Travel Bucketlist Goals: 3 meals, 3 countries, 1 day

Travel Bucketlist Goals: 3 meals, 3 countries, 1 day

For the longest of stretch of time, I’ve wanted to have 3 meals in 3 countries in a single day. There’s an air of romance about being able to slip between nations in search of delicious food, and the ability to pop between Switzerland, France and Germany was simply too hard to resist whilst exploring Basel. Disclaimer: My whole trip was supported by the Basel and Alsace tourism boards (thank you!) but this particular scheme… View Post

Summer picnicking in Kensington Palace Gardens

Summer picnicking in Kensington Palace Gardens

Does life get any better than an evening spent in Kensington Palace Gardens? I adore London. It’s a refrain that I’ve sung endlessly for the years that I’ve lived in in England’s capital, but many people seem to question this as it’s a city. But, it’s a green, green city that has pockets of flora (and the occasional fauna) which makes all the difference. Take for instance a sunny afternoon a while ago that a… View Post

Hotel Review: Stratford-upon-Avon Billesley Manor Hotel

Hotel Review: Stratford-upon-Avon Billesley Manor Hotel

For the second night of our Stratford-upon-Avon staycation, we went deep into the countryside. (Well, as deep as 20 minutes in a cab could get away from the train station.) We booked at night at the Billesley Manor Hotel for some much-needed relaxation time. Set in 11 acres of parkland, Billesley Manor is a stunning 16th-century Elizabethan manor house. Located just 3 miles from Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon, this historic property is steeped in history and charm.… View Post

Things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon: Anne Hathaway’s …

Things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon: Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

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

Tall Ships Firework Festival: The River Thames

Tall Ships Firework Festival: The River Thames

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.