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A Day in London

A few weeks ago, Phil and I spent the day in London to celebrate his birthday. We put Poppy in day care and headed for the train. We’d planned our day around a few delicious looking cafes and visiting a few places we’d never been before. We started our day with breakfast at Kin. As […]

10 Things to do in Vienna

‘Vienna waits for you…’  Billy JoelWith horse drawn carriages, dreamy palaces and non-stop Beethoven, Vienna was a delight. We stayed at Motel One; an inexpensive and stylish hotel, and did all the touristy stuff. Here are 10 things I’…

Things to do in Exeter

EXPLORING EXETERI recently took part in the First Great Western blogger city exchange, which involved a trip to Exeter travelling by train. I had a wonderful time, spending two nights at the luxurious Magdalen Chapter boutique hotel, formerly The West …

10 Things I Like to do in West Cornwall

We were in Cornwall to celebrate my father’s 70th, and my family (eight of us!) stayed in a splendid Victorian house on the Lizard Peninsula. The views over Kynance Cove were breathtaking, and we enjoyed a gorgeous sunset each evening. As did…

Day Tripper :: Two Beautiful Brighton Shops

On a recent trip to Brighton I fancied seeking out something a little different. I’ve spent most of my life wandering in and out of the vintage shops in the North Laine area, and so I was keen to discover a few new places. You know, shake things up a b…

Ten things to do in Oxford

When I moved to Oxford in 2001, I thought it would only be for a couple of months as I had planned to use the move as a stepping-stone to London. Fourteen years later and I’m still here having never quite made it to the Big Smoke. Oxford worked its peculiar magic on me and […]

‘Famous Chelsea Buns’ at Fitzbillies, Cambridge

‘Photographing a cake can be art’ Irving PennLast time I visited Cambridge I asked Twitter for recommendations. I was expecting people to suggest the Cambridge Colleges or punting on the River Cam, but instead everyone urged me to try a Chelsea bu…

The Emerald Isle

Apologies for the radio silence over the last week or so – I took a much needed vacation and have largely been off social media (apart from posting pictures on Instagram, natch!) I’ve been to Ireland a few times before but I’ve never had the chance to travel around and see what else this beautiful […]

Day Tripper :: Ledbury, Herefordshire

A Grand Day OutLedbury is a small market town and one of my favourite places in Herefordshire. It’s the home of Richard Ashcroft and my uncle Nick, and it’s always on my to-do list when I visit my parents.We are creatures of habit and so we usually sta…

Collecting Joyful Moments #5

‘Always look on the bright side of life’  Monty PythonThis week I thought I’d share the photographs from my trip to York combined with the joys of recent days. I haven’t had the best of weeks and so being a positive person I thought I’d focus on a…

West Coast to East Coast

My body is trying to work out exactly what timezone it’s in having just returned from a trip in the US where I jumped from West Coast to East Coast, losing my sense of time completely on the way. Not only did I have to adapt to two different timezones in a matter of days, I […]

“Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen”

The New Year always starts with my birthday, which is on the 2nd January and wonderfully prolongs the Christmas vacation beyond New Year’s Day. For my birthday, husband wanted to take me away for a weekend city break and I decided on a European city I have always wanted to visit – Copenhagen. I grew […]

2014: A Year in Pictures

‘It was a very good year’  Frank SinatraAs we wave goodbye to 2014 I thought I’d share a few photographs of my year. I’d planned to list a few highlights – turning 40, seeing Kate Bush, travelling, becoming minimalist – but then I thought I’d simp…

A tale of two cities

The past three months have been hectic and I’ve done a rather insane amount of travel for work, which is one of the reasons why I’ve been posting so infrequently on my blog. I went on my final trip this year in the past week to San Francisco and New York, two of my favourite cities in the…Read more A tale of two cities

Athenian beauty

This week I was lucky enough to travel to Athens for work and got a decent amount of downtime to see some of the wonders of this magical city. I have never been to Greece before, so it was quite an experience. Despite being the middle of October (and having come from a week of…Read more Athenian beauty

Ireland and Italy

I’ve been doing a rather insane amount of travel recently, both personally and professionally, and will continue to do so until the end of October (hence why my blog posts have been few and far between lately). I love to travel and feel rather blessed that I get to see so many interesting cities around…Read more Ireland and Italy

Two weeks, four cities

Things have been a little bit quiet on my blog over the last couple of weeks as I had a bit of travel scheduled with work, one of the main perks of my current job. I got to travel back to New York for the second time this year, as well as visit Washington DC, Toronto,…Read more Two weeks, four cities

Tuesday Treat – Train Adventures

I don’t know about you, but I don’t go on the train very often. When I do, it’s like a little adventure and I love every second of it. I’ve recently gone on the train quite a bit (actually, I wrote this on the train!) I love it when you get a seat and room […]

A Spoonful Of Sugar

‘The happiest place on earth’This is my last holiday post and considering how much we did I think four posts is pretty respectable. I haven’t shared my trips to Yosemite National Park or the Grand Canyon because with the exception of a couple…

Vintage Vegas

‘Man, I really like Vegas’  Elvis PresleyThese photographs were taken in Downtown Vegas which felt like stepping onto the set of Viva Las Vegas. I loved the vintage charm and it’s strange to think these slightly kitsch light displays were onc…