The honey-stone walls of Oxford city centre conjure all kinds of wishes and whimsy – and each time that I’ve stayed overnight in Oxford, it’s like slipping into an architectural Narnia. Disclaimer: On this visit I was an invited guest of Mercure Hotels and Experience Oxfordshire, but all thoughts and laboured literary metaphors are very much my own.
Oxford is one of those cities that seems unaffected by the passing of time.
One of the main reasons for going up to stay at the lovely Tewkesbury Park (a full review of our hotel stay here) was to try the delicious dishes served in the newly refurbished Mint Restaurant. Disclaimer: We were invited to spend a weekend at Tewkesbury Park but all thoughts, images and fork twirlings are very much my own.
Hotel restaurants can be hit and miss – we stayed in a hotel a fortnight later that didn’t hold a candle to just how delicious Mint Restaurant at Tewkesbury Park was.
Some of the moments that spark joy when travelling are hard earned and some are just ripe for the taking. Our long weekend in Valencia was as easy as twisting a ripe orange from a laden bough.
It began on a cold winter evening, perusing a list of winter sun destinations and within 15 minutes of finding a date both Binny and I could do, we booked the flights and started flicking through the lists of hotels and apartments.
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 is in the process of moving from the UK to the US, and it’s making me reflect on who I am now compared to 10 years ago.
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.
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Let’s begin in a place of honesty – balancing everything can be hard. I’m not going to sugarcoat this.