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Viñales: Home of Cuban Cigars

Viñales is the perfect combination of natural beauty and traditional Cuban culture. It is best known for its tobacco farms, languid lifestyle and the distinctive limestone hills of Valle de Viñales.  A place in Western Cuba that, despite being popular with tourists, remains stubbornly raw and authentic. If you’re into cigars, nature, and culture… Viñales is […]

8 Day Tour of Cuba

I decided to book us on to a tour of Cuba to try and get the most out of the short time we had in Cuba.  After a few relaxing days in Varadero, we took a private taxi back to Havana and checked into our first Casa before starting an 8-Day tour. I’ve blogged about […]

Beautiful Lake Como

4×4 Driving in the Atlas Mountains

After a hectic experience in Djemma El Fna and the Medina, we decided to book a tour to see the countryside. A 4×4 drive in the Atlas Mountains.  It was just Ross and I, with a private guide eager to explore the deep Berber country and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the desert, valleys, villages […]

Winter Sun in Marrakech

A peaceful and stylish hideaway in a green corner of Marrakech. For my birthday, Ross booked a 4-night winter getaway to Marrakech.  It’s the first holiday we have booked through Secret Escapes and it has been amazing.  Les Cinq Djellabas in Marrakech gives you the best of two worlds. The first being a stay in […]

Fushimi Inari-Taisha

We had the most amazing experience in a Ryokan last night and after a 30min drive back to the city we stashed our luggage in one of the many lockers in Kyoto Station before heading out to Inari to see the amazing Fushimi Inari-Taisha shine. With seemingly endless arcades of vermilion torii (shrine gates) spread across […]

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