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Places to visit outside London and beyond.

Hever Castle

Hever Castle: Anne Boleyn’s Childhood Home

Last updated on March 25th, 2022I do enjoy a jaunt outside of London. Throw in a castle, anything about Henry VIII and a historical pub, and I’m there quicker than you can throw a jousting stick. And Hever Castle in Kent isn’t just any old castle. It was the Boleyn family seat and Anne Boleyn’s…

Waterperry Opera Festival 2021

Waterperry Opera Festival 2021 – Review: The Elixir of Love

Waterperry Opera Festival’s L’elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love) went out with a bang on Tuesday with its final performance of Donizetti’s opera buffa. Sung in English and performed by a youthful, zippy cast, it was a joy for those of us who were so very grateful to be enjoying a “normal” night of opera,…

Carillon Hotel, Miami, Retreat

Retreating at The Carillon Miami

Last updated on June 4th, 2020Miami. The American Riviera with its pastel palaces, its swaying palms and Art Deco curves is one of my favourite haunts when I need a break from the slate-coloured skies at home. Eye-popping art and sleek design sit in every corner and crevice of this sorbet-coloured city, so it’s surprising…

A Tale of Two Cities

Last updated on January 19th, 2019You probably know by now that I am too many nationalities to list and that I was “Born in Paris and Made in London.” I am a true Londoner now, a multi-cultural, multi-national mish-mash, and this city truly is where I belong.  I’ve been a Londoner since 1988 (with a…

Lalique factory, Lalique museum, Lalique hotel

Rene Lalique – The Glass Wizard

Last updated on June 2nd, 2021Think Lalique, and you think glass, non? But there’s so much more to this French design giant, dubbed the “creator of modern jewellery.” And following a whirlwind trip to the Lalique factory and museum in Alsace, the legendary Villa René Lalique with its two Michelin-star restaurant, and an overnight stay…

top travel experiences, once in a lifetime experiences, ravello, catacombs, Pink Floyd, Iguazu, Colombe d’Or, Chevre d’Or, Villa Cimbrone

My top once in a lifetime experiences

This month’s travel link up is all about those once in a lifetime experiences. My intrepid exploration list includes navigating the underbelly of Paris, watching Pink Floyd in the world’s most beautiful palace, listening to the thunderous roar of waterfalls, having lunch in the Côte d’Azur rain (twice) and treading the boards of La Scala…

Castletownshend, Skibbereen, Rineen Woods

Castletownshend and Skibbereen: An Irish Love Story

Last updated on March 3rd, 2021My little nook of Irish paradise is in Castletownshend, West Cork, an hour and a half west of Cork airport and close to the picturesque market town of Skibbereen. It’s a tiny fishing village and it’s been my holiday home for the last 28 years. There are two things of…

Algarve Guide

The Algarve: This Shore is More

Last updated on May 15th, 2022Mykonos may be alluring, Ibiza tantalizing, and St Tropez may have the ultimate swagger, but the Algarve in Portugal is my port of call for dreamy, charming and authentic. And the light: at sunrise, it’s luminescent with shades of cotton candy and bluebells; at sunset, it dissolves listlessly into a…

Amalfi, Ravello, Gore Vidal, Santa Caterina

An Amalfian Love Story

Last updated on March 3rd, 2021My Italian memory starts with a train journey from Sorrento to Pompeii at the age of eight. It was a packed and rickety train, winding its agitated way from Sorrento, as hot as a Neoplitan pizza oven. A short, stout and rather ancient-looking Italian man decided to pinch my mother,…