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Our dream USA Road Trip – An RV Itinerary | …

Our dream USA Road Trip – An RV Itinerary | Sponsored by RVshare

You know how you have Travel Dreams (the ones complete with capital letters) that you keep in your heart of hearts? Well, this one involves my passport, a reliable set of wheels and an enormous map of the States. One day, one day in the future we’d love to take a whole year off and pick up an RV or two as we travel on a USA road trip of a lifetime. Disclaimer: This post… View Post

St John’s Wood Restaurant Review: Soutine

St John’s Wood Restaurant Review: Soutine

There’s a special kind of magic when a group of people gather around a table – all the way from a humble cup of tea, through to intricate tasting menus that titillate the palates. Soutine is elegantly in the middle, a Parisien corner of Salon de thé, a St John’s Wood restaurant in a glorious period building. Disclaimer: We were invited guests of the newly opened Soutine but as ever, all dreamy pastel metaphors are very… View Post

Where to stay in Cappadocia: Our Goreme Cave …

Where to stay in Cappadocia: Our Goreme Cave Hotel

Choosing where to stay in Cappadocia was a tough decision. I’m not being hyper dramatic when I say that I probably spent more time choosing this hotel than I did when I was choosing a wedding dress – and in the end, I made a decision via the less than scientific method of asking Mr Kiwi for two favourites, and flipping a coin. (The hotel, not the dress.) I love staying in quirky hotels –… View Post

Hot Air Balloon Cappadocia: A Dreamlike Experience at …

Hot Air Balloon Cappadocia: A Dreamlike Experience at Dawn

Our 100-foot tall hot air balloon floated above the ancient Turkish valleys filled with prehistoric stone edifices – and we just gazed in sheer wonder, 1,000 or so feet up in the sky. What I felt as we silently drifted above the pastel horizon while the sun slowly broke, is actually rather hard to express. Hot Air Balloon Cappadocia. Part of me thought that those images of hundreds of balloons drifting in the pre-dawn light… View Post

Luxury Afternoon Tea in London: The Grosvenor House …

Luxury Afternoon Tea in London: The Grosvenor House Hotel

The lushly appointed Grosvenor House Hotel has a lounge in which you’ll want to linger a little longer, overlooking the leafy boughs of Hyde Park. Especially when the table in front of you is set with a glass of champagne and afternoon tea winks at your from it’s silver stand. Disclaimer: We were invited guests of the Grosvenor House Hotel, but all dreamy metaphors are very much my own. Every element of the decor and delectable… View Post

7 of my favourite informal London restaurants

7 of my favourite informal London restaurants

It’s late in the day. Your tummy is rumbling, but you can’t face the thought of first deciding what to cook, working out where to get the ingredients from and then HORROR OF ALL HORRORS cook it in the correct order for a nice dinner. So, I’ve put together this list with 7 of my favourite informal London restaurants. Think of it as a dinner time gift from me to you (and then probably back… View Post

5 Green Travel Ways to be Sustainable and Eco-friendly …

5 Green Travel Ways to be Sustainable and Eco-friendly as a Travel Addict

Every journey begins with a single step – and if I’m entirely honest, this month’s travel linkup on green travel and being more sustainable was more of a challenge than usual. It’s never been the most important consideration when we’re planning travel – we can definitely do some work on that. We try and do our very best on a human scale; we don’t own a car and use public transport when at home and… View Post

Our Favourite Things to do in Goreme, Cappadocia

Our Favourite Things to do in Goreme, Cappadocia

Ok, I’ll admit it. I was initially enticed to Goreme by the visions of hot air balloons silently floating above the ancient Turkish horizons. But, once we began researching our trip, I was intrigued by all of the things to do in Goreme and surrounding towns. Disclaimer: Contains an affiliate link which doesn’t cost you anything. Rich with history, natural beauty and perfectly set up for exploring, our tour guide told us all about how Goreme… View Post

Aqua Shard Floral Five Menu – Summer Teas, Cocktails …

Aqua Shard Floral Five Menu – Summer Teas, Cocktails and Desserts

I’m going to keep this short and sweet. The days are lengthening, the Royal London parks are heavy with blossom and there is that indescribable feeling of summer in the air. To celebrate this – and as an ode to the Chelsea Flower Show – Aqua Shard have launched their Floral Five menu. Disclaimer: We were guests of Aqua Shard – but I visit often on my own dime. (I think this is really important… View Post

Impressions of Cappadocia and Istanbul

Impressions of Cappadocia and Istanbul

I’ve always dreamed of exploring Turkey. My fascination began in High School when I learned about the Byzantine capital of Constantinople (now called Istanbul) through the ancient empire building of Alexander the Great. (I was struggling to find the words to share our trip to Turkey, so I thought I’d begin with my impressions of Cappadocia and Istanbul.) We began our trip in Goreme (after landing in Istanbul for the night and then catching an internal… View Post

Travel Blogging: 9 of the most important lessons I’…

Travel Blogging: 9 of the most important lessons I’ve learned

I straight up adore travel blogging. It’s made me the person I am today, and I won’t apologise for loving it. Running my corner of the internet, I’ve learned more than I could ever imagine – both about myself and the world around me. So, I thought I’d put together a collection of 9 of the most important travel blogging lessons I’ve learned. Blogging is wonderful. The amazing community who share your obsession, curiosity and… View Post

Celebrating a big freelance anniversary: 2 whole years!

Celebrating a big freelance anniversary: 2 whole years!

I’m quite proud to celebrate a big milestone this month: I’ve been a freelancer running my own business for 2 whole years. Yep, 24 whole months of running my small business, working in specialist social media management, training businesses and as a photographer, helping other small & medium businesses!  Over the last two years, I’m thrilled to say that I’ve worked with dream clients, random clients, businesses who I never could have imagined I’d work… View Post

Afternoon Tea Fit for a New Prince at …

Afternoon Tea Fit for a New Prince at the Shangri-La London (or in this case, two Princesses)

I don’t think I’ll ever tire of the London skyline. It’s been a dozen years already, and my heart still thumps every time I get to admire the beautiful views of London town – even more when it’s accompanied by champagne and afternoon tea at the Shangri-La London. Disclaimer: We were guests of Shangri-La London, but all flute tinkling, fork twirling and London skyline admiration is pure, unadulterated me. Celebrating motherhood and the eagerly anticipated… View Post

If we were having coffee… a UK sunshine …

If we were having coffee… a UK sunshine edition.

If we were sitting down over a cup of joe, I would definitely be starting with something reviving – a cup of warm chai or a strong flat white, complete with perfectly executed foam heart. Cause that’s how I roll. I would tell you that’s been a relatively quiet month travel-wise, after a few very busy ones. And it’s been delightful. A gloriously sunny Easter weekend, a few long hours staring at my laptop (and… View Post

Vintry and Mercer Hotel – Restaurant Review [Travel Linkup]

Vintry and Mercer Hotel – Restaurant Review [Travel Linkup]

The beautiful Vintry and Mercer hotel has a beautiful sense of place that is obvious from the moment you step over the threshold. With foundations laid on (the fantastically named) Garlick Hill, this newly opened Small Luxury Hotel is full of moments where the local London history permeates. Disclaimer: We were guests of Vintry and Mercer, but all wistful story scraps, allusions to local history and words are very much mine and mine alone. Located… View Post

9 reasons why you should road trip around Corfu | …

9 reasons why you should road trip around Corfu | Sponsored By EasyTerra

The flexibility of hiring a car in a new travel destination is utterly freeing, especially on an island that’s as wild and beautiful as Corfu. The azure skies, golden beaches, ancient architecture, jaw-dropping corners and friendly locals are all excellent reasons as to why you should roadtrip around Corfu. Disclaimer: This post was commissioned by EasyTerra who make it super straightforward to compare and hire a car in Greece, not to mention other countries around the world. Over… View Post

The best things to do in Corfu

The best things to do in Corfu

3 things inspired our ladies long weekend on the Greek island of Corfu; a keening for off-season sunshine, a childhood full of ancient myths, and, well, Instagram – let’s keep things properly millennial and real here. Whilst we were there, we visited some really interesting corners and coves of the island – inspiring this list of the best things to do in Corfu (a much-requested travel blog post!) When you slip around hairpin corners to jaw-dropping… View Post

Island Grill Restaurant, Royal Lancaster Hotel | Review

Island Grill Restaurant, Royal Lancaster Hotel | Review

It’s always intriguing to revisit places that you haven’t been for a while – memories are rather ephemeral (*cough* when not blogged *cough*) and in the case of the Royal Lancaster Hotel, a multi-million pound refurbishment has transformed the hotel to my remembrances. This time we gathered in the Island Grill Restaurant on a grey old London day for a taste of their fresh lunchtime menu, overlooking Kensington Gardens & Hyde Park. Disclaimer: We were… View Post

The best London Parks and Gardens

The best London Parks and Gardens

Did you know that London is the greenest major city in Europe and the third greenest city of its size in the world (officially)? Well, it is, and it has so many beautiful spaces where the city gives way from cold architectural structures to thriving green lungs that give us city-dwellers respite. Selecting the best London parks and gardens for this post was a job I adored taking on. Oh, and they are wonderful places… View Post

House of Minalima – Harry Potter in London

House of Minalima – Harry Potter in London

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” —Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The wizarding world of JK Rowling has inspired millions, if not billions of imaginations around the world – and it all came from an idea she had on a train journey. The House of Minalima here in London showcases some of the incredible graphics of the franchise, and it’s well worth taking… View Post