portugal

Boutique seaside stay: Villa Cascais

We flew to Lisbon, straight from a busy week at work in need of a chilled few days. In fact Mr P met me at the airport having just flown in from Sweden, so it was nice just to see him! Perfect timing – so jetset, meeting in the lounge 🙄 BA in their special ‘service improvements’ way tried to tip the applecart… At boarding they checked our cabin bags into the hold. Just because. We weren’t in cheap seats…

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10 reasons to visit: Lisbon & Cascais

Lisbon gets my vote for a spring city break. A short flight from London. It was somewhere neither of us had been to before.  And it’s by the sea.  Not hot weather per se, but warm enough to be out doors.  Tick, tick, tick, tick.  I will put it out there… If you want a city break and you don’t like a big city it’s perfect – not sprawling and so close to very beautiful countryside and vitamin sea! Spend time doing your hotel research – there are…

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Travel to be inspired

I will freely admit that I love nothing more than a quiet weekend with no plans. Just at home. With Mr P.  Relaxing, reading or staring into space. These weekends are excellent. This weekend was one.  Few and far between. And they let me think… And plot and find inspiration for where to explore next… In fact this weekend it was Mr P that presented plans for our next trips that he will be arranging for me! The one that was for…

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My monthly meanderings in March

Birthday month is easily the best month of the year. Not just because of birthday, but March also welcomes the start of spring. The evenings get lighter, British summertime arrives and it really is the start of the ‘happy’ months of the year! Birthday came a day early as Mr P was away with work! No complaints – I was keen to open presents early! It is traditional to take cake into work – I cooked up a storm and proudly…

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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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On business – blessings and woes of corporate travel

You know those people at work that are always jetting off here and there on business, have a clutch of gold cards and exciting passport stamps? So glamorous. I always wanted to be one! And then I was. I went to America more than necessary, once for less than 24 hours… India for less than 48 hours… Switzerland and seemingly most cities in Europe more times than I can count… And, and, and… It was manic and in no way…

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My Monthly Meanderings in February

February will always be better than January, and this year was no exception (thank goodness). A month that includes the following is good… …A luxury staycation at the Chewton Glen…. It’s where my obsession with luxury travel began, and it was a pleasure to return for Mr P’s birthday! … Weekends exploring more of our backyard… We’ve started picking places for pub walks that we don’t know so well to help us house hunt.  This time it was Kingley Vale, some…

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Hidden gems and holiday treasures

Finding hidden gems is the raison d’être of this blog. And of me.  And my holidays. Luxury and unique hidden gems, with vitamin sea. And fizz. A year wouldn’t be the same without discovering a few of these places.  I can’t think of anything worse than regulation issue surroundings or crowded places. I love finding somewhere truly us, that’s relaxing and tucked away. Follow me, I think I have found some hidden gems for everyone… Country: the one that surprised us the most Israel…

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