28 November 2015

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers

Nominated by the lovely, lovely Anna at Travel with Penelope and Parker (aka she of the sailing and luxury soap addiction) I dutifully accept the mantle of Sisterhood of the World Bloggers, before passing the torch onto a new set of blogging addicts...

Where is your all-time favourite destination?
I can’t pick one, I just can’t. It’s like being asked to pick your favourite flavour, I mean varietal of wine *gets posh vocab back on*. There are so many moments that I’ve loved that I’m not sure about picking just one. Is that a cop out? Probably yes. Ok, so maybe Japan, it blew our tiny Western mindsets. Everything was simply so different - sunset glinting from the summit of Mt Fuji, sushi in Tokyo, New Year in Kyoto, modern vs. tradition in Nara, and hauntingly sad Hiroshima. All beautiful and fascinating.

Which post are you most proud of?
It’s a tie between flying across Wembley Stadium Pitch on a zipwire because I was terrified – so scared I couldn’t speak and had to be pushed off; and driving in America – aside from asking my friend to ease the parked car out from between two cherry red mustangs, I somehow managed to cope as an inexperienced driver with left-hand roads, turning right on a red light and a session of monsoon rain. The one I tell people about the most is herding sheep across London Bridge or attending a Buckingham Palace Garden Party. (See what I mean about being indecisive?)

27 November 2015

Friday figments and photos: Silly season v.1

The silly season is here. It's the last full weekend of November, the Christmas lights are twinkling, everyone is in a party mood, the bubbly is flowing a little too well, we're all getting merry and thank goodness coffee is in our cups.

Adventures of a London Kiwi Friday figments and photos

25 November 2015

Lisbon, via the medium of fork

Is it possible to summarise a city by the local dishes alone? Is it possible to go on a historical journey by fork?

Where to eat in Lisbon Mercado de Ribeira

23 November 2015

10 things to do on a Lisbon city break

I'm sitting here on my couch, tea in hand, watching the weather warily as snow has been forecast in London. Snow. In late November. Luckily, I have around 15 billion scarves, a coat as cozy as a duvet and the accumulated commuter knowledge of dashing from pillar to post as quickly as humanly possible in 3°C temperatures.

But, only a week ago I was standing in the sun-dappled Rossio square of Lisbon, wearing sandals, t-skirt and beach skirt, marvelling at 22°C clear blue skies and planning a long-weekend of mischief. Well, I say planning, but it's a lie really. Normally I'm a research addicted nano-planner, but this trip was different - I booked the break last minute, asked around a few travel addicted friends and scanned Pinterest idly on the way to the airport.

The question in a new location as ever is what to do...

Things to do in Lisbon - Alfama neighbourhood

1. Jump in the 28 tram with every other tourist in the city. The views over the Alfama neighbourhood are worth it (and the sheer joy of cheeky locals hitching a ride on the outside of the tram hilarious). Just watch your pockets...