Is Plitvice Lakes National Park worth visiting?

What is it? 16 turquoise lakes interconnected by lots of different waterfalls, covering over 70,000 acres. The park received UNESCO world heritage status in 1979 and it is… BEAUTIFUL. Where is it? In Croatia on the coast between Zagreb and Zadar. We drove there for a day trip from Pula, which was a very longContinue reading “Is Plitvice Lakes National Park worth visiting?”

What to do with 24 hours in Dublin

Dublin is a compact city that buzzes with energy and life. Have a stroll, have a pint, have some fun. Breakfast – Slatterys Bar, 129 Capel Street Start the day with the Irish breakfast that was approved by Anthony Bourdain. Slatterys is a very traditional and authentic Dublin pub with a huge mahogany bar withContinue reading “What to do with 24 hours in Dublin”

Trip Review: Bear Watching and Castle Hopping in Romania (Part 3)

Are you thinking about booking the ‘Bear Watching and Castle Hopping in Romania’ tour with Much Better Adventures or Truly Romania, but want further detail from someone who’s done it? Or are you just curious as to what this trip is all about? Love reading about travel? Then this is the post for you asContinue reading “Trip Review: Bear Watching and Castle Hopping in Romania (Part 3)”

The Paper Palace, by Miranda Cowley Heller

Today. August 1, the Back Woods. A mildewed book of poetry lies open on the table. “To a skylark,” soaring into the blue – painful, thrilling – replays in my mind as I stare at the still life of last night’s dinner. “The world should listen then, as I am listening now.” He read itContinue reading “The Paper Palace, by Miranda Cowley Heller”

Trip Review: Bear Watching and Castle Hopping in Romania (Part 2)

Are you thinking about booking the ‘Bear Watching and Castle Hopping in Romania’ tour with Much Better Adventures or Truly Romania, but want further detail from someone who has done it? Or are you just curious as to what this trip is all about? Love reading about travel? Then this is the post for youContinue reading “Trip Review: Bear Watching and Castle Hopping in Romania (Part 2)”

Trip Review: Bear Watching and Castle Hopping in Romania (Part 1)

Are you thinking about booking the ‘Bear Watching and Castle Hopping in Romania’ tour with Much Better Adventures or Truly Romania, but want further detail from someone who’s done it? Or are you just curious as to what this trip is all about? Love reading about travel? Then this is the post for you asContinue reading “Trip Review: Bear Watching and Castle Hopping in Romania (Part 1)”

Wahala, by Nikki May (Book Review)

A story about friendship, food and fate. The smell hit her first. Smoky burned palm oil, fried peppers and musty stockfish. Next came the noise: Fela Kuti blared out of the speakers, struggling to compete with the group of three men at a corner table, talking over each other. And because this was effectively Nigeria,Continue reading “Wahala, by Nikki May (Book Review)”

The Maid, by Nita Prose (Book Review)

Murder, intrigue, cleaning. Every day, when I arrive to work at the Regency Grand, I feel alive again, part of the fabric of things, the splendor and the color. I am part of the design, a bright, unique square, integral to the tapestry. Gran used to say, ‘If you love your job, you’ll never workContinue reading “The Maid, by Nita Prose (Book Review)”

A Net for Small Fishes, by Lucy Jago (book review)

Based on a true story, the book opens with our narrator, Anne Turner, being led to meet with Frances (Frankie) Howard in her chambers, having been called there by Frankie’s mother to dress her to meet the King. We are immediately thrown into Anne’s world. It’s dark and tearful as we wind our way throughContinue reading “A Net for Small Fishes, by Lucy Jago (book review)”

A Keeper, by Graham Norton

This was my second book of the year and also part of #beatthebacklog which I’ve been following on Twitter. To recap, this idea was set up by @Owlbesatreading and aims to encourage us to select from our shelves before buying new books. Sometimes it works…. and sometimes you just need that new release. But AContinue reading “A Keeper, by Graham Norton”