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What NOT to wear on a long haul flight………

I have a problem when I fly……what to wear.  I want to be comfortable but stylish without being too over the top.  We all know those sorts of outfits are the worst to put together and I always leave thinking I have it right but later find my new flat (sensible!) ankle strap (didn’t think […]

Our Normandy Adventure: Part III

Day 4 One thing you have to do when in France is to try a French breakfast and make it local.  We headed to the tiny bakery in Saint-Aubin-Sur-Mer and were like kids in a sweet shop.  The range was quite astonishing considering its size. We picked an apple based pastry and a custard filled […]

Our Normandy Adventure: Part II

Day 2 Caen Feeling refreshed after a great night’s sleep, we set off at around 9am to Caen.  Caen was heavily bombed in the war and was left with just one medieval street remaining. However, the city does not look as modern as some of the others which rose from the ashes.  The cathedral, rebuilt after […]

Our Normandy Adventure: Part I

As I walked along the beach at Omaha, still golden in the low winter sun, watching families building sandcastles and holding the hand of my better half, I could not imagine the horrors that struck this place just 72 years ago.  That’s tangible history and yet it didn’t seem possible watching the scene unfold before […]

Seaweed Gin

I visited a wonderful distillery near New Quay in Wales a few years ago now but it’s still one I always recommend as it’s so unusual and tastes amazing.  This place is terrific.  It’s small, friendly, organic and it makes and sells a different kind of gin to the ones you get on the supermarket […]

For the love of Baklava

One of my all time favourite desserts is Baklava and the best I have ever tasted was in Fiskardo, Kefalonia (although my parents have just returned from the island and still say mine is better and so I will take that!). Mine is a combination of a traditional Greek receipe and Lorraine Pascal’s baklava recipe. Give it a […]

Cycle the Camino de Santiago

This 500 mile route stretching through the north of Spain has been witness to thousands of pilgrims each making their way to Santiago de Compostela’s Cathedral, the final restring place of St James.  The pilgrimage is believed by some to be one of three pilgrimages for which the sins of the pilgrim will be forgiven. […]

10 things to do in New York this winter!

Stop for drinks on the 8th floor of The Marriott Hotel in Times Square.  It’s not very expensive when you consider its location and the view you get of Times Square. Catch the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City with the Rockettes from November.  For all Scrooges out there, be warned!  It’s very happy and Christmassy […]

Iceland: Your 5 Night Winter Getaway

Day 1 It’s an early start!  Depart the UK on an early flight and arrive in Iceland in time for lunch.  As you venture outside for the first time, the place feels grey and almost of another time.  It’s cold, quiet and eerie but very intriguing.  You can buy your return bus ticket into town in advance or […]

The Famous Five

The Cinque Terre walk (Italy) can be completed within a day.  The route takes in the 5 pretty villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and finally Riomaggiore. Taking some time to stop in each, the route is likely to take about 7 hours (5 hours walking and 2 hours for sight seeing and refuelling.  You […]

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