Helen Winslade

Helen Winslade

My fondest holiday memories so far are from when I travelled to Rome. Once I made it to the hotel, I chucked my bags on the bed and just went out for a walk, and my first stop was a restaurant (naturally, I love food). The food in Italy is amazing. Even if you just have a pizza, it tastes so much better out there. I won’t even go into how much I loved the ice cream because words cannot do it justice.

We went on a lot of tours while we were out there, but the one that stands out has to be Vatican City. It was one of those tours where you didn’t really listen to much of what your tour guide said, because you were too busy looking at everything and taking all the amazing things in. I took pictures of everything, even down to the floor tiles just because I didn’t want to forget anything.

Helen used to work in our marketing team

National flowers from around the world

Different countries choose different flowers to represent them as a nation. England has the rose, Wales has the daffodil, Scotland has the thistle, and Ireland has the shamrock. I have to admit, that’s pretty much as far as my knowledge goes when it comes to national flowers, so I decided to do a little research and tell you all about my favourites.

Matryoshka dolls: The story behind the nesting Russian dolls

When we travel, a most of us will bring home a small souvenir to remind us of our time away. One of the most popular souvenirs bought by tourists in Russia are Russian nesting dolls, or matryoshka dolls.

Gregory of Nin: The Croatian statue with a lucky big toe

In Split, Croatia, there is a statue that is meant to give people good luck. The statue is of Gregory of Nin (Croatian: Grgur Ninski) who was quite the legend back in his day.

4 different ways to say hello

I grew up in a small village, just outside of Southend-on-Sea. It’s a nice village; small and quiet, although not too far from a town. I knew a lot of people there as most of my family have lived there for many years, but I’d regularly see strangers who I’d never met or seen and they’d say things like “good morning, have a nice day!” I never quite got used to this, as I could never appreciate their greetings early in the morning.

Castell: Catalonia’s human towers

During festival season in Catalonia, you may come across humans climbing all over each other. Castell, which unsurprisingly translates to “castle”, is a tradition that goes back to 1712, and is probably more popular now than ever.

The White House Easter egg roll

A lot of children dream of spending their Easter break continuously eating chocolate, and searching high and low for the Easter bunny. Whilst that sounds like a pretty cool way to relax for a few days (especially the constant chocolate eating bit) nothing is as cool as spending your Easter Monday with your nation’s president (But I guess that depends on the president…)

Zao Fox Village: The Japanese village that’s overrun with, well, foxes!

If you’re an animal lover, I think it’s time to book that plane ticket to Japan.