Street Art in Athens

Street Art in Athens

Love it or hate it, you can’t ignore it, in Athens graffiti is everywhere from simple tags, saying ‘I was here’ to sophisticated, commissioned murals, that have clearly taken time, as well as real talent, to create. One sunny morning I joined a...
Top 15 things to do in Athens, Greece

Top 15 things to do in Athens, Greece

What do you see when you visit a city like Athens? The grime and dirt, the scrawling graffiti, the homeless man with his bedding spread out in a shop doorway? Or do you see the pretty lilac-coloured flowers of the jacaranda trees that line the avenues, the lively bars...
In pictures, the vibrant Wazemmes market in Lille

In pictures, the vibrant Wazemmes market in Lille

Colourful flowers, drapes of exotic material, antiques, bric-a-brac (and a little cheap tat) as well as a covered farmer’s markets can all be found at the vibrant Marché de Wazemmes, in this ethnically mixed quarter of Lille. When I visited on a sunny...
An homage to the cakes of Lille

An homage to the cakes of Lille

Having had a wonderful time in Lille last summer I was delighted to be invited back again, this time to celebrate Eurostar’s 2oth birthday. And so, last weekend, I boarded my train at London’s St Pancras Station, enjoyed a light breakfast (and...
In pictures, a walking tour of Florence

In pictures, a walking tour of Florence

As well as lots of delicious cooking, and of course eating, during my recent trip to Tuscany, my host Flavours Holidays included not only a wine tasting trip but also a day out in Florence. After all, it would be a crime to visit this part of Tuscany and not see both...
Exploring Cagliari, Sardinia’s ancient capital

Exploring Cagliari, Sardinia’s ancient capital

Cagliari (or Casteddu in Sardu meaning castle) on the south coast of Sardinia, is the island’s capital and was once the capital of the Kingdom of Sardinia. It is an ancient city, known to have been inhabited as long ago as the Neolithic period, over 5,000 years...
Fortnum and Mason at Christmas

Fortnum and Mason at Christmas

Having recently visited the world-renowned department store, Fortnum and Mason, in London’s Piccadilly, let me take you back in time… The shop’s story began way back in 1705, when royal footman, William Fortnum, opened a shop in St James Market with...
The magic of Brussels at Christmas

The magic of Brussels at Christmas

Dazzling Christmas lights, spectacular ice-skating shows, Wittamer hot chocolate, a glass of Delirium or two, not to mention the beauty of Grand Place decked out in its festive finery, there are many reasons for visiting Brussels in December.

How to travel in style at very little cost

How to travel in style at very little cost

When people see all the wonderful places I’m lucky enough to travel too they often assume I’m travelling pretty much full-time. In reality that couldn’t be further from the truth. I work long hours writing, tweeting, photo editing and blogging but I...
London Days Out: Christmas shopping in Covent Garden

London Days Out: Christmas shopping in Covent Garden

I love Covent Garden at Christmas. There’s always a lively atmosphere, the buildings are decorated with festive garlands and baubles, there’s a huge Christmas tree and of course the usual excellent street entertainers; it’s the perfect place to pick...
London Days Out: A luxury shopping spree in Harrods

London Days Out: A luxury shopping spree in Harrods

Just say the word ‘Harrods’ and images of stylish luxury fill my mind from Yves Saint Laurent couture to Steiff teddy bears, not forgetting, the famous food halls of this, the largest department store in Europe. Covering over 4.5 acres, spread across 5...
London Days Out: The Natural History Museum

London Days Out: The Natural History Museum

I’d heard good things about the Natural History Museum in South Kensington in London, so when we arrived to find a long queue I wasn’t too worried, thinking it would be worth the wait. And boy, was it worth it. Even without a single exhibit inside this is...
Roubaix and the art of reinvention

Roubaix and the art of reinvention

If ever a town has mastered the art of reinvention it has to Roubaix on the outskirts of Lille in northern France. Where else can you dine at a garage or foundry, admire magnificent sculptures and paintings in an art deco swimming pool and sleep in a bubble or an...
Winchester Cathedral, one of the loveliest in England

Winchester Cathedral, one of the loveliest in England

Last year when I visited The Christmas market at Winchester, I took the opportunity to look inside the cathedral and I am so glad I did. Never before have I walked into a building and literally gasped out loud! In the heart of the historic city of Winchester, the...
London Days Out: Brick Lane

London Days Out: Brick Lane

Brick Lane, in a part of East London once known for its slums and Jack the Ripper, has long since been famous for its Indian restaurants, markets and the biggest Bangladeshi community in London. Brick Lane Market The best time to visit Brick Lane is without doubt on a...
London Days Out: Camden’s Markets

London Days Out: Camden’s Markets

Camden is one of my favourite parts of London. Full of life throughout the day and late into the night there’s plenty to see and do there whether you’re looking for interesting shops, great inexpensive restaurants, lively pubs, superb live music or simply...

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