Ultimate luxury at the Four Seasons in Florence

I was so impressed with the Four Seasons Hotel Firenze in Florence that I just had to write about it and share our experience with you. We arrived on a Thursday night for a long weekend to celebrate my birthday and when we stepped out of the taxi, the entrance to the hotel was rather unassuming. However that all changed the moment we stepped through the door. I’ve seen some impressive hotel lobbies in my time but this was spectacular and so…Italian! The hotel is made up of two historic buildings – the 15th century Palazzo della Gherardesca and the Conventino,…

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Sydney’s Hidden Gems

I used to work with the lovely Lucy a couple of years ago in leafy Chiswick and Lucy has since moved to Sydney. Jealous of her beautiful beach photos posted on her Facebook page, I asked her to share the little-known gems that Sydney offers.  Since moving to Sydney a little over six months ago, I’ve made little secret of how much I’ve fallen in love with this new city of mine; with its endless coastal walks, beautiful balmy temperatures and sunset-spots a-plenty. And while Bondi and its world-famous beach is where I call home, there’s another pocket of the…

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Whisky cocktails and BBQ at The Grey Horse

When I told my friend Heidi that I was taking her for dinner at The Grey Horse in Kingston she raised an eyebrow. “The Grey Horse? That used to be a music venue and was a bit of a dive. We’re having dinner there?” Apparently when Heidi was a teenager (don’t ask how long ago that was), The Grey Horse was where she and her friends used to go out and it was rather dark and dingy. Perfect if you weren’t quite 18… But that was a long time ago and well, that’s certainly all changed! It’s now a modern,…

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A long weekend in Florence – Day two

As mentioned in my post on Day one in Florence, we were going to climb up the tower of the Duomo group on Saturday morning as we hadn’t done it yet and our tickets were valid for 24 hours. Unfortunately the weather was terrible and it was raining a fair bit. We stood in the queue for about ten minutes and then decided to give it a miss and go to the Uffizi art gallery instead where we would at least be dry. Of course, as it was a rainy day you can imagine what the queue was like for…

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A long weekend in Florence – Day one

We’ve just come back from a wonderful long weekend in Florence – a city which truly has my heart. We arrived on Thursday evening and stayed at the absolutely stunning Four Seasons. The trip was a birthday present from my husband. It’s beginning to become a bit of a tradition as last year he took me to Berlin. That night we went off to dinner at Buca Lapi (buca literally means ‘hole’ and it refers to basement restaurants). For once we were quite organised in terms of booking restaurants in advance. Even though there are thousands of places to eat, we…

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