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10 things: to eat in London

My travel style is discreet and homely. It follows that my food taste would be similar. Working in London, on and off for ten years and more solidly over the last theee, has been a fun foodie discovery. There is such a choice and something for all tastes. Hidden amongst the big brand big dollar spots are some true gems. Some have been work discoveries, others recommendations from friends and a few just good luck to be passing by. All…

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Spring walk: the Purbeck coast

It had been far too long since my last visit to the Purbeck coast in Dorset! Perhaps 1996-ish for my Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s award… Which was also the time I route-planned us along an electricity pylon rather than a bridleway! The Easter weekend gave us the chance to go and explore and we wanted a spring walk with some vitamin sea views! We weren’t disappointed! We parked in Ringstead, not far to the east of Weymouth. I’d been looking for a…

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Spring walk: South Downs lambs and bluebells

A little spring walk in the South Downs turned into the sort of walk that would leave a bluebell-hunter or cute animal lover very fulfilled! I am neither, but I was ‘full of the joys’… We stumbled across this walk thanks to two things. Firstly we had lunch booked with friends at The Bluebell in Cocking, somewhere we know and enjoy. The food is always excellent and since they were coming by motorbike the road it is on is a bikers…

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hotel review

A magical return to Cliveden House

Given the opportunity, I would live at Cliveden every weekend! It’s captivating.   And it is easily understood why Cliveden is repeatedly in the chocolates at luxury award ceremonies… There aren’t many places which have been restored so attentively and can offer guests the chance to stay in such a historical and grand location, with mod cons discreetly added. Our overnight stay was a series of ‘pinch me’ moments.  I had expected this stay to be like our previous luxurious stay…

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restaurant review

The Kitchen at the Chewton Glen

Visits to the Chewton Glen are always a resounding success.  Being invited to dine at ‘The Kitchen’ on its opening night was definitely that.  The Kitchen is a new adventure for the Chewton Glen.  An exciting and informal one. We loved the hotel as it was – the quintessentially english luxuriousness.  It’s somewhere we love to celebrate a special occasion at.  The Kitchen brings a new casual side which definitely completes the package.  It is ideal for guests who want something a little more casual.…

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Chewton Glen – a luxury weekend escape

This fabulous hotel is where my love affair with luxury began.  So we return to visit the Chewton Glen like an old friend on special occasions!  In February, in between our birthday’s, we scheduled a staycation as a little treat.  We really couldn’t have planned the timing better around all things work and life that we needed a break from.  It reminded us we don’t need long to restore the balance. We arrived early on the Sunday afternoon, just as the…

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A weekend in the Cotswolds

Last year between May in Tel Aviv and India in December, we didn’t really take much time off work. We did manage to balance the work mania with the odd long weekend in France, Stockholm and Italy.  In November we fitted in another of these. This time a weekend staycation in the Cotswolds with Mr P’s parents (although we did both end up working half of the Friday rather than ‘holidaying’)… Where to stay The Cotswolds present a hot-bed of fancy…

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My Cornwall Directory

I’ve been visiting west Cornwall a few times a year for longer than I remember.  My Gran lives there and we head down for long weekends with my parents or by ourselves to explore a little more.  Cornwall seems to be growing in popularity and it seemed like a very good time to share some real local knowledge. Most of these places I wouldn’t have discovered if it wasn’t for my Grandpa who would pore over the maps with us…

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My top 10 travel highlights of 2016

What a year 2016 has been globally.  My top 10 highlights may well sound frivolous and privileged in a year when the world has been full of sadness, unrest and nasty surprises.  But they made us smile, laugh and relax after some challenging years. Its been good for the soul.  I’m amazed we fitted in 6 overseas trips in a year when work has been rewarding, but non-stop. Best drive Mr P wants to upgrade the car.  But our convertible is much-loved and pays…

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