This isn’t the Anne Hathway of modern Hollywood fame, but the alleged wife (‘alleged wife’ because as I understand historians can’t conclusively tell us who Shakespeare actually was) of infamous Elizabethan playwright Shakespeare. Anne and her family grew up in this cottage, in the small village of Shottery about a mile out of Stratford-upon-Avon. On a gorgeous day full of sunshine and blue skies, we walked from Alveston Manor Hotel and Spa in the centre… View Post

Stratford-upon-Avon is somewhere that everyone should visit at least once in their lives. It’s a tourist mecca, but for a reason with a history that holds proud and literary links to Shakespeare, making it a great place to spend a little time. We picked Alveston Manor Hotel and Spa for several reasons, and loved every sun-soaked minute that we stayed there. We’ve visited before, years ago as a day trip from London, but this time… View Post

Something I adore about this adopted city of mine, is the sheer randomness of quirky events that take place. This time we spotted an advert for the London Tall Ships Firework display on the river, without even properly looking into it, we booked ourselves a couple of places. After a cheeky burger near the O2 arena, we got our swashbuckling into gear and wandered to find the North Greenwich pier.

Going on a cruise has been something that has intrigued us, but up until this point, we haven’t quite done. So, when an invite landed in my inbox to explore the Independence of the Seas for a day down in Southhampton, it piqued the curiosity of this landlubber, and down I went. Disclaimer: We were sponsored guests of Royal Caribbean but my (very many) thoughts, nautical cliches and enthusiasm are only ever genuinely mine and… View Post

Being totally honest, when I went down to Bournemouth it was without any plans, other than watching the sunset with my book in hand and wandering along the beach for an ice cream. So when I was kindly tipped off that Rick Stein has a restaurant just along the bay in Sandbanks, Poole, I knew that I needed to get a little organised and book myself a last-minute lunch table there. One of the hardest… View Post