The Secret Cottage Tour of the Cotswolds

The Secret Cottage Tour of the Cotswolds

Peeping through the windows of this pretty chocolate-box, thatched cottage, I see a welcoming sight. A large refectory table is laid with blue and white crockery and fancy pastries abound. As I step inside the heat from the cooking range adds to the warm and inviting...
A bird’s eye view of London from St Paul’s

A bird’s eye view of London from St Paul’s

528 steps to climb, 280 feet off the ground, or in metric, 85.4 metres up, a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral in London would not be complete without seeing the view from the Golden Gallery.

Beheadings, ravens and whopping great diamonds!

Beheadings, ravens and whopping great diamonds!

As I walk through the one foot deep, steel doors, that would have looked more at home protecting a high-tech bank vault in the latest blockbuster, I catch my breath and gaze at the bejewelled sword and scabbard suspended in the air before...
From the finest curries to the best fish ‘n’ chips in London

From the finest curries to the best fish ‘n’ chips in London

With more Indian Restaurants in London than in the whole of Mumbai and Delhi combined, it’s no surprise that you can find some damn fine curries in the capital of what is, after all, a nation of curry lovers. As I stroll up Brick Lane, a street well-known for...
Hoovering Hogwarts (The Making of Harry Potter)

Hoovering Hogwarts (The Making of Harry Potter)

I was surprisingly, unsurprised when I received a text one afternoon simply saying “I’m hoovering Hogwarts”. The sender of the text was indeed referring to the school of witchcraft and wizardry from the magical world of Harry Potter, brought to life...
Midnight by candlelight and an early morning walk in Tromsø

Midnight by candlelight and an early morning walk in Tromsø

Tromsø, over 217 miles north of the Arctic circle and over a thousand miles further north than I had ever been before in my life, is where my Arctic cruise began and ended. On our final evening in Norway we reluctantly disembarked for the very last time but...
Norwegian Arctic Highlights

Norwegian Arctic Highlights

When I was invited to join a Hurtigruten cruise in the Arctic, as you can imagine I eagerly accepted and if you followed my journey on Instagram or Twitter you’ll know what a wonderful time I had. The biggest highlight has to be the husky dog sleigh ride, which...
Racing along the frozen fjords with the huskies

Racing along the frozen fjords with the huskies

“There are moments when you feel nothing else other than being outside together with your dog-team. You forget about the concerns of daily life. You just feel. Moments when the Northern Lights show up, the moon is shining, the ice-crystals in the twigs are...
Instagramming the Arctic, #realNorway

Instagramming the Arctic, #realNorway

I’m back from a truly memorable voyage with Hurtigruten, on the MS Richard With, around Norway, where three of my big travel dreams became a reality: visiting the Arctic, seeing the northern lights and taking a husky dog sleigh ride! I’ve so much to share...
Taking the fast route – confessions of a cruise virgin!

Taking the fast route – confessions of a cruise virgin!

In just a few days time I’ll be off on the adventure of a lifetime cruising with Hurtigruten in the Arctic circle but I have a confession to make – I don’t like cruises! Not that I have ever been on one you understand – I have just never liked...
All aboard for an Arctic adventure with Hurtigruten

All aboard for an Arctic adventure with Hurtigruten

A couple of months ago I received a very exciting invitation and now, I can hardly believe, that in less than two weeks time, I’ll be off on another adventure. Not to Africa or the Med, nor India or anywhere hot and steamy – quite the opposite. I’ll...
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...
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...
Memories of the golden age of travel

Memories of the golden age of travel

When my grandmother set forth in the 1920s on a journey that would take her quite literally around the world it is amazing to think that P&O Ferries were already 90 years old. To this day there is still something romantic about travelling by ship. While for my...
The oriental splendour of the Royal Pavilion, Brighton

The oriental splendour of the Royal Pavilion, Brighton

At the end of the 18th century Brighton, in East Sussex on the south coast of England, was just a small fishing town. Under the patronage of the Prince Regent, later George IV, it started to flourish as a pleasure resort and soon became fashionable with royalty, the...

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