I LOVE going on city breaks, from the extensive research beforehand to the actual experience. Skyscanner and Tripadvisor are where I like to start my research, trawling around looking for bargains. Click on the slideshow below to get an idea of what is on offer in my Citybreaks section on my website.

I tend to focus on Northern, The Baltics and Eastern European destinations as well as Nordic countries, I do not really know why,  I suppose they are relatively inexpensive and easy to get to from the UK and I am not good at saving. So no long haul destinations here!

Click on the menu at the top of this page or go to the bottom of the page for links to the cities I cover in my website.

Little Mermaid, Copenhagen.

My website is mostly a pictorial archive of cities that I have enjoyed visiting over the last few years. The most recent trips in my blog are more comprehensive with some words of wisdom, tips and recommendations while the info is still fresh in my brain and more relevant.


I don’t mind going away in the Winter, actually I love winter city breaks! The days are short, the air is crisp, snow on the ground and it’s bitterly cold. Sailing over a frozen sea, catching the Northern Lights are experiences I will never forget. Of course it does make walking around more of a challenge, but hey ho! It also means less tourists which is fine by me.

My favourite destinations? Well I have enjoyed every City Break but if pushed, Budapest, Sofia and Tallinn stand out and I want to return. I love Reykjavik and have been several times and I am currently making plans to drive the Iceland Ring Road.

Russian Church, Sofia

Future desinations? – I want to go back to Tromso [in winter]. Oh yes- I want to return to St Petersburg too and take The Trans Siberian Railway [actually pretty unlikely since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine].

I would also really like to go to Svalbard, Plovdiv and I am making tentative plans to drive to The Peloponnese for an extended stay.

Church of the Saviour on Blood , St Petersburg.

Gruntie’s City Breaks Quick Links:


Copenhagen [inc: The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art]


Kiev [inc: Chernobyl]

Krakow [inc: Auschwitz and the Salt Mine]

Naples [Napoli] [inc: Herculaneum and Pompeii] NEW !!

Norway [Tromso and Bergen] [inc: Hurtigruten Coastal Voyage and Norway in a Nutshell / The Flam Railway]

Reykjavik [inc: The Golden Circle. The Blue Lagoon and lots more]


Sofia [inc: Rila Monastery]


Vilnius [inc: Trakai]