The Christmas markets of Cologne

A couple of years ago I got into a disagreement with two travel writers on Twitter about Christmas markets. As shopping experiences they were terrible, they said — overpriced and overrated. I argued that if they saw Christmas markets as shopping trips they were totally missing the point. Christmas markets are about food, about ambience and about laughing and talking with friends. The mark of a decent Christmas market is that it leaves you in a gluhwein-addled fug of good cheer and delight. That said, I did have some trepidation about booking a trip to one of Germany’s best-known Christmas…

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This Airbnb is probably the best place to stay in Berlin

Berlin is an annual stop-off for me these days as it’s a regular fixture on the international technology trade show circuit, which looks something like this: Las Vegas–>Barcelona–>Berlin… rinse and repeat. Due to the fact that most of the time I’m in Berlin I’m on business trips, I’ve been fortunate to enjoy some of the fancier digs about town. I’ve stayed in the Wyndham Grand, which is swanky in a business-functional kind of way and had the most enormous bathrooms I’ve ever seen. Seriously, the shower was just the best, and practically bigger than my flat in London. I’ve stayed in the Lux 11,…

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Charity challenge, Cosmo blog awards and adventures ahoy!

Winter was long, spring is full of hope and this summer will be terrific. I have plans. I have a brand new passport with no stamps, I have a lot to prepare for and a lot to be excited about. Bells of Hemscott First up, this weekend I will be heading up to my favourite beach in the country, Druridge Bay in Northumberland to stay in a bell tent with some of my best friends. The Bells of Hemscott kindly invited me to experience their new campsite after seeing me get excited about Druridge Bay on Twitter. There will be…

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Berlin: An ace place to race

I’ve started running again recently and it sure does feel good. I never stopped completely, but I let my fitness levels dip and as a result going for runs stopped being fun. And they are fun usually (I’m not just saying that, I promise), and also essential, I’ve come to realise, not only to my health but my happiness too. I haven’t always been a runner, but I signed up to do the Berlin half marathon last year and once I got into it, I was hooked. I suspect many people are put off signing up for fitness challenges through…

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