence

April 22nd, 2010 in European travel by Terry Lee 1

I wouldn’t exactly call myself a metrosexual man, but I’ve grown to enjoy a certain amount of pampering. I’d never had a Turkish bath and had certainly never been massaged with honey so wasn’t sure what to expect – except perhaps to get sticky!

The house featured in The Sound of Music, Salzburg

The sound of Salzburg

April 13th, 2010 in European travel by Sarah Lee 0

I was not a dedicated fan of the film but I had to try The Sound of Music tour, in Salzburg. According to our guide Jurgen, the film wasn’t popular in Austria: “We don’t know it that well and just don’t see why there’s so much fuss,” he said. Some might agree, but The Sound of Music tour is the most popular in Salzburg.

Las Galletas harbour is battered by waves

Photoblog: Weathering the storm in Tenerife

February 17th, 2010 in European travel by Sarah Lee 2

It’s been a strange start to the year across much of the western world with freak weather conditions resulting in the coldest winter in years in the US and parts of Europe. The Canary Islands have experienced wild storms. Be it El Niño or just extreme winter weather, Canary Islanders have rightly been in a tailspin.


Tasty Tenerife – a new foodie heaven?

February 10th, 2010 in European travel by Sarah Lee 10

A few years ago I went to Los Gigantes in Tenerife and if I’m honest I wasn’t that enamoured with it. It lacked a certain “Canarianess”. I know Tenerife is in the main a mass-market destination but one thing that bothered me was that I was on a Spanish island and there was hardly a hint of Spanish food about.

Feel like a banana?

101 ways with bananas

January 27th, 2010 in European travel by Sarah Lee 1

Ok get your minds out of the gutter straight away – this is a travel blog! This week the greatest number of British travel journalists ever in one place has amassed in the Canary Island of Tenerife. This is the first time I’ve attended the annual meeting of the British Guild of Travel Writers (BGTW) […]