3 July 2015

Summer Dayze: Friday figments and photos

London really isn't built for temperatures over 26°C. London is built for winter sunshine, incipient precipitation and autumn days lazing by a pub fire. I have to admit to cowardice this week and becoming hermit-like in front of an air conditioning unit, before scurrying to the nearest next cool point I can find.

36°C on a beach? Delicious. 36°C whilst commuting? Just no.

Summer Dayze: Friday figments and photos

Before the temperatures hit their heights, we accidentally found ourselves in Cambridge over the weekend visiting a few special places to us - including where the Mr proposed...

1 July 2015

What is your travel personality? July Travel Linkup

Pre-internet (yes, there was such a thing) I used to buy glossy pink-hued magazines for one reason, and one reason only - the personality quizzes in the back of the spread. What's Your Party Personality? Which Spice Girl Are You? Which Hogwarts House Are You In? (nb. always pining for Griffindor) Are You In Love? Which Twilight Guy Should You Date?

There was a pleasant moment or two of relaxation taking them, and armed with a pen, secretly knowing which answers would get you the result you were hoping for (though if anyone actually needs the 'Are You In Love', the answers will never be in the back of a glossy with a free lip balm, never). After a few years of this quiet joy, and leaving the nest to travel, I slowly realised that I was literally living the What Kind Of Traveller Are You? quiz, but in real life.

What is your travel personality? July Travel Linkup

It has taken a few years to establish my travel personality and embrace the fact that I am who I am. If I ran those quizzes again, I suspect the following would come up...

29 June 2015

Claridge's Afternoon Tea

Claridge's is simply the epitome of London luxury Afternoon Tea. Every aspect is presented with a grace and style that many hotels attempt to emulate but don't quite achieve - the mark of 150 years of practice.

Luxury Gluten Free Afternoon Tea Claridges

Claridges Afternoon Tea

"Set in the splendour of Thierry Despont’s magnificent Foyer, inspired by the 1930s’ heyday of art deco" the surrounds are beautiful, and nothing quite beats the soft tinkle of tea cups, soft jazz and tea chatter of an afternoon.

27 June 2015

Hotel California, Hollywood, Los Angeles

On a dark desert highway, cold wind in our hair We zipped and threaded our way through a mismatch of traffic. Fashionably sleek convertibles shared the road with dusty pick-up trucks, people-mover mom-mobiles swapped lanes with small busses.

The warm smell of colitas rising up through the air and a dusty, piquant smell whispered through the windows of our ride from Los Angeles airport - we simply couldn't wait to shake off the gross feeling of a 12-hour flight from London.

Hotel California, Hollywood Los Angeles
Apologies for the slightly hazy camera phone photos, holidaying in America has a strange way of losing my camera...every. single. time.

Up ahead in the distance, we saw a shimmering light, our heads grew heavy and our sight grew dim - we had to stop for the night. As we got closer into civilization, the neon lights began to get bigger and brighter in the evening sky, advertising everything in dollars, nickels and dimes, before giving way to Hollywood musical theatre boards.

There she stood in the doorway; I heard the mission bell / And I was thinking to myself, "This could be Heaven or this could be Hell" We tumbled into our LA nest for our short trip, a private Hollywood apartment in the centre of all things tinseltown crazy.