31 August 2016

5 of the best meals I've ever eaten - September TravelLinkup

Over the years we have been lucky enough to enjoy meals in some of the most wonderful places. Aftternoon tea at Claridges, breakfasting like lords in a Bordeaux Chateaudinner at the Ritz, feasting on a bento box near Mount Fuji, lunching at Le Manoirbrunching with glorious London views, drinking 'arctic whiskey' under the Northern Lights in Tromso, eating cake in Vienna and so many more brilliant experiences (not to mention a few restaurant reviews along the way).

But...

5 of the best meals I've ever eaten - August Travellinkup Adventures of a London Kiwi

...there is one place I'm happiest. As an emotional cheeseball at the best of times, I can often be found grinning away tucked somewhere behind a table full of the people I love - and it doesn't matter where on the globe we are. It is almost always the highlight of any trip we make anywhere in the world (the only exceptions are the countries where we can’t stalk visit anyone which are few and far between).

29 August 2016

Neuschwenstein Castle day trip from Munich & an alpine swim

There are a few experiences money just can't buy - watching the sun set behind Mt Fuji on a day when her peak is clear from cloud, finally being able to see priceless works of art in the flesh such as the Sistine Chapel to truly appreciate the skill, picnicking in Southern French garden sunshine with the resident cat miaowing at you or actually visiting all of the Monopoly Board London Streets in a day.

Neuschwenstein Castle Fussen Bavarian Germany Adventures of a London Kiwi
Neuschwanstein Castle Fussen Bavarian Germany Adventures of a London Kiwi

And then there are day trips that are tourist essentials where you expect chaos, and find yourself pleasantly floating in crystal clear Alpine waters wishing you never had to go back to the stresses of real life.

26 August 2016

10 of the best luxury London brunches (I've tried so far...)

Balance. Ying & Yang, fruit and vegetables, salt and pepper, knife and fork. Having recently scribed a list of my favourite 15 of the best London Brunches for under £15 it felt only right to redress the other side of the table, and relive a few of my favourite luxury brunches.

luxury

ˈlʌkʃ(ə)ri/
noun

1. a state of great comfort or elegance, especially when involving great expense.

Darwin Brasserie 10 of the best luxury London brunches Adventures of a London KiwDarwin Brasserie 10 of the best luxury London brunches Adventures of a London Kiw

It seems to be a term bandied around with abandon these days, but luxury really is a personal thing. For some it's half an hour without a baby crying, for others it is a state of being that very much involves gorgeous handbags and opulent surroundings. One of my favourite luxuries is a good coffee first thing in the morning. I'm on my own, might have a book in my hand and when really lucky there is sun peeping through the clouds.

24 August 2016

Pan Chai, luxurious sushi in Harrods

As little Kiwi kid, my parents taught my siblings and I to leave the tastiest part of our dinners until last. They wisely figured out that we'd otherwise leave behind the healthiest part of our meals in favour of filling up on tastier forkfuls.

Even now as an "adult" (no-one I know can possible claim that title in full and without air quotations) this thinking is ingrained in the way that I eat. Exotic meat, freshly caught battered oysters, Brussel sprouts (yeah, I was weird but you've never tasted my Mum's). The only problem we found with our afternoon at Pan Chai recently, was that everything was so delicious that deciding what to leave for last (and best) was almost impossible.

Pan Chai Luxury Sushi Harrods Adventures of a London KiwiDisclaimer: We were invited guests of Pan Chai but all of my very, very many thoughts (and rambling childhood memories) are only ever my own... 

Found in Harrod's famous food court opposite sister restaurant Mango Tree, after I wandered halfway through London (realising I had an hour and 10 minutes rather than a panicked 10 minutes to make my way over) my globetrotting, sushi loving lunch date Sam and I made our way through the labyrinthine halls of the shopping mecca.

22 August 2016

10 things you have to do on a Munich summer break

The Bavarian state has been on our wanderlust list for an age. Bordering Liechtenstein, Austria and the Czech Republic, and complete with Alpine mountains, infamous beer halls, fairytale castles, an outrageously fun national costume and an accent other Germans find difficult to understand, we knew that a trip needed to be booked in to this quirky city.

10 things you have to do on a Munich summer break
10 things you have to do on a Munich summer break

Reassured that 3 days would be plenty to get a taste of Munich life especially when the Christmas markets are on, we conversely decided to book a week long stay at the height of summer, avoiding the crowds that turn up to Oktoberfest (last year they think 7.5 million revelers turned up to the city - no thanks...) for something a little different. I think as a blogger I'm obliged to use the label #slowtravel but in all honestly we just didn't want to be rushed.

20 August 2016

Eating & drinking in Bordeaux

Bordeaux seems to be going through a renaissance. 10 years ago it seemed to be a grimy port town that people knew of mostly for the ruby red elixir that makes the town infamous. With a mayor who realised the tourist cash they were missing out on, he set about rejuvenating the city and promoting Bordeaux as a destination within its own right.

Where to eat and drink in Bordeaux France Adventures of a London Kiwi

In my limited experience of the world, I feel it's safe to say that the French live, breathe, eat and drink. And possibly not in that order of importance. Following that train of thought, it would be a little remiss to blog about the lovely Bordeaux, and omit sharing our favourite places that we imbibed. As a tourist armed with the internet, I can't pretend to be any kind of authority, but after 4+ years of blogging and calling myself a foodie I do know what I like.

17 August 2016

Gallery Mess - a romantic meal in Chelsea

When you have been married for a long time, it's so easy so slip into a humdrum routine of chores, bickering about what TV Channel to watch and what to have for dinner. It usually ends in our house with "I picked last time", "No, I picked last time". "Damn."

It go to such a point 6 months ago, that I crossed  fortnightly Thursday evenings ou as date night, scoured Pinterest for interesting ideas (like a jar full of suggestions that you pick out at random) and full of enthusiasm we did a few things; a picnic in the park, went for dinner and a movie, even managed a night of ten pin bowling. This lasted for about a month before we found ourselves rearranging it for other plans, and never quite actually getting around to spending that time together.

Gallery Mess Restaurant Review Adventures of a London Kiwi

 Disclaimer: We dined partially as guests of Gallery Mess but all of my very, very many thoughts are only ever my own...

When we visited Gallery Mess, I managed to leave my blogger tools at home (either of my cameras would have been helpful) so relying heavily upon our wedding vows of "in sickness and in health, for better or for worse" - because internet-based distress is a thing, right? - and our phone cameras, we found ourselves in settling into an evening of summer sunshine, right on the edge of Duke of York Square in Chelsea.

15 August 2016

An evening of modern art at the Royal Academy

Back in the days of pantaloons and corsets, a knowledge of art, history and ideally proficiency of a musical instrument was the embodiment of a well-rounded personage. Having no opinion on politics and religion could be excused in most cases, but being able to differentiate the influences of Monet Water Lilies from Rembrandt portraiture was essential.

Modern art at the Royal Academy Adventures of a London Kiwi

They would sit in their mid-morning Salon de the's and debate the fashionable culture of the day, read heavy tomes of philosophy and converse about their findings by scratching out lengthy letters.

Or so history would have us believe.

13 August 2016

Mount Stewart, Northern Ireland

Every blogger secretly wants to discover hidden gems right? I mean it's practically in the job description: Chatterbox required for hours sat in front of a screen editing words and photos about unusual things. Must bring own mug and discover 'hidden gems'.

Mount Stewart National Trust Belfast Northern Ireland Adventures of a London Kiwi
Mount Stewart National Trust Belfast Northern Ireland Adventures of a London Kiwi

Mount Stewart isn't a hidden gem, it is one of Northern Ireland's diadem rocks, second to the actual rocks of the Giant's Causeway. The opening hours were flexible (to say the least) on the rainy day that we visited, so we wandered through the gardens whilst the grey clouds threatened.

12 August 2016

Friday figments and photos: the Bavarian edition

Our summer holiday this year isn't a typical British sunshine hunt to Spain or the South of France, but a week based in Munich exploring the Bavarian countryside.


And a what a countryside it has.

10 August 2016

Keywords for finding Adventures of a London Kiwi

I do adore the internet, most of the time, but ever more so when I wander into the search terms use to find my blog. Public feedback - aka Twitter - indicates that London Kiwi Emma (ala my social media handle) is the most common method (and incidentally how I'm saved into a lot of cell phones...who needs a surname with the advent of Twitter?)


The interweb gurus say that SEO runs the internet, but I still find in an intriguing black ar full of chicanery, a thesaurus black hole and a sprinkle of voodoo.

6 August 2016

Celebrations, a beautiful travel luxuries giveaway and decisions - NOW CLOSED

It's been just over four years that I've tapped away at this little hobby of mine, and it is hands down one of my favorite things in the world. I've made amazing friendships, learned more that I ever could have thought and enthused about new discoveries more than I ever thought possible.


The amazing Frankie at The MayFairy when not creating side-splittingly funny horoscopes and incrediby clever blog posts on pithy subjects, moonlights as a graphic designer, so I asked for her help to fix up my ugly blog header. I made it myself on a winter's night in an archaic graphics programme, and though I love it, it desperately needs someone with far more talent than I'll ever have.

5 August 2016

Friday figments and photos: the HOW IS IT ALREADY AUGUST instalment

Time seems to drip and splodge, some days it dribbles by and others it dollops <insert Jamie Oliver cockney geezer impression>. Why?

How can we possibly come up with a method to allocate out these hours in a manner that we want. Stretch out the hours we want to luxuriate in, and speed up the ones we aren't loving?


If I had that secret, I would be a very wealthy lady...

Ps. don't forget to check out the amzing stories, tips and life lessons being added to this month's travel linkup!


3 August 2016

The best places to eat in Kings Cross, London

This entire blog is essentially a love letter to London. As much as I mercilessly tease that husband of mine that London isn't the best city in the world, it's definitely in the top 2. Maybe 3.

The best places to eat in Kings Cross, London Adventures of a London Kiwi

But as far as a foodie scene goes, 10 years ago England really wasn't considered very highly reputationally. Bangers and mash, fish and chips, likker and pie, jacket potatoes maybe. It was all beige. beige, beige, beige. (No, I take that back, call it up and coming - obviously not absolutely everywhere was so limited.) Take my English husband for example - before I accidentally skidded into his life, he had never tried sweet potato, pumpkins were for Americans celebrating Halloween and his favourite treat was a piece of bread doused in vinegar. Admittedly he still does that even now (usually when I'm distracted with blog stuff) you can take the boy out of Grimsby...

1 August 2016

5 lessons learnt as a travel addict - #TravelLinkup

If I've learned anything over the years, it's that I have so SO much more to learn. There will always be another trick, another hack and somewhere new that will pop up luring us away from home.

5 lessons learnt as a travel addict - Adventures of a London Kiwi

But over the years, we've tried to apply a few hard learnt lessons to our future fun.