A grand London day out

A few weeks ago on a Sunday evening I was feeling brave and in the mood to take a few risks, so I posted the following message on this page: “Londoners, I’m handing my day off over to you! In a bid to try and get to know the city’s nooks and crannies and places I might not otherwise have visited, I’m crowdsourcing an itinerary for the whole day. Send me to all your favourite places or any interesting spots you might know of. I’ll tweet as I go — probably looking for extra suggestions along the way — as…

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Whistlestop Brussels: A Eurostar adventure

It took me ten minutes or so from pulling into the Gare du Midi to slip back in to my Brussels self

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Celebrating Sinterklaas and rethinking Christmas travel

As December approaches, I become insufferably gleeful. It may be dark and cold and miserable outside, but there’s a full month of mini celebrations to be enjoyed. Each door that pops open on the advent calendar, each party, each annual ritual dutifully upheld is just as warming to the soul as a hot mince pie and mulled cider to the stomach. While I always migrate to the north of England in true homing-pigeon fashion when the big day nears, it’s also a wonderful time of year to go and explore the rest of the world and see how it celebrates…

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Dalmatian sensation: Dubrovnik in a long weekend

August arrived, and with it the realisation I hadn’t had a proper holiday all year. When I was offered the opportunity to pick a short-haul city-break destination, I knew exactly where I wanted to go. I needed clear sunny skies, and even clearer water in which to dip my toes, but more than anything I needed to go somewhere with history and culture and soul. As I’d been working non-stop all year, breaking only to run the Berlin half marathon in April, I wanted to feel soothed, enchanted and restored, with a few thrills thrown in for good measure. That’s…

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A very London summer

The summer’s end is here again, and today I’ve fended off the encroaching cold by making soup and wrapping myself up in my favourite scarf and my autumn sweater. Before I tuck in though, time for an entirely nostalgic recap. September marks the end of my first year here in London and while it’s starting to feel like home, I can’t help but be reminded each time I glance from my window on a sunny day to see the pods of the London Eye twinkling like silver baubles, or lie on the grass outside the Tate Modern gazing across at…

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