We booked our 72 hours in Gibraltar without any expectations. If I’m entirely honest, I didn’t know very much about Gibraltar other than the history as a disputed territory, that there are a lot of monkeys, it has a huge rock and it’s a perfect place to catch some winter sun. I’m becoming more of a spontaneous traveller – my friend and I booked the destination on a whim, and that ended up being the theme… View Post

Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental: A weekend …

Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental: A weekend lunch review

“Brunch you say? Well, there are several places on my (neverending) list that I fancy, can I tempt you to Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental? It looks lovely for a weekend lunch? Ok, cool, all booked. Yep, already! See you there!” If only all life decisions were that easy. It was a grey old January Saturday, so with our scarves snugged tightly in around our earlobes, we met at our corner table in Bar… View Post

The Power of Small Kindnesses

The Power of Small Kindnesses

Every so often, Mr Kiwi jokingly says I go into my ‘big think’ mode. It when my brain overturns a thought, round and round, much like a smooth river stone flipped by the currents. Most recently, it was the power of small kindnesses. You know the ones I mean. Small kindnesses. Tiny kindnesses. The moments that feel like they’ll never change the world, but you never know quite how much they will.

The Best Pubs in London | Curated by a …

The Best Pubs in London | Curated by a thirsty Londoner

Pubs. They’re great, aren’t they? London is great too. Put these together and what do we have? – the great London Pub. It’s practically an institution in British culture, and often becomes the extended lounge of busy Londoners. With that in mind, I thought my blog was lacking a list of the best pubs in London, so I roped in my local expert of hopped beverages. I met my lovely husband in a London pub… View Post

An Afternoon Tea at the Cranley Hotel

An Afternoon Tea at the Cranley Hotel

Afternoon tea is a confection straight out of a Roman myth; conversation and delicate treats wrapping around the spindle of an afternoon tea stand, essential ingredients threaded into the warp and weft of Ariadne’s loom. Or some may say enjoying a few hours of afternoon tea somewhere like Cranley Hotel is just a lovely way to while away an afternoon with a good friend – one who you’ve explored some remarkable ancient places with. I prefer… View Post