Madrid has it all, but it never forgets to show its visitors a friendly face, no matter the size of their wallets. If you're hungering for a city that actually sees some sunlight every once in a while, or if you're looking for stops on your cross-continental summer rampage, or if you're feeling a a bit priced out of Barcelona, or for any other reason, really, come here and you will find Madrid welcoming you with open arms.
Spain, known as the land of sol, siestas and sangría, is less well known for the diversity of its linguistic heritage. Though most people could probably identify Basque and Catalan as languages spoken in Spain, the Iberian Peninsula is home to a number of minority languages and dialects you've probably never heard of.
A haven for hippies and healers since the 1960s Ibiza is the perfect choice for those looking for a bit of a recharge in their holiday time. The Balearic island is home to hundreds of retreats, from purifying cleanses to spiritual stays, and the five star fitness break is the latest way to harness the magical energy of the White Isle.
Nearly a week has passed since landing back in the UK from Spain. Unfortunately we were delayed for 3 hours, but with other flights being cancelled, we were actually lucky to get home. This week took me to Virgin Atlantic HQ near Gatwick and a Holiday Inn hotel around Birmingham for filming. All for the imminent launch of Accessible Travel Week. More on this in my next post.
Mainstream media were quick to focus on the proposal that women should have a £3000 budget and a choice of birth places and carers. The Times describes this as women being "handed £3000 by the NHS," a scenario which seems as unlikely as its tone seems dismissive of women's abilities to think straight if presented with such quantities of money.