Western Europe

Checking Out the New Wellness Suite at the Thermae Bath Spa

Cross Bath by candlelight

I open the glass doors and pass into a steam-filled. Lavender fills my lungs as harp music plays in the background of the blue and yellow room. My body immediately started to relax as peace flowed through my mind. This is the Roman steam room, the first of five saunas in Thermae Bath Spa’s new Wellness Suite. I originally visited …

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What it’s Like to Attend the Notting Hill Carnival

Woman at Notting Hill Carnival

Surprisingly, I had never heard of the Notting Hill Carnival before Kacie of The Rare Welsh Bit invited me to attend. Not sure why I hadn’t since it’s only the second-largest street carnival in the world. History of the Notting Hill Carnival Since 1966, the Notting Hill Carnival has taken place in and around the Notting Hill district of London, just west …

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Food Review: Eating With the Native Chefs in London

Native Restaurant in Neal's Yard

I was invited to eat at Native with fellow food blogger Kacie of TheRareWelshBit.com. Despite a dozen visits to London, I’d seem to have missed Neal’s Yard every time. If you like hip spots, delicious healthy food and cozy, small restaurants, Native is the perfect option for central London. We stayed at the Travelodge in Covent Gardens, just a couple streets …

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Follow in My Footsteps: The Santa Cruz That Isn’t on Google Maps

Santa Cruz Beaches

Most people think of California or Tenerife when they think of Santa Cruz. If you Google the Santa Cruz in Portugal, you’ll get the town on Madeira Island. Yet there’s another one. Just an hour north of Lisbon is Santa Cruz, an idyllic stretch of sandy beaches, oceanside cafes and boutique hotels. Santa Cruz is also home to the annual …

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