This wesbite/blog [blogsite?] is about sharing some of my favourite things : travel, music and food [and drink], so it’s not just about travel. It’s a mix of my written experiences backed up with loads of photos. I do update my blog pages when I feel I have something interesting to say.

I usually travel with my wife, Leashia, and sometimes with our children. We tend to have a limited budget and are happy with simple, clean, friendly accommodation but there is of course a huge range of accommodation to suit all budgets on Tripadvisor. Whenever we have a good or interesting experience, if it’s still relevant, I will share it with you.

The Peloponnese, Greece

We fell in love with The Peloponnese on mainland Greece when we had our honeymoon there in 2013. We now return every year exploring new places every time we go. So there is now a large and ever expanding section on the Peloponnese which I hope you will enjoy.

City Breaks

The City Breaks section is also growing every year so keep an eye out for updates. The focus so far has been on Nordic countries, Scandinavia The Baltics and Eastern Europe. The largest section is on Reykjavik, and is expanding as I keep returning!

Budapest ———————————————Copenhagen [inc: The Louisiana Museum]

Helsinki ———————————————Kiev [inc: Chernobyl]

Krakow [inc: Auschwitz and the Salt Mine] ———Naples [inc: Herculaneum and Pompeii] 

Norway [Tromso and Bergen] [inc: Hurtigruten Coastal Voyage and Norway in a Nutshell]

Reykjavik [inc: The Golden Circle and more] ——–Riga

Sofia [inc: Rila Monastery] —————————Tallinn


There is so much great music coming from the Nordic countries. I have created pages with info and playlists covering my favritist music from Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark. I have also created a page where I choose my Favrit Colour Vinyl Record of the Month. Finally I haver compiled a rather extensive archive of [nearly] every gig that I have attended since 1979. If you want to find out more [and I am sure that you do], click HERE.


Yes, Grunty LOVES cooking! Since the lockdown I have been focusing even more on cooking and have an expanding recipe section of meaty, fishy and veggie and vegan dishes. I love Greek food so there is a whole section dedicated to Greek recipes. I have a dedicated Non Greek recipes section also. There has been a great response to my recipes, so I will continue to add new recipes over the next few months.


I have also have INSTAGRAM, PINTEREST and FACEBOOK pages- click on icons below if you want to visit them, it will open in a new tab.

My Pinterest site-

Gruntie’s Travels Facebook page

My Instagram page


This is my first ever blog / website. Please feel free to contact me with your suggestions or opinions. I would love to hear from you. If you do like it please share it and tell the world!

NB- Most of the photos were taken by me, Leashia, or our children: Leora and Monique, Leora’s partner, Jonathan, or possibly a random stranger.