Hi everyone! I’m finally back in Los Angeles after traveling in Europe for over five weeks, and I must tell you that could never have imagined that my trip would be as phenomenal as it was.*
I managed to book all my flights about a month before I left, which meant there was truly no time to do any real planning or research for the cities I visited (granted, I did visit a lot of family), but sometimes I almost pinched myself when I realized where I was and what I was doing, just to make sure it was really happening! I was extremely fortunate with the weather, and even when the forecast in Scotland had predicted rain every day that I was going to be there, I managed to end up experiencing some of the best weather they’d had during the entire summer. Just take a look at this shot of the river behind The Pollok House in Glasgow!
I will be posting about the sites I visited and including recipes which I will then link to, on this post. At the end, every place I visited (and the recipes which were inspired or gleaned from my trip) will all be listed here, all in one post.
- WARE, UK- Afternoon Tea at Hanbury Manor
- LONDON, UK- The Bull & Hide Pub, Hotel and Restaurant
- BRUGES, BELGIUM- A Super Lekker, Authentic Recipe for Belgian Waffles and a Day Trip to Bruges!
- GENEVA, SWITZERLAND (part 1)- Stunning Geneva, and her Delicious Offerings
- GENEVA, SWITZERLAND (part 2)- Cottage Café and a Photographic Tour of Geneva
- GENEVA, SWITZERLAND (part 3)- Old Town Geneva, Carouge and Cheese and Bacon Crostini
- BORDEAUX, FRANCE- The Day Two Ex-Pat Scottish Girls Met and Discovered Bordeaux, France
- MONTPELLIER DE MÉDILLAN, FRANCE- Cooking Class with Karen Burns Booth and Jill Colonna
- PARIS, FRANCE- 6 Things Not to Miss in and Near the Montparnasse Area of Central Paris
- TERRACINA & SPERLONGA, ITALY- Paccheri with Seafood Sauce & a Drive from Rome to Sperlonga
- CASSINO, ITALY- Lazio Towns and Markets and Authentic Peasant-style cooking from Il Contadino
- FRASCATI and LAGO ALBANO, ITALY- Festa di Santa Lucia & How Not to Drive to Ciampino Airport
- ROME, ITALY- Hotel Columbia, Rome and How to Find Authentic Italian Cuisine in Touristy Italy
- BATTLE, HASTINGS and BEXHILL, ENGLAND- Chicken, Brie and Cranberry Pie and Battle and Bexhill
- AYLESBURY, WOODSTOCK and KNUTSFORD, ENGLAND- Waddesdon Manor, Blenheim Palace and Tatton Hall
- GLASGOW and HELENSBURGH, SCOTLAND- The Pollok House and Craigard Tearoom
- AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND- Afternoon Tea at Gleneagles Hotel
*Nota bene: in the interest of full disclosure, I’d like to explain that all of my positive posts, reviews and writing are not fully inclusive of the places I visit; whenever I have a bad experience, don’t like the food or service I’ve been given, or simply don’t like the hotel, restaurant or town, please rest assured that I will not be writing about them as I don’t want my site to be a place of negativity. I can also assure you that I have omitted places that have not been up to my standards.
Everything you read on my site is based on my own opinion, and that is all.
On occasion, I will make suggestions on what to avoid, or share information about something that may help you, as travelers, and in those cases I feel it is helpful and not negative. So if you think that everywhere I go is fabulous, that is simply not true; I only share quality establishments that I deem worthy of sharing with you on my site and would return to myself. I also make it clear if my meal, attraction ticket or hotel stay was complimentary or hosted (if there is no disclosure, I paid for it myself) and the same rules apply in both situations: just because something was given to me does not mandate a positive review. If you follow me regularly, I hope you have come to trust me and know that I am conscientious and honest and that my principles always come first. I truly appreciate you following along!
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