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Procida island in Italy
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Procida is an island around 40 minutes by ferry from Naples in Italy. You may recognise its iconic colourful buildings or if you’re a fan of Italian films, it’s where Il Postino (The Postman) is set. If you’re looking for an Italian island getaway that’s still quite rustic and not

Procida island
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At the end of each month I look back and reflect on ten things that made me happy and that I’m grateful for. Here’s my ten happy things for June. Pizza for losers At the beginning of the month I attended Pizza for Losers, an event that celebrated failure and

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Exploring historic Rochester

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Last month I found myself with a day off and fancied getting out of London for the day. I didn’t want to go too far and remembered on the way to Margate last year, passing Rochester which looked lovely from the train window. I actually have a book, called Escape

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I think it’s so important to actively think about things that bring joy to your life. That’s why every month I look back and write about ten things that made me happy and that I’m grateful for. This is May’s 10 happy things! Lunch with Fee in Chiswick I first

Couch to 5k a review
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Thinking of giving Couch to 5k a go? I’m officially just over half way now and really enjoying it. Here’s my honest thoughts on the programme and how it’s working for me. A couple of months ago I decided I was going to start running. Part of my motivation is

Nyhavn in Copenhagen
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I love the Easter weekend because it’s one of the few Bank Holidays my husband doesn’t have to work, which means that we can go away for a few days. Over the years we’ve spent Easter in different parts of the UK and further afield like Rome, Madeira, Lisbon and

Lunch at Casse-Croûte in Bermondsey
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At the end of every month I look back and reflect on ten things that made me happy. Here are my Ten happy things for April! Dinner at Aqua Shard Earlier in the month I had dinner with a friend I’ve not seen for ages. I met Mignon years ago

Bristol coloured houses
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Travel

A weekend in Bristol

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In March I travelled to Bristol twice for work and stayed overnight. Having only been to Bristol once before on a day trip for work, it seemed the perfect opportunity to stay the weekend. Here’s what we got up to. For work I stayed at the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel

The Bean Millennium Park Chicago
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Chicago, in Illinois, is the largest city in the Midwest and was home to the first ever skyscraper. Chicago is a city with a lot of water – from Lake Michigan to the Chicago River that runs through the city. As such, you can see how amazing it must be

Bristol coloured houses
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Every month I like to look back at the month just past and choose ten things that made me happy. I really like doing this as it helps me to be reflective and reminds me to be grateful. Here are my ten happy things for March. A spa day at

Making a parmatini
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A couple of weeks ago I was invited to attend a cocktail making class with Parmigiano Reggiano at TT Liquor in Shoreditch. We were going to get to make a cocktail and then enjoy a three course meal, with a Parmesan theme, with matched cocktails. It sounded fabulous – and

Who the hell is Hamish podcast
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Over the last year or so I have REALLY gotten into podcasts. I listen to podcast episodes at least once (but sometimes twice) a day and I’m always searching for the next binge-worthy series to add to my library. I love how you can listen to them on the go,

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At the end of every month I like to look back and reflect on ten things that made me happy and that I’m thankful for. February is my birthday month so there was lots to be happy about this month! A trip up to Edinburgh Earlier in the month I

Thompson Chicago Hotel bar
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Having never been to Chicago before, we were looking for a hotel that was in a good location, had a spacious room, was decorated well and had a good bar. We found all of this and more at the Thompson Chicago when we stayed six nights over New Year. Situated

Lullaby book
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Lifestyle

Ten happy things – January 19

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At the end of each month I like to look back and reflect on ten things that made me happy and that I’m grateful for. Here’s my ten happy things for January! Ringing in the New Year in Chicago We spent New Year in Chicago and loved it! What a

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For our two week holiday last year, we visited Mumbai and then the Seychelles. We stayed six nights at the Four Seasons Desroches and then one night at the Four Seasons Seychelles on Mahé as we had an early flight home the next day. Here’s what we thought of our

Fresh pasta dishes from Lina Stores
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I’ve been wanting to go to Lina Stores for ages but every time I went to book, they didn’t have any availability! That’s how popular it is. I finally managed to get a table for lunch on Saturday, so was it worth the wait? Lina Stores, the deli on Brewer

Seychelles Desroches beach
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Growing up in South Africa, the Seychelles or Mauritius was always a popular holiday destination for people as they’re only about a five hour flight away, yet I’d not been to either. In November we combined Mumbai with a week in the Seychelles – a bit of an odd choice,

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At the end of each month, I look back and choose ten things that made me happy and that I’m thankful for. Here are my Ten Happy Things for December. Blogosphere Festival At the beginning of December I attended my first ever Blogosphere festival, which was at the Landmark hotel

Living room Four Seasons Mumbai suite
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Hotels

Mumbai luxury at the Four Seasons

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We did a fair amount of research when looking at hotels in Mumbai and the Four Seasons stood out for its style, elegance and value for money. I read a few reviews and every one of them was really positive and many said how great the location was so we

Taj Mahal Palace Hotel Mumbai
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Exploring Mumbai like a local

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Mumbai is unlike any place I’ve ever visited! It’s such a busy, bustling city crammed full of people, cars (and even animals) everywhere you look. The way people drive is … interesting to say the least and it’s definitely a 24 hour city that never sleeps. Although there are buses

Staff at Masque Mumbai
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Lifestyle

Ten happy things – October 18

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I am so late with this post but better late than never! October was a busy month and here are ten things that made me happy and that I’m grateful for. Cooking with Parma Ham I was invited to a Parma Ham workshop at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu cooking

Lobster Boy Mac small
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Events

Cheese heaven at The Mac Factory

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Last week I was invited along to the launch of The Mac Factory pop-up in Debenhams on Oxford Street. I absolutely LOVE mac and cheese so I was excited to go along to try it out. I took my lovely friend, Genevieve, with me as my guest. The Mac Factory

Brooklyn in New York
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Travel

Three reasons to revisit a place

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Travel is all about exploring, adventure and experiencing something new. When you visit somewhere for the first time, it’s exciting! But it can also take a lot of planning and research to make sure you see everything you want to see, as well as find great restaurants, bars, coffee shops,

Oktoberfest with German Kraft
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This month has been reeeeeaaaaally busy! Hence why I’ve not posted much on my blog at all… oops. Anyway, here are ten things that happened in September that made me happy and that I’m grateful for. We finally sorted out our holiday Last month I had a bit of a

Tropea beach from above
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We’ve recently returned from a holiday in Tropea, Calabria and I can’t wait to share with you what a beautiful part of Italy it is. Tropea is a fairly small but bustling seaside town with an impressive coastline. So impressive it’s called the Costa degli Dei or the ‘Coast of the

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