olive oil tasting Granada

31 Oct 10 Facts You Need to Know About Olive Oil

Olive oil is a staple of the Mediterranean diet and certainly one of my favourite ingredients to use when making fresh salads or just generally eating a lot of bread. It made sense then, when we were visiting the south of Spain, to attend an olive oil tasting on Mediterranean soil. Spain are in fact the world biggest producers of olive oil with the Andalusian region providing the perfect hot and dry climate to grow hundreds of different olive tree varieties. Taking place in the small town of Niguelas, where their olive mill has been in production since the 15th century, we were in good hands to learn all about the olive oil making process. Here are 10 facts I learned during the tour and tasting that you can put to good use when choosing your next olive oil...
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Amanda Wellsh Porter Magazine

24 Sep How to Master the Elements of Spanish Style

Now that it's spring in the southern hemisphere we finally get to embrace all of the trends that have hit the Spring/Summer runways, both from last year and those still taking place as we speak. And after seeing how the rest of the world wore them during their summer, we can focus on the trends that stood the test of time. Recently I  listed the spring trends that are practical for travel but today I thought I'd focus on one trend in particular, which is inspired completely by a travel destination. Enter Spanish style. Matadors and flamenco dancers are the inspiration behind this season's most romantic and dramatic dressing. Traditional dress is deconstructed down its vibrant, seductive and voluminous elements. Ruffled skirts are rivaled by ruffled tops that sit off the shoulder and soak up the sun. This season you will notice an influx of Spanish style in high-street stores so here's a look at where the trend evolved from and how to wear it in the season ahead...
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Queenstown Restaurants

11 Sep How to See Beautiful Queenstown in Winter

My recent trip to Queenstown was quite a different experience to all of my other travels as a blogger. First of all, our plans were locked in well in advance. Usually I am constantly tweaking my itinerary to fit in as many blogging commitments as possible. Secondly, and definitely the reason it was more set in stone, I was traveling with my very organised bestie for a family holiday. Not wanting to drive them all crazy, I made a conscious decision to really wind back on my blogging activities. My experience in Queenstown was absolutely fantastic and traveling with a group meant that I experienced a broader range of activities than if I was going solo. Because we covered so much in just 5 days I wanted to share all of my tips with you and show off the beauty of this rugged destination... 
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Spring fashion Marks and Spencer

02 Sep Useful Spring Fashion Trends for Travelling

The arrival of a new season not only marks a change in our wardrobe options but also opens up new locations and destinations for travel. In spring, outfit choices are more about soaking up the sun again and being playful with light, floaty fabrics. On the travel front, gardens and beaches open back up for business as destinations prepare for a busy summer influx. As we mark the first week of spring here in Australia I wanted to share with you my favourite pieces for making an easy transition out of winter. Longer hemlines are balanced with bare shoulders and shoes are back to baring ankles. Some spring fashion trends in particular work well for travel, striking a balance between practicality and style. Lets take a look at the pieces that do it best, without breaking the bank...
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lava fields Savaii

29 Aug Visiting the Lava Fields in Samoa

Samoa is a spectacularly lush island destination in the Polynesian region of the Pacific Islands. From its palm-covered hills to its staggering waterfalls and crystal clear water, Samoa encompases everything you'd expect from an exotic and undisturbed paradise. There is both beauty and ferocity in Samoa's natural wonders, something that is most evident in the lava fields of Savai'i. This spectacular site, tucked away on 'big island', is a breathtaking and eerie reminder of the devastation that Mother Nature can inflict on the land. You might recognise these lava fields from my Samoa Travel Guide but this time we take a closer look around the site and learn how you can explore it yourself...
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