Beautiful Bermuda (1)It was touch and go if we were going to make it to Bermuda as for two days it was very rough weather. But we did make it in the end for, four hours.

I went from a cruise ship to a cruise around the Bermudan Islands! It was so nice to finally be in the sunshine and see the turquoise water.

After six and half days sailing across the Atlantic Ocean and the last few days being very rough it was very pleasant to see the calm after the storm.

Hamilton in Bermuda is a beautiful place, it is very green and all the houses are pastel colours with white roofs. It was fun to cruise around the Bermudan Islands to see how the other half live in their million or billion dollar houses.

This time I didn’t have time to explore the island as we were only docked for four hours. So, I made the most of my time going on this coastal cruise and I had so much fun.

Dreaming which house, I would live in! I would love to live in one of the pastel pink homes with the manicured gardens with a dock for my boat! It’s nice to dream!

There are many islands as you sail the along coast, some have one or a few houses on them. While some are so tiny so there are just plants or trees growing on them. Some of these tiny islands had a cove beach and people would sail over to them to have a picnic.

We saw the homes of Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones, the ‘The Wizard of Oz’ illustrator William Denslow, the man who invented the floppy disk and many more homes of the rich.

The tour lasted around two hours and they had rum cocktails! Rum always makes it fun!

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The 35th America’s Cup is being hosted by Hamilton this year and we saw some of the sailboats wiz by!

When we got off the boat I had a quick walk along Front Street, it was after 5pm on a Saturday afternoon so most of the shops were closed. There were some British shops like Marks & Spencer and The Body Shop.

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Bermuda is a British colony and the oldest colony and was founded in 1790. It was nice being in a British territory with all the Union Jack flags and the Anglican cathedral, I felt very much at home!

The day I was there at the end of April it was windy and around 22*C.

Essential Info:

    • Weather: 20*C – 30*C
    • Currency: Bermudan Dollar

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It's All About the Blue at Chefchaouen in Morocco - Lucy Williams Global

We sailed into Ceuta, Spanish Morocco and drove to Chefchaouen. It is in the Moroccan Rif Mountains and it takes just under three hours to reach.

In the Medina of Chefchaouen in Morocco, it is all about the blue. Everything is painted blue!

Walking through the narrow streets all you see is blue walls, blue doors, blue window frames, blue plant pots, blue stairs and blue paths in all different shades of blue.

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Why is everything blue?

Why is it all blue? There are several theories:

  • The blue keeps the mosquitos away
  • The blue symbolises the sky and heaven and acts as a reminder to lead a spiritual life
  • The blue was brought in by the Jewish when they took refuge from Hitler in the 1930s

The blue looks beautiful and is so different from any other place. Walking through the town there are shops selling herbs and spices, coloured powders, oils, blankets, knitted hats, camel-hair rugs, paintings, ceramic pots and souvenirs.

Medina of Chefchaouen

There are many hotels and restaurants in the Medina (old town) of Chefchaouen or as the locals call it ‘Chaouen’.

We ate in a local restaurant and had a chickpea soup, pita bread, salad, lamb and vegetable stew, followed by little cookies and mint tea.

The city was founded in 1471 and still in the centre of the Medina is an old fortress from that time. Today surrounding the fortress is a market square with local people selling their wares.

We were there in the middle of April and the season had started so there were quite a few tourists already. In the summer months Chefchaouen is a busy tourist destination, so keep that in mind when booking your trip.

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Essential Info:

  • Weather: Winter: 14*C – 18*C/Summer 20*C – 30*C
  • Top Tip: Wear layers and keep your wallet close to you.
  • Currency: Euro, but they also take US Dollars

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It's All About the Blue at Chefchaouen in Morocco - Lucy Williams Global

Three Places You Must Visit in Malta (1)

Malta is an amazing place as it has many influences from different cultures. It has been invaded by many countries because of its location in the Mediterranean. It is in the middle of the European and Africa trade routes. Malta has been rules by Arabs, Normans, Germans, French, Spanish and the British.

We docked in Valletta and it is very easy to walk into the city. I went to visit the Tarxien Temples, the city of Mdina and St. John’s Cathedral in Valletta. You must see these three places if you only have one day in Malta.

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The day started with visiting the Tarxien Temples that date back to 3600 BC. They were hidden under farm land for many years.

As you can imagine it is not a perfect building now, how it really stood in 3600 BC, but it is astounding that parts of it is still are!

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The Temples were built using limestone bricks and there are spiral patterns on some of the limestone slabs that have been carved using tools made from bones. There is part of a statue that remains of a skirted human with fat legs and feet.

It is believed the temple had a roof and the rooms to of have had stone pedestals, pottery, figurines, colourful textiles and maybe wood objects that’s did not stand time. The temple did have a cemetery.

It was fascinating to walk around a building so old from a time we cannot imagine. It has been well-preserved and now it is being preserved by covering it with a large fabric roof to protect it from the elements.

 

Mdina

Mdina was once the capital of Malta (Valletta became the capital city in 1571) and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the main tourist attractions of Malta. Mdina is a walled city with narrow streets and a breath-taking cathedral.

When you enter Mdina it is like stepping back into medieval time with the large city gate entrance and the narrow streets and the way the buildings are built.

Mdina dates back to the 8th century and was known as Maleth, then in the 11th century it became known as Mdina.

I loved walking down the narrow streets and taking photos of all the different types of doors, they were all different styles, shapes and colours. You pass churches, houses, restaurants, shops, small squares and the only cars there are for residents.

When you walk to the other side of the walled city you see a stunning view of the green countryside.

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We walked into St. Paul’s Cathedral and it is a beautiful sight, the ceilings are painted with scenes from the bible and there is a large dome with a small window so the light shines down. The whole cathedral is built beautifully with marble and other beautiful stones and has a lot of gold trimmings.

It is a magical city and you may have seen Mdina in the first season of Game of Thrones as it was the set for Kings Landing!

St. John’s Co-Cathedral

St. John’s Co-Cathedral (formerly the Conventual Church of the Knights of Malta) is in Valletta and was another beautiful cathedral with painted ceilings and marble. It is the home to 400 tombs of knights.

I suggest to go to St. John’s Co-Cathedral early in the morning as when we were there at 3pm it was very busy!

Inside St. John’s Co-Cathedral in the Oratory is the painting ‘The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist’ this is the only signed work and the largest painting by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. The painting is huge and covers the whole wall. Also, the painting Saint Jerome Writing by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio is there too just a lot smaller!

You cannot take photos inside this area and you cannot wear high heel shoes while inside the cathedral (even if you are getting married there!).

We were in Malta in April and is was already quite busy in the summer months Valletta is very busy between the cruise ships and land vacations.

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Essential Info

  • Weather: Winter 13*C -18*C/Summer 16*C – 28*C
  • Wear comfortable shoes for touring
  • Wear layers as the weather changes in different areas depending on how high up you are.

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A Nature Day in Croatia_s Krka National Park (1)

In Sibenik, Croatia we had a nature day at Krka National Park. It was nice to get back to nature after all the days visiting cities. It was very tranquil with the water and the greenery and the fresh air.

The view was spectacular driving into the park looking into the mountains and down onto the lake and the road was narrow and bendy so it was an interesting drive!

The park is full of waterfalls, seventeen to be exact. You can spend all day walking on the trails or you can go by water as there are three boat routes that can take you around the park.

We walked an easy trail around the park that took around 3 hours (including a stop for lunch). The trail was easy to walk on as it was mainly wooden paths/earth and some steps.

It was a beautiful trail as we were surrounded by water and small waterfalls. There were lots of trees and plants with butterflies flying around. The air was so fresh, I really enjoyed that after being in so much pollution recently.

We were visiting at the beginning of the season in April. The weather was nice, not to cold and sunny around 18*C. The park was not that busy, but I’m sure it is in the summers months, as it is such a lovely place to walk around and you can also swim in part of the lake.

There are a few buildings and a watermill scattered around the park, built-in stone with terracotta tile roofs that blend in with the scenery.

The feature is the Skradinski Buk waterfall that was amazing to see. The waterfall opens to the lake and when we were there were swans swimming at the end of the waterfall.

We ate in a lovely restaurant outside and had traditional Croatian food. There are also food stands for fast food.

There is so much more to see at the Krka National Park that we did not see as we were there for just 3 hours. There is Visovac Island to see the Franciscan Monastery of Our Lady of Mercy and the Church of Our Lady of Visovac. Roski Slap waterfall, Krka Monastery, Manojlovac Slap waterfall and the Archaeological site of Burnum.

The park is close to Sibenik around twenty minutes away and then the drive into the park that is around ten minutes.

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A Wonderful Wine Day at Villa Sandi

One of my favourite things in life is wine and Villa Sandi is a wine lovers dream. Located in Valdobbiadene near Treviso, an hour away from Venice in North-East Italy.

This is the region that has the best production of prosecco. This is because of the fertile soil and the climate. I agree the prosecco tasted fantastic!

The Villa Sandi estate is set on 106.8 hectares and the villa dates back, to 1622. The whole estate is beautifully manicured and very green between the vineyards and trees. Villa Sandi is owned by the Moretti Polegato family.

We started our tour in the cellars which are made up of lots of tunnels that are under the villa and grounds. First, we saw the lots barrels of wine. Then that lead on to the thousands of bottles of sparkling wine, white wine and red wine. With little chalk boards with the name and date of the wine.

It was exciting seeing so many bottles and walking through the tunnels that dated back to the first world war. The arch ways to the tunnels were quite low down (I was fine as I’m only 5.2”!).

Villa Sandi mainly produce prosecco as the climate is perfect here to produce the standard of grape for top quality D.O.C.G. wines. These vineyards are on the La Rivetta estate and the Valdobbiadene estate.

They also produce white wine (Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio) and red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot). These vineyards are on the Crocetta Del Montello estate, Nervesa Della Battaglia estate and the Spilimbergo estate within the Villa Sandi Estate.

After our tour of the Villa and wine cellars we headed to their boutique hotel to have lunch and sample the wine.

The hotel is called ‘Locanda Sandi’ and is a building build with stone and has wooden shutters. It looks like a typical house in the wine regions of Italy. The restaurant was lovely, designed like a simple farmhouse.

The tables had herbs on the table instead of flowers, such a nice touch. The table was set with beautiful floral plates and lots of wine glasses, ready to taste their selection wine!

We started with a Valdobbiadene Prosecco that was paired with a delicious starter of prosciutto crudo and fried zucchini and cheese. Then we had a white wine (Pinot Grigio) that was paired with orange and asparagus risotto.

Then it was on to the red wine (Merlot) with beef and vegetables. Desert was a treat as it was tiramisu and then some more prosecco!

After the meal, it was espresso time then after dinner drinks of a selection of grappa or prune liqueur. I was little tipsy by the time I left!

There is a wine shop opposite the hotel so of course I made a quick stop to buy some souvenirs!!

I have been to Venice many times before, but the sail into Venice is one of the most stunning ports to sail into and to sail away from. Between the buildings, tiny bridges and boats. Soon I will write a post on what to see in Venice as that is a whole blog in its self!

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