24 July 2016

Suitcase. Capri, Italy - Travel Guide

Being the lover of luxury that I am, I figured no visit to Positano would be complete without a trip over to the island of Capri - playground of the filthy rich and infamously famous. What fun!


21 July 2016

Suitcase. Positano, Italy - Travel Guide

Land of the mountain goat.
Not actual mountain goats silly, I mean me, us, the people visiting. If you've been to Positano you'll know what I mean, if not, simply think of a place with as many stairs as you can possibly imagine, now double that.

But boy oh boy, the view is totally worth it...

A bit like the Santorini of Italy, known for its incredible views and iconic architecture, Positano has long been on my travel wishlist. Dreams became a reality when I arrived the other week in what can only be described as a Stairmaster-addict's heaven.

We perched ourselves in a little B&B high atop the town which provided the most incredible outlook. From breakfast to predinner drinks, this little haven was my favourite spot.

Our balcony also happened to sit above the steepest staircase in town, and of an afternoon, listening to the grunting and groaning of the fellow mountain goats became our favourite pastime.

"This has got to be the worse set of stairs EVER."
"Let me see what's round this corner... Oh god there's more."
"This better not be a dead end."

Determined to have a splash in the pebbly beach I headed for the waters of Fornillo Beach, which is definitely the nicer of the two. The trek down will take you past ample bougainvillea, through narrow laneways and below the balconies of smiling locals before you finally hit the water. What with church bells constantly chiming and stray cats whooshing past you, truly everywhere you walk here turns into a bit of an adventure.

From down to up, at the other end of the spectrum you'll find Monterpetuso, a village way up in the hills which is home to some great restaurants. One of which is La Terra. Run by a family and serving up their homegrown fruits and vegetables amongst seafood and other delights, you're certain to have a great night up here. Try one of their risottos, it's served in a snazzy parmesan cup. How cheesy!

And, I know I'm beginning to sound like a broken record, but don't miss the sunset! It's spectacular.

For those citrus fans amongst you, you'll be pleased to hear the limoncello in Positano is renowned as the best in the world. And their pottery creations are pretty swell too. I bought some gorgeous little oil and balsamic jugs that I can't wait to add to my kitchen table.

If you haven't already had the pleasure of visiting Positano, make sure it's on your list. It simply is a place you must see once in your lifetime.

And when that time rolls around, pack some top-class running shoes and get ready to drink limoncello like its water.

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Photos by Krissie.

17 July 2016

Suitcase. Florence, Italy - Travel Guide

Our visit to Florence was a whirlwind of a few days. With so many sights to see, not to mention all the food we simply had to try, it was a busy, busy time. I almost felt like I needed a holiday afterwards. Ha! - says she still making her way around Continental Europe as we speak. Take a read below for all my top tips on what to see and where to eat.


14 July 2016

Eat Me. Ristoro Di Lamole, Tuscany

There's an age-old saying my Dad likes to quote - if you want a good meal, don't eat anywhere that has a view. Usually he's always right but I think I've found the exception to the rule. Ristoro Di Lamole in Tuscany.


10 July 2016

Suitcase. Tuscany, Italy - Travel Guide

Florence was our base last week and I've got plenty to share on the city, but first I simply had to post about the incredible two days we had driving around Tuscany. What magic. It was like we'd stepped into 'Under The Tuscan Sun'. Pull up a chair, pour yourself a glass of wine and have a read below; there's plenty of rolling hills, Chianti vines, Tuscan villas and wheat fields. Bellisimo.

7 July 2016

Suitcase. Cinque Terre, Italy - Travel Guide

Cinque Terre or 'the five lands' provides a little taste of the Riviera this side of the Italian border and was the starting point for my 4-week summer adventure. Each of the five villages has a personality all its own. They boast pastel paint jobs and lie perched on cliffs, looming over the edge of the ocean with some of the best views around.

3 July 2016

Eat Me. Vinoteca, Soho

My Italian adventures are well and truly on a roll but I've got one last London post for you, and it's delicious. When you're going away from a city for a while, it certainly creates a very hectic social schedule. There were so many people to catch up before I left London that I found I was simply out to dinner every night in the 2-week lead-up, which was great for my gastronomical adventures but not so great for my bikini body. But never mind that. Nothing a few sit-ups can't fix right?

30 June 2016

Eat Me. Hakkasan, Mayfair

As you can already see on Instagram my summer travels have begun! I am currently swanning my way through Italy enjoying the sunshine and a few too many bowls of pasta. But rewind a week or so and I had a lovely, yet heart-wrenching, farewell dinner with a few of my besties in London as I won't be seeing them for a little while. Our venue of choice? Hakkasan in Mayfair.