10 things to do in Wellington, New Zealand

10 things to do in Wellington, New Zealand

The capital city of New Zealand is my spiritual heart (I fell in love whilst at university there) and with more cafes per capita than any other city in the world, it always feels like home. Walking down Wellington streets, my mind overlays so many memories – and I’m always amazed at how after a decade I still know how to get around without a map. I suspect it is indelibly etched on my heart.… View Post

Orbit 360° Dining – Restaurant Review – SKYCITY Auckland, New Zealand

Orbit 360° Dining – Restaurant Review – SKYCITY Auckland, New Zealand

“You spin me right round, baby right round” Ahem, sorry. In my experience over the years, restaurants with amazing views have more often than not have low quality food. There have been a few exceptions; Hutong at the Shard, Duck and Waffle brunches and Peninsula Restaurant at the Intercontinental Hotel. It seems as though the restauranteurs know they can get away with this because the view is so beautiful and restaurant goers are usually tourists… View Post

That time we went out for brunch and …

That time we went out for brunch and accidentally hiked the Rangitoto volcano crater

Nothing seems to surprise my husband anymore. I must come out with ridiculous scenarios so regularly now, he doesn’t even lift an eyebrow. Case in point, when I video called him from New Zealand. (He knew I was in NZ by the way, my whereabouts haven’t become that surprising. Yet.) “How was your day?” ‘Good thanks, we went out for brunch with Ginni and Alice, and then hiked up a volcano crater.’ “That’s nice dear.… View Post

The 10 best castles in the world (IMHO)

The 10 best castles in the world (IMHO)

My inner princess never thought this was possible. My own country has a history of around 150 settled human years, so the magic of walking through thousands of years of Euopean history never quite loses the unique frisson of delight. This selection is my top 10 of the best castles in the world (well, in my honest opinion anyway!) Suits of armour that tell tales of bravery and hardship, kitchen hearths that fed hundreds of… View Post

Mount Stewart, Northern Ireland

Mount Stewart, Northern Ireland

Every blogger secretly wants to discover hidden gems right? I mean it’s practically in the job description: Chatterbox required for hours sat in front of a screen editing words and photos about unusual things. Must bring own mug and discover ‘hidden gems’. Mount Stewart isn’t a hidden gem, it is one of Northern Ireland’s diadem rocks, second to the actual rocks of the Giant’s Causeway. The opening hours were flexible (to say the least) on… View Post