England: Afternoon Tea, The Waldorf Hilton, London

If you have read my Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley post or follow me on Intagram you will realise my love for the quintessential British tradition – Afternoon Tea is something I take very seriously. It is also something I try to partake in at every opportunity so when my husband and I visited London for a cheeky break last weekend it was essential that I had somewhere booked to cure my craving. As soon as our weekend was confirmed…

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England: Welcome/Goodbye – Searcys Champagne Bar, London

‘Champagne is one of the elegant extras in life’ Charles Dickens I’ll be honest I’m not a massive champagne drinker. For me it is something enjoyed on a special occasion – at a wedding, birthday, job promotion etc. not my usual tipple of choice. However on a couple of occasions I have indulged in a nice cold glass or two from Searcys Champagne Bar in St Pancras train station in London. The first time I took my cousin for her…

England: Ashby Woulds Lodges, Derbyshire, Midlands

If you have read my post Parmontley Hall County Lodges you will know I love weekends away in a lodge with a hot tub. I usually have 3 or 4 of these weekends a year either with my husband or with friends, this time it was with both. We met a wonderful couple in Boa Vista, Cape Verde back in 2012 and have met up back in England on a regular basis. With one of their 30th birthdays coming up my…

Italy: Falling in Love In Florence

I recently wrote a post entitled (My) 5 Most Romantic Cities in Europe and Florence, Italy topped my list. Florence is my piece of heaven on earth. It’s my favourite city ever and the city that kicked off my love of Italy and all things Italian. I had been on half a dozen dates with a guy at the beginning of 2007 and he asked ‘have you ever been to Florence? Wanna go with me next week?’ Eh? Florence? A…

Europe: Top 5 Romantic Cities in Europe

‘Love is in the air, everywhere I look around…..’. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching it has got me thinking about my Top 5 Most Romantic Cities in Europe………………..

England: Afternoon Tea, The Berkeley, London

Afternoon tea – a British tradition and something I absolutely love and cannot get enough of. If you follow me on Instagram you will see photographic evidence that I am an afternoon tea addict – FACT! Therefore I take the opportunity to indulge in my addiction as often as possible. So when my best friend and I made a flying visit to London we decided to have afternoon tea at The Berkeley Hotel, Wilton Place, Knightsbridge. The Berkeley is a…

England: I Love London!

London – the big smoke! The capital of an amazing country (maybe I’m slightly biased). I love London although like many Brits – I wouldn’t want to live there, the only reason being I think it would lose its shine. Can you believe I was born and have lived in England all my life, I had visited numerous other capital cities around the world yet had NEVER visited London until I was 24! Almost a quarter of a century without…

Belgium: Atomium in Brussels

The Atomium in Brussels, Belgium was designed by engineer André Waterkeyn and architects André and Jean Polak for the 1958 Expo 58 which I imagine was a very forward thinking piece of architecture for the 50s. Even now I think it looks ahead of its time and ‘space age’ nearly 60 years on. According to trusty old wikipedia ‘it stands 102 m (335 ft) tall. Its nine 18 m (59 ft) diameter stainless steel clad shares are connected so that the whole forms the shape of a unit…

Belgium: Top 5 Things To Do In Brussels

Having been to Bruges (numerous times) and Ghent in Belgium I expected more of the same from Brussels….how wrong was I? This is a city, which marches on at a quicker pace than the smaller towns I have previously visited. Brussels is the largest city and the capital of Belgium with a population of approximately 1.2 million people. The main language here is French and there are plenty of things to see, do and taste…yes taste! My Brussels Top 5…