Me at St Hilarion Castle, North Cyprus

Phew! Sometimes it felt as though 2016 would never end. With a stream of celebrity deaths and some seismic shocks in both political and geographic landscapes, there’s a danger of remembering last year for all the wrong reasons. Personally I struggled a little last year too, mostly in the latter half of the year, Read More

Lake Bled & Island

A common theme arose every time I mentioned I was heading to Slovenia last summer: ‘Oh, you must visit Lake Bled.’ I’ll admit, the more people trotted out this line, the more wary I was of visiting. Because I’m not a fan of overcrowded tourist spots, regardless of how beautiful they are. Plus, there’s nothing worse, Read More

My summer in Maribor turned out to be fuelled by Slovenian wine! In part one of this post, I looked at Maribor’s place in Slovenia’s wine story. In part two, I’m going to have a closer look at some of the wine producers in Štajerska, starting with Radgonske Gorice, the House of Sparkling Wine.

The world's oldest vine in Maribor, Slovenia

If you follow my Instagram account, you may have noticed the two months I spent in Maribor this summer were fairly, um, boozy! I didn’t plan it that way. I can’t really explain what drew me to Maribor – I knew I wanted to visit Slovenia so I was browsing Airbnb for accommodation. I’d, Read More