What is life without a challenge

It’s so easy to succumb to routine. To stick to the same old thing – the things we are good at, the things we like and the things that keep us in our comfort zone. In my professional life, I tend to say yes to everything. Particularly the things that scare me because I know I will learn from them, even if I fail. But in my personal life, I don’t challenge myself. To shake my routine up a bit, I’m taking on a pretty big physical challenge. I will be swimming the length of the English Channel (in a…

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Five of the best Italian beaches

If you’ve read a few of my blog posts, you will probably get a sense of how much we love Southern Italy. Beautiful beaches, mouth-watering food, endless sunshine, fabulous wine…really, what’s not to love? Here are our favourite Italian beaches, in no particular order (because rating them in order would be impossible). It must be said though that the best way to experience the islands, in particular, is by boat as that way you can access the swimming spots that are not accessible by foot. Cala Rossa, Favignana Favignana is one of the Aegadian islands, situated off the coast of Sicily.…

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London’s architectural delights

I’m very lucky to live in a city that has such history. I often walk to and from work and during my lunch break, where I try to wander down streets I’ve never been before. I think London is one of those cities where you could walk for a lifetime and still not see everything. One of my favourite things to do while I walk is to really look around me and notice the city’s architecture – it’s so diverse. From Victorian buildings dating back to the 1800s to new skyscrapers such as Renzo Piano’s The Shard. But I’m not…

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Six great places to eat in Miami

We visited Miami in October (here are five fun things to do in Miami) and these were our favourite places to eat. In no particular order: 1. Yardbird Yardbird is a Southern bar and restaurant when chicken is the star of the show. We enjoyed it so much, we went twice. Good value for money, excellent service and a great ambiance – Yardbird should definitely be on your list. Situated in Miami Beach, close to Lincoln Mall. 2.  Sushi Samba We had lunch one day at Sushi Samba, and unlike London, did not need to book in advance. The sushi is…

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Exploring new places in London

I’ve lived in London eleven years and I’m still surprised when I discover new places. As the weather’s really nice this weekend, we decided to go to Brighton on Saturday. Until I remembered I had a hair appointment… So where could we go in London that was somewhere new, near water that had restaurants with outdoor seating? And then I remembered, St Katherine’s Dock near the Tower of London. I’ve only been to St Katherine’s Dock once for an event and didn’t see that much of it but I remembered there were a few places to eat. So, I Googled…

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