Europe

Living like a local on a Sorrento lemon farm

Living like a local on a Sorrento lemon farm

Famous for its production of protected lemons (like no lemons you have ever tasted), and the region’s most sought-after export, limoncello, Sorrento is a haven for foodies looking to sample a slice of the slow life. The best way to live la dolce vita is to live life like a local on a traditional lemon farm. I was invited to stay at Il GiardinoVigliano in Sorrento, […]

Skiing The Three Valleys on a budget

Skiing The Three Valleys on a budget

The luxury surrounds of Courchevel and the party hotspot of Val Thorens may be among the first resorts skiers think of when planning a trip to the Three Valleys, but Les Menuires – sandwiched in the middle of the vast ski region – is the […]

In search of Menorca’s best beaches

In search of Menorca’s best beaches

Did you know that Menorca boasts more beaches than Ibiza and Majorca combined? It’s just one of the many surprising facts about this Balearic Island that’s often overlooked. When I first visited here many a year ago I was unsure as to what to expect. […]

Amsterdam: In pictures

Amsterdam: In pictures

Spring 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camps, the death of Anne Frank. We take a look at the city she called home for her short, but inspirational life.

Bruges: Best places to eat & drink

Bruges: Best places to eat & drink

Bruges is famous for two reasons – beer and chocolate. And a weekend in the city cannot be complete without sampling both…in copious amounts. But after three short days there, I soon realised there so much more Bruges has to offer to whet your appetite! […]

A Londoner’s guide to Chinese New Year

A Londoner’s guide to Chinese New Year

The Year of the Monkey is nearly upon us and it’s time to celebrate the Chinese New Year in London. On Monday 8th February 2016, the city will come alive with all things Oriental but the celebrations don’t stop there… The Sunday after the big […]

Brunch in SW London: Scoffers Kitchen

Brunch in SW London: Scoffers Kitchen

My love for a good brunch knows no bounds. And regular readers of the blog will know just how far I’ll go for a good Eggs Royale on a Saturday morning. But this week, I deterred slightly from the usual. I went for something different. […]

What to do in Bruges: Weekend Guide

What to do in Bruges: Weekend Guide

Arriving in Bruges is like stepping into a fairy tale. And although discovering this city is best on foot without a map, I wanted to narrow down the essentials must-sees and dos. So here’s our Weekender’s Guide on what to do in Bruges! The streets […]

Review: Les Jardins du Marais

Review: Les Jardins du Marais

The Marais district, literally translated as ‘the marsh’, is certainly one of the trendiest areas of the French capital. But with boutique hotels at every corner, it’s difficult to know where to stay in The Marais. Les Jardins du Marais hotel is located in this […]

Review: Lough Eske Castle Hotel & Spa

Review: Lough Eske Castle Hotel & Spa

As I made my way through emerald-green countryside, the rugged Blue Stack Mountains in the distance lit up in a glorious golden glow as the sun punched through the misty clouds above, I could see straight away why Donegal is one of the most popular […]

Review: Gilpin Hotel & Lake House

Review: Gilpin Hotel & Lake House

Tucked away off a quiet country road, Gilpin Hotel immediately gives the impression of a hidden hideaway and I soon realised what sets it apart. The hotel may be high-end, but it’s also family run and retains a sense of homeliness and warmth; especially when it […]

Review: 42 The Calls, Leeds

Review: 42 The Calls, Leeds

The boutique hotel 42 The Calls – a converted 18th century corn mill on the banks of the River Aire – is situated in the winding, cobbled streets of The Calls, once the heart of the industrial revolution in Leeds. The building was saved from […]