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5 of the best lunches worth travelling around the …

5 of the best lunches worth travelling around the world for

I’ve always maintained that a good meal is worth making an effort for, so I decided to gather together 5 of the best lunches worth travelling around the world for – the noonday repasts that I have loved and would happily travel again for. There’s a real combination in this list- from 2-Michelin starred luxurious hotels to simple, delicious treats accompanied by the fresh sea air – and I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

WHO AM I: AND OTHER BIG QUESTIONS FOR …

WHO AM I: AND OTHER BIG QUESTIONS FOR NEW BLOGGERS LIKE, WHO ARE YOU?

Do you ever look at yourself in the mirror and think ‘crumbs, who are you? Who is this person looking back at me in the mirror? (NB: Also related thought: Do I have early onset Alzheimers?’) Well, this blog post is a musing or two on ‘who am I’ and other big questions for new bloggers like ‘who are you?’ I’ve been doing this piecemeal navel gazing of late, as one of my lovely nephews… View Post

Mons, Belgium – an accidental day trip from France

Mons, Belgium – an accidental day trip from France

We drove from London to Belgium, crossing Essex, the southeast of England, a fair amount of France and then accidentally slipped over the border to Mons, Belgium.  As a reprobate island dweller (all the way from New Zealand to Grande Britannia) I still delight at how easy it is to slip between countries in Europe, so we took full advantage of this when spending a few days in France.

How to balance work, life and blogging: tips, …

How to balance work, life and blogging: tips, tricks and essential life hacks

Balance. Ahhh, that elusive nirvana. I get asked all the time for tips on how to balance work, life and blogging, so I’ve put together my most valuable hard-learned lessons, genuinely time-saving tips and honest practicalities into one, single blog post instead of many wine-fuelled conversations. Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post contain affiliate links. If you buy an item after clicking on one, I receive a small commission at no extra cost… View Post

Lunch at Cliveden House

Lunch at Cliveden House

A black and white tail eagerly skidded past me – intent on the pink squishy ball flying over the snow and nothing else in the entire world – 3 nanoseconds later he flashed past again in a delighted blur of Collie fur. We were playing in the snow-dusted lawns before our booking for lunch at Cliveden House, earning ourselves a tasty repast. The skies were blue after a thick snow flurry the day before, and… View Post

A London Staycation In The Chronicle Aparthotel

A London Staycation In The Chronicle Aparthotel

To chase away the impending January blues, Sima (The Curious Pixie), Binny (Food and Travel Diarist), Shikha (always asking Why People Waste Annual Leave) and I plotted a cheeky respite from the winter blues, a ladies staycation in our favourite city, London. Disclaimer: We were invited to spend our London staycation in the Chronicle Aparthotel by Supercity but all views, PJs and meal choices are very much our own. Did you ever read The Babysitters Club… View Post

Should you go to Lisbon or Porto for …

Should you go to Lisbon or Porto for a Portuguese city break? [Travel Linkup]

It’s fair to say that I fell in love with Portugal on both of my city breaks. This fun loving country seems to be quite the winter sun destination for 2019, and I’ve had quite a few people contact me recently asking whether they should visit Lisbon or Porto for their Portuguese city break. Both Lisbon and Porto are unique cities, each with an individual character – and sadly it’s not always practical to visit… View Post

10 Ways to Beat Winter Blues

10 Ways to Beat Winter Blues

It’s cold, there isn’t much sunshine and I’m already getting sick of arriving places looking like I was dragged through a wet hedge backwards – repeatedly. So, I decided to pop together this blog post of 10 ways to beat winter blues – tried and true methods that help me to survive those Northern Hemisphere winters that never seem to end. {Disclaimer: post contains one clearly marked affiliate link.}  I love a good list. Especially… View Post

72 hours in Gibraltar – Sunshine, Rock Stars and Monkeys

72 hours in Gibraltar – Sunshine, Rock Stars and Monkeys

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

19 of the best places to go in Budapest …

19 of the best places to go in Budapest on a city break

Budapest is such a gorgeous, fascinating city to spend a long weekend in. So much so, that my lovely friend and I have been twice, and I simply had to share 19 of the best places to go in Budapest on a city break. Egészségére! (That’s Hungarian for cheers!) Straddling the Danube, the towns of Buda, Pest and Óbuda merged in the Nineteenth Century to form the capital city of Hungary. With over a thousand years… View Post

A Long Weekend in Budapest (v.2.0)

A Long Weekend in Budapest (v.2.0)

A couple of years ago our long weekend in Budapest was such a delight that my friend and I decided unanimously for a return visit. We met over a sunny weekday lunch to find a date, book the flights and decide where we were staying for the 5 days – the details simply fell into place with the tip-tip-tap of a few laptop keys. 

Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019 – a throwback to the year that …

Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019 – a throwback to the year that was.

First and foremost my blog is a journal. An online journal that has become a treasure box of memories, tips that I hope will be helpful and my online baby which has given me the impetus to learn a plethora of new skills. In that spirit, Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019! This little post is a throwback to the year that was. I always spend the last post of the year (< because I’m a rule breaker in… View Post

TRAVEL WISHLISTS AND 2019 PLANS – JANUARY #TRAVELLINKUP

TRAVEL WISHLISTS AND 2019 PLANS – JANUARY #TRAVELLINKUP

2018 has been full of travel, adventures, bad hairstyles in photos and explorations. My first couple of months were concentrated on building my business and scooting around London (fitting in a few bits of London sightseeing and restaurant visits) before we flew to Romania for a week to explore the Transylvanian castles and political history of Bucharest. I fitted in a cheeky solo beach break in Bournemouth in the middle of a busy project, I explored… View Post

How to book cheap flights (so you can …

How to book cheap flights (so you can spend your money on holiday champagne at sunset instead)

Over the years I’ve bagged a fair few bargain flights; £20pp return to Italy, £33pp return to Valencia, a cracking package deal including a flights & 5-star hotel in Vienna for almost the same cost as just flights. I also realised that I’ve never written a post on just how to book cheap flights, even with the trips I’ve done over the years and tips that I’ve picked up. Flying business or first class is… View Post

The best piece of advice I’ve ever …

The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given

Mae West once said, “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough” and honestly, it’s the best piece of advice I’ve ever had. Really understanding what she (and the friend who said it to me) meant, has literally led me to sitting in my home office chair in London 10 years on from those university lecture theatres on the other side of the world.  The fabulous Lucy Lucraft founded and… View Post