Tantalising Toronto

One of my best friends emigrated to Toronto four years ago. It was a suprise departure because she kept it secret from us all until it was actually time to go. At first I was disappointed, I already have two friends in the East (they decamped to Dubai 10 years ago), but then I realised…

Yorkshire Sculpture Park – Spring 2017

I’ve just come back from a return trip to Yorkshire Sculpture Park. I first visited in January 2017 and I enjoyed it so much I couldn’t wait to go again. As per my visit in January it rained, this time it was torrential, but it didn’t really matter because there were so many new exhibits on…

Delightful Dubrovnik

My parents are currently living it up in Dubrovnik exactly two years after I visited the city to rapturous acclaim. Every day for the next week I will be reminded of the glorious week I spent there courtesy of my Facebook memories so I thought it was time to put pen to paper – so…

Mary Quant in Manchester

I’ve never heard of the Gallery of Costume in Manchester. I’m well aware of the Costume Institute at The Met in NYC, particularly given the annual Met Gala on Monday night, but when my o/h suggested we visit the one in Manchester, it left me slightly confused, and a bit miffed that I’d never been…

Living it up in Lucca, Tuscany

Last week, after an amazing twelve years we said goodbye to our incredible Tuscan villa, which is located in the hills behind Lucca. It’s been an epic adventure – one which has brought joy and happiness to everyone that’s been lucky to enjoy the place with us. Sadly, however, it’s time to say goodbye and…

Bustling Bilbao

Spain has never really been on my radar as a holiday destination. Sure I’ve been to Barcelona (who hasn’t?) and Madrid too, plus (ahem) a few trips to Marbella in my youth. But Northern Spain, the Basque Country had never really entered my head until I read that Louise Bourgeois was exhibiting at the Guggenheim…

#Oscar winners? My predictions…

I love the cinema. I go a lot. I’m lucky, there’s a big multiplex at the end of my road so there’s simply no excuse. At this time of the year there’s an abundance of films to watch, what with them all vying for awards glory. I like to see them all before the Oscar…

Super Cool #Stockholm

I’ve travelled a fair bit around Scandinavia and the Baltic States but somehow Stockholm has eluded me – until now that is. With the announcement of cheap fares by SAS Go direct from the North of England we didn’t have an excuse not to visit. So, after a mammoth seven week half term (our daughter…

#Abba – Lycra, sequins, feathers, spandex glitter and dungarees

If you ever get chance to visit Stockholm, the Abba museum is a must. Of course their music speaks for itself, 400 million records sold worldwide, but from a fashion perspective, the chance to see some of their show costumes makes the entrance fee seriously worth the investment (208 SEK at time of writing). Abba…

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

If you want to sample some of the finest sculpture in England, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) is the best place to go. It had been recommended to me several times, by several different people, but for some reason it took me ages to decide to make the drive over to West Bretton, near Wakefield in…