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…

Reykjavik – Hot and cool at the same time.

  I’ve just booked a return trip to Reykjavik for December 2017. I don’t often go back to the same place twice, save Sydney and New York, however the last time we visited we got stuck in a snow storm so bad that we ended up missing most of the sights. So, alongside the not…

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…

Holiday Packing Dilemmas

I’m going to Burma next week. I know I should call it by it’s real name (Myanmar) but whenever people ask me where I’m going on my holidays and I say Myanmar, they look at me totally clueless so I have to explain it’s Burma. I’ve always wanted to explore Myanmar. I love South East…

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…

Kaftans

Who doesn’t love a kaftan? When I eventually achieve my dream of emigrating to Sydney (Australia) I’m going to live in kaftans – even in winter – probably over jeans – but nevertheless that’s what I’m going to wear. It’s no surprise that Camilla Franks, the Australian woman behind the brand hails from Sydney (you…

#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…

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…

Outstanding #Oslo

  I worked in Oslo as a young twenty-something. I was heading up the PR for the merger of two Telecoms companies and flew back and forth from the UK. All I can remember about that time was meeting rooms and transit airports. In those days there wasn’t a direct flight so I either flew…