A guide to the Amalfi Coast

Thinking of visiting Italy’s beautiful Amalfi Coast? Here’s all the information you need to plan your trip.

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Ten happy things – August 18

Every month I look back and pick ten things that made me happy. There were a few things that made me unhappy (including a nightmare trying to sort out my South African passport) but I’ll leave those for another post! Here’s my ten happy things for August. The ponds at Hampstead Heath The first Friday in August was absolutely glorious and I happened to have the day off. In all my years of living in London, and fairly close to the Heath, I had never been to the ponds – so off I went. I stupidly thought most people would…

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Take a chance on me

Want to change your career but not sure how? This post is for you.

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Learning to cook a Persian Feast with Waitrose

Last week I went along to the Waitrose Cookery School in Finchley Road to attend their Persian Feast cooking course. Here’s how it went. The class started at 10 am and there was a light breakfast served upon arrival of warm pastries, fresh fruit and yoghurt with orange juice, tea and coffee. We could also help ourselves to tea, coffee and water throughout the day.  The menu The class lasts five hours (from 10 am to 3 pm) and in that time you cook and eat three delicious courses. Our teacher for the day was chef Omar, who has taught…

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A boutique stay at Casa Buonocore in Positano

We’ve visited Positano at least three times (might be four but I can’t remember!) and always stayed at the same hotel. This year, five years after our last visit, we thought we’d try somewhere different. After a bit of research, we decided on Casa Buonocore – a boutique hotel. Why? One of the reasons was their beautiful decor. Lots of hotels in Italy, even if they are five star, are quite outdated and old fashioned. Located on the main road, although 70 steps above road level, it boasts a prime position. It’s a mere 2 minute walk to the centre…

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