Celebrating Canada at 150 – Cycling in the Canadian Rockies

Canada is renowned for its untouched, unspoiled beauty and one of the best ways to see it, to get in and amongst its rich flora and fauna, is to cycle. Visiting Canada during July gives you the best weather but also, in the middle of peak season, it gives you the crowds. Hoards of tourists…

Visit Beautiful Iceland

In November, I travelled to Iceland, and never before have I been so bowled over by country, a landscape. Being British, it has felt natural that previous holidays have been sun-seekers; travelling to find that guaranteed warmth that England, bless it, just cannot promise. But last November, curve ball; Iceland. We arrived at their only…

London HotSpot – Columbia Road Flower Market

This has been my hot discovery of the week – London’s Columbia Road Flower Market in East London. It’s just wonderful. Flowers of all shapes and sizes – 20 white roses for £5, Orchids for £5. Tray upon tray of pretty little bedding plants, all well priced and turning their colourful faces up towards the…

Barcelona, Antoni Gaudi, and Travelling Solo…

Another bucket list check box, ticked! Travelling, totally on my tod, to Barcelona was a wonderful experience. The city, bubbling with cultural fascinations and geographical beauty, was perfect for my first solo adventure. Upon arrival to Barcelona, I took a short metro journey to the centre of Barcelona’s tourist area and Old Town, Las Ramblas….

Spa Hot Spot – Aire de Barcelona

Oh, Aire de Barcelona, you treated me so well! Whilst on holiday, a little excursion by myself to Barcelona (more on that later), I had to take part in some indulgent solo pampering, so I headed for Barcelona’s popular and beautifully traditional spa, Aire de Barcelona. Situated on the central street, Passeig Picasso, which runs…

A Country Weekend Achievement List…

It’s always lovely to take time away from the Big Smoke and find yourself somewhere that is pretty much 50% green and 50% blue… not London’s 50% grey, 50% other. The air is thick and sweet with the smell of summer pollen, a lovely change from the cocktail of cigarette smoke and exhaust fumes. Whilst…

England… A Country I’d Marry.

As an English person, I have, as do most of my compatriots, a constant radar tracked on the weather. If I am not rejoicing at a sudden spell of sunshine then I’m complaining about it raining at the worst moment… like when it is imperative that you look your most brilliant but then find that…

A Rhyme for Rain

Water, water, coming down And drenching all my city, You swallow every surface dull, My face too, more’s the pity.

I’m a little bit Country…

This weekend, I was coaxed back home to the countryside, I have no ‘home’ there, just a guest room to occupy temporarily, but be it habit or be it the countryside itself, I always call it home. (I suppose London is my adoptive home, lucky London.) I returned home to finally step into the pointed,…

Willkommen in der Schweiz

I love a bit of spontaneity, and that’s exactly what this trip to Switzerland was; a trip with a friend to see a culinary school in Lucerne that became a pure pleasure trip for me with only a week and a half’s notice. Free hotel, just pay for travel, how could I say no? A…