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

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

A weekend staycation at Tewkesbury Park Hotel

A weekend staycation at Tewkesbury Park Hotel

Sunrise slowly shimmered through the dawn fog and the soft twitter of birdsong spread across the valley. We were snugly nestled under our duvet, enjoying our weekend staycation at Tewkesbury Park Hotel, with a glorious view unfolding right at the foot of our bed. Disclaimer: We were invited to spend a weekend at Tewkesbury Park but all thoughts, images and curtain twitchings are very much my own. I always love staycationing (or taking a ‘minigap’ which… 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

The Ultimate New Zealand Roadtrip: The North Island …

The Ultimate New Zealand Roadtrip: The North Island Edition

Aoteoroa, Land of the Long White Cloud, God’s Own. New Zealand is known by many names, including ‘home’ for me. At least once in your life, you must do a North Island road trip. With gorgeous waterfalls, geothermic oddities, amazing beaches, snoozing volcanoes – the North Island is gorgeous, but it often plays second fiddle to the glory of the South Island.  What qualifies me as an insider? I’m a born and bred North Island… View Post