A Trio of Giveaways for Travel Addicts!

A Trio of Giveaways for Travel Addicts!

While I wouldn’t describe myself as a comper (a person who regularly enters competitions as a hobby or career) I do love indulging in the occasional travel giveaway and I’ve won some wonderful things over the years. What’s more I enjoy running them on my blog as much as entering them and I’ve a great little giveaway of my own at the end of this post but first I’d like to introduce you to the Matthews…

Where and what to eat in Victoria, British Columbia

Where and what to eat in Victoria, British Columbia

Giant waffles, served with bacon, berries and lashings of maple syrup. Just the thought of it now has me nearly dribbling over my laptop (sorry). Sadly I had food envy as my eggs faded in comparison to the delight on a plate that my fellow blogger was devouring. A week of eating like this though would really flummox my fight against the pounds. The food in Canada, however, was so very good throughout that the battle was lost before it had begun. And I indulged… a lot.

The best hotels in Goa, from the finest in luxury to old world charm

The best hotels in Goa, from the finest in luxury to old world charm

A riot of colour. A gentle pace of life. Palm trees, tumbling bourgainvillea and white sandy beaches that stretch for miles. Temples and churches. Jungles to explore. And not forgetting some of the most delicious food I’ve ever tasted. Goa is a perfect holiday destination for me. Having spent a wonderful week here visiting hotels with The Goa Experience here’s my pick of my favourite 5 places to stay in this magical corner of India.

London’s Love Festival with a gorgeous Italian

London’s Love Festival with a gorgeous Italian

Last weekend I had a wonderful day out at the Southbank Centre’s Festival of Love in London, discovering some fascinating exhibitions and art installations, as well as the great food market that is held there every weekend. Accompanying me were not one, but two, loves-of-my-love, namely Neill my half Italian, half English fiancé and a gorgeous leather handbag from Maxwell Scott Bags, that likewise is half English and half Italian. A winning combination indeed.

Finding my Nirvana in Mallorca

Finding my Nirvana in Mallorca

Earlier this year I spent a wonderful weekend in Mallorca, an island that I love. My visit this time may have only been brief but it was a real treat staying at what I now consider to be the best spa hotel in Mallorca, if not the whole of Spain, Hotel BonSol. A gem of...
Middle Eastern delights on a Food Tour in Dubai

Middle Eastern delights on a Food Tour in Dubai

The salty smell of fish fills my nostrils and the hubbub from the traders and buyers invade my ears. Outside the latest catch is being auctioned. It’s so fresh that the fish are still wriggling. Your senses come alive at Dubai’s fish market, the colourful...
Book Review: The Whispering Wind by Lexa Dudley

Book Review: The Whispering Wind by Lexa Dudley

Anyone who visits the Mediterranean island of Sardinia is almost certain to fall head-over-heels for her charms, just as I did. From the stunning mountain scenery and beautiful beaches to the welcoming people and delicious cuisine, I loved it all. And when asked to...
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...
Be a Travel Writer, Live your Dreams, Sell your Features

Be a Travel Writer, Live your Dreams, Sell your Features

Kira, pins, belt, it was all there, beautifully laid out on the bed, but how do you put on a Bhutanese dress? Perhaps the hotel staff could help? ‘‘Sorry, madam, too early, no ladies on duty.’’ There I was in a hotel room, 5.30 in the morning, with two men I’d...
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...
My top 5 most romantic hotels

My top 5 most romantic hotels

Having worked in the travel industry for over 17 years, I feel very lucky to have visited some amazing places on photographic assignments and press trips, as well as some wonderful holidays and I’ve stayed in some very special hotels. In recognition of St...
A night on the river in Makasutu Forest

A night on the river in Makasutu Forest

As I lie in bed I can feel a gentle movement in the decking beneath me or is it my imagination. I listen to the creaks and groans of the wood… splashes of water… silence… another splash. Getting out of bed I draw back the muslin curtains and catch my...
What makes the perfect hotel?

What makes the perfect hotel?

During #BlogGambia I was lucky enough to stay at Ngala Lodge, a lovely boutique hotel, perched on the rust-coloured cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. I’ve stayed here a few times now and it is one of my all-time-favourite hotels; the suites are very...

Travel Blogs to Follow in 2013

I recently wrote an article for 101 Holidays on the Best Travel Blogs to Follow in 2013. My aim was to gather together a collection of great blogs, from independent travel bloggers, covering a wide range of tastes and interests, something for everyone I hope. Most of...
A Victorian Christmas Festival

A Victorian Christmas Festival

For one weekend every year the historic docklands of Portsmouth are transformed into a scene straight out of a Dickensian novel! Singing street urchins, chimney sweeps and ladies of the night (hold on to your husbands girls) are among the many characters...
Pairing Italian Wine and Food

Pairing Italian Wine and Food

When Vino Roma invited me as their guest to one of their wine tours in Rome I thought it would be rude to say no and promptly almost bite their hand of saying… Yes please! I opted for their wine and cheese lunch as I was fascinated to learn about pairing food...
Teppanyaki culinary extravaganza in Camden, London

Teppanyaki culinary extravaganza in Camden, London

Last weekend I had a really wonderful night out at SEN NIN – Japanese Teppanyaki & Sushi Restaurant in Camden, London. Update: The Islington branch is now closed For someone who loves Chinese, Thai, Indian, Italian, West African… in fact every type of...

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