9 things you have to do on a Cologne …

9 things you have to do on a Cologne City Break

Dear planning shy travellers, Cologne in Germany is the perfect destination for a long weekend city break. (Nb: I write Cologne, Germany to ensure that the whole London/Tower Bridge confusion doesn’t happen – years and years ago an American millionaire thought he’d bought the beautiful Tower Bridge, but actually bought the rather more plain London Bridge and transported every stone all the way to the desert in the US…)

The Malmaison Hotel in Oxford: a rather luxurious …

The Malmaison Hotel in Oxford: a rather luxurious prison stay

Most people spend their lives avoiding situations that would put them behind bars. But true to past form, I actively researched the best way to get Mr Kiwi and I locked into prison – but it was at the luxurious Malmaison hotel in Oxford, rather than at her Majesty’s pleasure. When I first saw Lauren’s gorgeous stay here last year, it stayed on my mind and at the top of my UK hotel bucket list… View Post

24 hours in Oxford’s Dreaming Spires

24 hours in Oxford’s Dreaming Spires

Oxford is one of those cities that seems unaffected by the passing of time. Whenever we slip there for a day trip from London or a cheeky overnighter – or once for lunch – we’re always struck by just how beautiful it is. The ‘city of dreaming spires’ simply glows. The beautiful stone that makes up the majority of buildings almost emanates the years of learning that has gone on behind them, or am I… View Post

What to wear as a woman travelling in …

What to wear as a woman travelling in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha

When we tripped to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha, what to wear in the Middle East was the aspect I probably researched the most. I’m no fashion plate, but as a female travelling into a conservative country that has quite strong views on what is acceptable to wear, I fretted about what was suitable to throw into my suitcase. ‘What do I wear to the Middle East’ is something I get asked a lot – and… View Post

A Royal Afternoon Tea: Rubens Hotel at the …

A Royal Afternoon Tea: Rubens Hotel at the Palace

To me, afternoon tea is all about spending quality time with someone special – taking time out of a normal day to enjoy a little indulgent luxury. Relaxing at Rubens Hotel in their Palace Lounge was just perfect after a busy, stressful couple weeks for both my lovely friend and I.  Disclaimer: We were guests of Buyagift but my (very many) thoughts and pinky raising are very much all my own posing. There’s an old… View Post