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47 Jobner Bagh Jaipur – Boutique Hotel Review

I adore a place that is unique and luxurious.  But the real charm is when it doesn’t realise how great it is.  47 Jobner Bagh was delightedly all of these, and perfect.  I would love to have stayed longer, but we were splitting our time in Jaipur between here and the Oberoi Rajvillas. Our tour company suggested Jobner Bagh to me, and I knew I had seen it somewhere before.  In Conde Nast in fact, as one of the best hotels…

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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 monthly meanderings in January

As usual January vanished in a blur, a good thing. Working in Luxembourg, inappropriately dressed for snow… Working even harder on one of my Christmas presents – a ‘paper-fold-your-own’ Taj Mahal… Touring Mr P’s office, defining a cool and practical work environment… Exploring a little more on our back door, with a visit to Farley Mount near Winchester… Touristing and socialising in London with friends… Brightening a dreary month with the first of the daffodils… Turning house-hunting into a reason to…

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Oberoi Rajvillas Jaipur – Luxury Hotel Review

From the moment we arrived at The Oberoi Rajvillas to the time we dragged ourselves on to Goa (#firstworldproblems) we were spell-bound. I am well aware one gets what is paid for, but sometimes a place and its staff are so special that it is unforgettable and pleasurable in a way that money can’t buy.  A perfect blend of laid back luxe alongside an exotic destination. Our Oberoi Rajvilla We were upgraded on arrival to luxury tent.  It would be unfair…

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Alila Diwa Goa – Luxury Hotel Review

We spent 3 days in Goa and chose to stay at the Alila Diwa hotel near Majorda beach.  It’s located in South Goa – the quiet and sleepy bit of Goa.  There are larger hotels in the area, but this stood out as somewhere a bit more personal and unique. About a 20 minute drive from the airport it was easy to get to along quiet roads.  The location is deep in the paddy fields and is as green as…

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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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Rest and relaxation in Goa and Mumbai

It would have been so easy to have spent all our time in India immersed in the culture of Rajasthan.  We almost did.  But I really wanted beach and pool time and when I asked our agent if we could fit this in the answer was a resounding yes. We were choosy in Delhi, Agra and Jaipur to make the most of our time there.  Thus giving us 3 days doing diddly squat in South Goa and a final day and night…

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10 comedy travel moments 2016

Last year I enjoyed writing about the comedy and less than perfect travel moments of the year.  There’s always a few and they tend to be carefully curated out of the blog, or mentioned in passing.  This year I’ve already had my first comedy travel moment (more later) and it reminded me there were plenty from 2016 that I haven’t shared! Something tends to happen on pretty much every trip, however well-planned they are. The one where the volcano was covered…

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