Florence has my heart

I’ve often heard people say that they were ‘blown away’ by a city or country or that they fell utterly in love with somewhere and I’d never quite understood it because I’d never experienced it myself. Until now. I’m lucky to have travelled quite a bit and been to many beautiful places and I find it hard to fall ‘in love’ with somewhere. I can’t find the words to explain it eloquently but of course I can appreciate the beauty and culture of a place but I’m not necessarily mesmerised or in awe. But that changed last night. We landed…

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Things I’d love to do if I had the time

Work, hey? Although I love what I do, it does take up my whole day and can stretch into the evening, which doesn’t leave much time for anything else. If I were lucky enough to have enough money to not work, meaning I had loads of time on my hands, this is what I’d like to do: Learn to cook like a proper chef I’m a pretty good cook but I’m a boring cook. Like most people, I tend to make the same ten dishes on rotation. I would love to expand my culinary repertoire and learn how to cook Thai…

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Mele e Pere – a Soho Trattoria

I first went to Mele e Pere (Apples and Pears) a few years ago with my friend Mandy, just before she moved to Australia. I remember it being really good although, oddly, in all these years I’d not returned. Until now. And it was just by chance. My husband and I turned up at Bocca di Lupo after 2pm without a reservation in the hope that they had a table. They didn’t. So off we trotted towards Picadilly and that’s where I spotted Mele e Pere. One look at the menu and my husband said, “let’s eat!”. Mele e Pere opened…

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Decadent Chinese at Hakkasan Hanway Place

Hakkasan was founded in London in 2001 and now has locations across the world. In fact, the first one we visited was in Miami in the fabulous Fontainebleau hotel. We’ve been to the one in Hanway Place before and it’s probably this reason that I got the location wrong! I’d actually booked the one in Mayfair but just assumed it was the one in Hanway Place (although I did think it odd that they’d called it Mayfair) so when we arrived they of course didn’t have our booking. This obviously happens a fair few times as it was quickly worked…

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Relaxation and me time at Akasha spa

For years my husband bought me gift vouchers to the Sanctuary Spa in Covent Garden as part of my Christmas present and I always went around my birthday in February. I loved it! If you’d ever been, it was such a magical place and a wonderful way to spend a day just relaxing and being pampered. Sadly they closed a couple of years ago and I’ve not been to a day spa since. Until now. My husband did a bit of research (ie, asked his colleagues) on spas in London and for Christmas I was presented with a voucher for…

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