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In pictures: summer at Hampton Court Palace gardens

We feel very lucky to live down the road from one of the most impressive Royal Palaces in England. Although it hasn’t inhabited by the British Royal Family since the 18th century, it was once Henry VIII’s favourite royal hangout and his intended bride Anne Boleyn apparently spent the equivalent of around 18 million pounds turning the residence into the palace of their dreams….

Posted on: July 22nd in Our Trips, UK by .

Inside the Ferrari Driver Academy: an afternoon in the slow lane

Once-in-a-lifetime opportunities don’t come along all that often (funnily enough), and having been offered the chance to fly to Italy and go behind the scenes at Ferrari, this was one that couldn’t be turned down…

Posted on: July 17th in Our Trips, Travel by .

Phantom of the Opera – VIP backstage tour, dinner and show

Perhaps it’s showing my age a little but I remember a time when Andrew Lloyd Webber’s famous musical seemed to rule the eighties. All power ballads, big hair and high drama, everyone knew at least one of the show’s tunes and tales of obsessive multiple viewings were rife (apparently even Princess Diana was a super-fan had seen it many times from the comfort of the Royal Box)….

Posted on: June 9th in Our Trips, Travel, UK by .

In pictures: a journey through Morocco

On the 18th May we flew out to the exotic North African country to start our seven night Moroccan adventure with the independent travel experts Rickshaw Travel. Starting in Marrakech we tackled the terracotta mazes of the Medina, learned how to cook tagines in Lalle Fatima’s cooking school, drove through the hair-pin bends of the Atlas mountains, rode camels through the Sahara desert, explored ancient fortress towns and stayed some of the most delicately ornate Riads…

Posted on: June 2nd in Africa, Our Trips, Travel by .

In pictures: a day out in Cambridge, England

The popular university city of Cambridge epitomises quintessential Englishness – here messing about on the river and sipping Pimms on the perfectly manicured lawns are enduring summer pastimes. It’s a beautiful preserved, time-warpish place with spectacular architecture, world-famous colleges and where preppy attired locals whizz around on bicycles….

Posted on: May 12th in Our Trips, UK by .

Maltby Market – London’s new foodie heaven

Maltby Market is a place I’ve been hearing a lot about recently and curiosity finally got the better of me. I wouldn’t exactly say my London friends were shouting about it, more of a whisper of ‘I know this great place but don’t tell anyone in case it gets too busy’…

Posted on: May 9th in Our Trips, UK by .

How to pack light and still look fabulous on your weekend away

So you’ve booked your flights, found your passport and now you’ve just got to decide what to pack. Much of our travelling is made up of short city breaks, and something we’re often asked is what we pack when we go away. If you’re just planning just to take carry-on luggage…

Posted on: April 29th in Our Trips by .

In pictures: views of Brighton, England

Sometimes called ‘London by the sea’, this hip and happening South coast city continues to surprise and intrigue its many visitors. Easily one of the best loved seaside cities in the UK and definitely the most fun, Brighton is the place to head to on a sunny Bank Holiday. Despite having all the usual seaside clichés of a pier, fairground rides and candyfloss…

Posted on: April 25th in Our Trips, UK by .

In BIG pictures: a journey through Cuba

Cuba had been at the top of my travel bucket list for years (I blame Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights) and last month I finally got to fulfil my dream spending two weeks travelling through the land of salsa, rum and endless Caribbean sunshine….

Posted on: March 6th in Caribbean, Our Trips by .

In BIG pictures: a wintry Devon, England

Although mostly deserted this time of year, coastal counties in England take on a new kind of beauty during the winter months. From the proud historical city of Exeter to the seaside town of Teignmouth here are hauntingly beautiful scenes of a wintry Devon, England…

Posted on: February 13th in Our Trips, Travel, UK by .
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