Secret London, unusual places to visit in London

Secret London, unusual places to visit in London

Down narrow passageways overflowing with antiquities, busts, life masks and architectural features bathed in an amber glow, I wander around this unusual townhouse in London. Every inch of wall space and every nook and many a cranny is filled with sculptures and...
Ispica, getting off the beaten track in Sicily

Ispica, getting off the beaten track in Sicily

As I a gaze upwards and my eyes drink in the colourful fresco above me, I notice a large brush stroke that looks out of place. My guide explains that this is the last fresco painted by Olivio Sòzzi, a prolific artist whose work adorns many churches and...
A magical Christmas at Château Vaux-le-Vicomte

A magical Christmas at Château Vaux-le-Vicomte

As the door opened everyone gasped in unison. A bright blue life-size hot air balloon filled the adjacent room, rising up out of a glistening snow-covered forest. A big brown bear in the basket waved down at us. These enchanting festive displays made me feel like a...
How to make the perfect Christmas pudding

How to make the perfect Christmas pudding

As I stir the Christmas pudding mix, I make a wish, as do each of us in turn. We are gathered in the stunning Jacobean Hall of a former medieval coaching inn now a luxury hotel, The Spread Eagle in Midhurst, West Sussex. It’s the Sunday before Advent Sunday and...
Make it a Red Letter Day with an experience gift this Christmas

Make it a Red Letter Day with an experience gift this Christmas

As I lie on my back looking up at the sky, a golden oak leaf dances above me whipped up by the wind. The burnished gold of the trees looks glorious set against the blue sky, with just a few fluffy white clouds floating by. A couple behind the trees at the edge of the...
Learning how to make cheddar cheese in Cheddar Gorge

Learning how to make cheddar cheese in Cheddar Gorge

As I make my way through the dimly lit caves, I wonder how many years ago the strange, surreal structures that surrounded me were formed. We pass rocks which appear to flow like a waterfall and in one spot I feel I can almost make out an angst-filled face screaming in...
Top 10 things to do in London at Christmas

Top 10 things to do in London at Christmas

Famous department stores decorated in festive bling, twinkling lights draped above the streets as bright red double-decker buses pass by and sparkling Christmas trees of every size are plentiful. Wine is mulling, chestnuts are roasting and a rosy-cheeked,...
10 wonderful places to visit in October

10 wonderful places to visit in October

One of my favourite times of year for travel is October, as the days grow shorter and the weather becomes cooler. Both in the UK and throughout the rest of Europe there’s less demand for holiday packages and hotel rooms, so prices drop and popular locations are...
Autumn walks around Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve

Autumn walks around Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve

Each autumn across the English countryside, there’s a soft light that’s particularly lovely early in the morning or late in the afternoon, casting long shadows and an ethereal glow across the landscape. One of my favourite places to enjoy autumn walks in...
Keep discovering – 15 exotic places to visit in the UK

Keep discovering – 15 exotic places to visit in the UK

This summer I‘ve taken a break from travelling overseas to spend more time with my family and friends. I’m also using the opportunity to explore local places, which I’m excited to share with you  – my 15 favourite exotic locations...

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