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Amsterdam like a local

February 23, 2015

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My first trip to Amsterdam was in my early twenties and is possibly one of the best weekends, ever. Not that any of us can remember that much of it. And I have been back on business a number of times. Even sneaking off one weekday afternoon to visit the Anne Frank House (touristy yes, […]

Lyon, and west to St Genix, St Pierre de Chartreuse and Cremieu

January 31, 2015

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I hate New Year. Planned fun never quite works out and on NYE you pay twice as much to be surrounded by ten times more people. Bah humbug. So I escaped to Lyon where some friends have bought a ramshackle manor house that they are doing up (and I suspect will continue to do so for […]

A little bit of Andalucian heaven: Vejer and Conil

October 23, 2014

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After a whirlwind 36 hours in Seville we were looking for something a little more relaxed…. Fortunately for us a friend offered his place in Vejer de la Frontera – a perfect Andalucian whitewashed village on top of a hill near the coast, a short drive from Cadiz and with views to Morocco from the roof […]

A feast of senses in Sevilla

October 23, 2014

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Just back from a whirlwind tour of Seville and am still on a high so want to share what I found so utterly brilliant. We were in Seville for 36 hours so I’m going to take you through it New York Times style…Arrive late on Friday night, check into the Hotel Hospes del Rey and go for Tapas […]

Marylebone: my village in central London

October 5, 2014

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I’ve recently  moved back to London, and managed to find the best seat in town – Marylebone. Central with a W1 postcode and a short walk to Mayfair, Fitzrovia and Soho, great transport and a real village feel, what’s not to love? The high street reminds me of being in Paris a little, especially on […]

Unexpected R&R in Malta

July 14, 2014

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A friend and I needed a bit of R&R and found ourselves in Malta after spying great deal on Secret Escapes. Staying at the Corinthia Palace in the centre of the island with full breakfast and access to the spa for circa £250 each for four nights. Bargain. And to boot the hotel staff are […]

Barcelona: the city that has it all

June 18, 2014

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Oh where to start with Barcelona. Small windy pedestrian streets, beautiful plazas, hills, museums, food (of the food) and a beach. The city has it all. I was there recently for a conference and got a sneak peak at a few amazing places…. My first night I was taken to a fabulous little place called Canete where the […]