Beautiful Blackpool

For someone who travels to wild and exotic places on a regular basis you wouldn’t expect one of my favourite places to be Blackpool would you? But it is, for lots of different reasons. Living almost all my life in the North West of England (save for short spells in Oslo and Mannheim in Germany )…

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…

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…

What I’d love for Mother’s Day

If you are a mother, Mother’s Day should be the one day a year that you get to be looked after, pampered and waited on hand and foot, although if you are a mother, you’ll know that this rarely happens, not in my household anyway. My daughter is now old enough to earn her own…

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…

#Ubud, Bali – Where #yoga is hard..

In 2014 after a mammoth four-week tour of New Zealand and then a 10-day action packed stay in Sydney, I decided to book us into Uma by Como in Ubud, Bali for four days. The aim being to recharge our batteries before finishing off our epic seven-week holiday with a ten day adventure tour of…

#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…

Help! My daughter borrows my clothes.

My daughter has been borrowing my clothes for a few years now. She’s not very old, in fact she’s not even a teenager, she is however very tall for her age (5ft 6″ to my 5ft 7″). I have no idea why she likes to wear my clothes, it’s certainly not for fashion reasons, she’s…