A luxury boutique stay at The First Roma

Heading to Rome and wondering where to stay? There are thousands of hotels, B&Bs and guest houses in Rome that you can choose from, making it fairly difficult to make a decision as to where to stay – particularly if it’s your first visit. We’ve been to Rome many times so we were looking for a 5 star hotel that was modern, centrally located and wouldn’t break the bank. We found just that in The First Roma. The location Situated down a quiet side street, The First Roma is just a few minutes walk from Piazza di Popolo, Via del…

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Five things to do in York

My husband treated me to a weekend in York as part of my birthday present. We’d been before but about ten years ago to spend the weekend with my sister and her family, when they still lived in Edinburgh. I had forgotten just how gorgeous York is and I can’t believe it took us this long to go back! York is so full of ancient history and is one of England’s most beautiful historic cities, dating back to Roman times. York’s medieval buildings and streets are so well preserved and a lot of the streets are pedestrianised, making it ideal…

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Luxury and history at Grays Court hotel in York

My husband had organised a weekend in York as part of my birthday present, with a stay at the historic Grays Court. We were meant to go the first weekend in March but unfortunately the ‘beast from the east’ scuppered those plans when our train was cancelled! In a way it was a shame as I’m sure York would have looked absolutely beautiful in the snow but it also would have been pretty cold and miserable to walk around… So we re-booked everything and went towards the end of the month instead. We arrived early evening at Grays Court, which is situated…

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Ten happy things – March 18

In this monthly blog post, I look back and choose ten things that made me happy and that I’m thankful for. Here are my Ten Happy Things for March. Getting my ski on I’ve never skied before but always wanted to so when I was invited along to Chel-ski by Club Med to giving skiing a go, I jumped at the chance. But was it for me? I, Tonya Earlier in the month I found myself with an unexpected day off – as a freelancer, this doesn’t happen very often so when it does I try to make the most…

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Lebanese delights at Abd el Wahab

I was invited along to an Influencer dinner recently to try authentic Lebanese and Arabic cuisine at Abd el Wahab in Belgravia. It’s the 19th global restaurant opening for the Abd el Wahab group who started with humble beginnings, opening their first restaurant on Abd El Wahab Inglizi Street in the centre of Beirut in 1999. The restaurant is beautifully designed and has a really luxurious feel to it. Personally, the lighting (for dinner) was a bit bright for me but perhaps they had upped the lighting a bit so we could take better pictures of the food! I took…

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