By Madra Rua

Barga: Tuscany and the perfect wedding

Romance, serenity, culture and beauty are just some of the essential ingredients for that ultimate wedding - and we found them all when we tied the knot in the Tuscan hilltop town of Barga

To Bayonne and beyond: Aquitaine, France

The Basque capital city of Bayonne offers you a fantastic location with great food, drink, architecture and culture; and probably one of the best parties you are ever likely to experience

Experiencing is believing: County Mayo, Ireland

County Mayo offers amazing vistas, incredible banter, unforgettable tales and humour, tastes that intoxicate and overwhelm, locals that enchant and mesmerise; all this, and we haven’t left the pub yet

Austin, Texas: a boogie wonderland

For an exciting, fun-packed short stay or a stopover think Texas - the Lone Star state, JR Ewing and the Alamo. Now think Austin - the undisputed live music capital of the World. You'll love it!

Walking the Berlin Wall

Germany: Berlin is an all dancing, all singing, vibrant city, sadly with a turbulent history. Taking a few hours out and walking the Berlin Wall is 'living history' and well worth the effort