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New York; April 2012; April 2014

|Then| You stay in an apartment on Clifton Street in the Lower East Side, eat mac n cheese at Schiller’s Liquor Bar, walk the Highline, drink a lot of martinis. You are at odds, both empty and conflicted. It was just … Continue reading

New York!

I can hardly believe it but I’m finally heading to New York in just two short weeks! I’m staying with my Aunt and her family but will be spending much of my time exploring the city. I’m there for just under a week and have already started planning the places I will visit and see […]

NYE in Spain

Suffering from the Christmas blues, compounded by the horrible storms we’ve had for the past few weeks, husband and I decided to get away to the blue skies of Spain. We flew out to Alicante on the 27th to celebrate […]

2013: A Year in Pictures

‘Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you’ll look back and realise they were the big things.’With just a few days of the year remaining, I thought I would tie up 2013 in a big turquoise bow ready to place on a shelf. It’s been a truly wonderful…

Fairytale of New York

‘Sinatra was swinging, all the drunks they were singing.We kissed on the corner. Then danced through the night’  Shane MacGowan & Jem Finer I wonder if New York is the most sung about city? My New York soundtrack was Paul Simon’s 1972 son…

Peter Rabbit and a Gramophone

‘Once upon a time there were four little rabbits, and their names were – Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail and Peter.’  Beatrix PotterIt was my second time in York so I knew exactly where I wanted to go in the very little time I had. I visited the …

#BEDN ~ Leaving on a Jet Plane

I love everything about going abroad. From spending time at the airport and watching films on the plane, to exploring new places and going on adventures! Having not had much money of late, trips abroad have been few & far between, so here are a few of my favourite foreign adventures. Iceland We went to […]

Undressing Israel (2013) Trailer

Think you know Israel? Michael Lucas sets out to change people’s perceptions of gay rights in the country and shines a spotlight on Tel Aviv’s flourishing gay scene in a new documentary. Lucas (of Lucas Studios fame) takes a look […]

Happy Halloween from New York City

‘Trick or Treat?’I don’t know about you but I love a good pumpkin, and in New York they were everywhere. In fact Halloween was everywhere. Pumpkins in doorways, on steps, outside shops and piled up beside produce stores. There really was no escaping th…

New York City and Cara Delevingne

‘I want to wake up, in a city that doesn’t sleep’  Frank SinatraAlthough this was my third trip to New York I found it as overwhelming as the first. New York city makes me feel like a child again, and I lost count of the times I gasped ’wow!’…

Waddesdon Manor

I have visited a number of manors and stately homes this year – Claydon House, Basildon Park, Castle Howard, Sudbury Hall, and Lyme Park – so it was only a matter of time before husband and I visited one of the most popular and spectacular in the local area: Waddesdon Manor. Built by Baron Ferdinand […]

Afternoon Tea in Bath

Bath is one of my favourite cites along with London, Oxford (obviously) and Brighton, it’s just gorgeous, and a great place to explore. Afternoon tea is always on the menu when visiting a historic city, and Bea’s Vintage Tea Rooms couldn’t have been an…

Gromit Couture

‘Poochadelic’ by Lisa HassellIn early September I conquered half of the Bristol Gromit trail photographing 42 out of the 80 Gromits on display. The atmosphere in Bristol was brilliant as people followed the trail, each clutching hold of a Gromit m…

Visiting My Namesake: São Paulo

So I went to Brazil for the weekend, as you do, mainly for business but I managed to squeeze a little pleasure in there too. I’ve always wanted to visit São Paulo and when the opportunity in the office came along, I was first in line. I was staying in the Paulista area, just by Avenida […]

Summer’s Almost Gone

‘at night, we swam the laughing sea, when summer’s gone where will we be’  The DoorsWe seem to be gripping tightly onto the final days of summer, before autumn is all around us like a familiar, over sized jumper. I’m looking forward to captur…

A Tour of Britain

During the summer holiday, husband and I usually go away somewhere abroad, often in search of sunshine and relaxation. Buoyed by the unusually sunny weather in the UK over the past few months and having already travelled extensively this year, we decided we would stay in England’s green and pleasant land. We thought it would […]

Beach House

The beginning of August was spent with my family at a stylish beach house overlooking the golden sands of Woolacombe. We indulged in the usual Devonshire pursuits – quaint fishing villages, fish and chips, cream teas, sunsets, seagull dodging, ice crea…

Staycationing

On Friday I will be making my way down to Cornwall for a weeks holiday. Staycationing in the UK has always been something of a risky business: good weather can lead to blissful days on the beach, while bad weather … Continue reading 

I Love Chicago

Until this year, I had never been to the Midwest, let alone Chicago, and yet this has been my third visit to the ‘Windy City’ in six months. The first time was in the grip of winter at Christmas and New Year and I took lots of wintry images of the Midwest. I visited again […]

Fiesta and Fireworks in Moraira, Spain

I’ve been to Moraira in Spain many times before but never during the Fiesta of the Virgen del Carmen which takes place in mid-July. This fiesta lasts exactly one week and most nights there are parties on the beach and some of the most spectacular fireworks displays ever to be seen. The culmination of this […]