Chic, laid-back, friendly, welcoming and playful are just some of the words I'd use to describe the historic French city of Nantes. The former capital of Brittany (it's called Naoned in Breton) has been dubbed the 'city of the dukes of Brittany'. Even though it hasn't been part of Brittany since the Second World War... Continue Reading →


If I was ever to write an Agatha Christie-style 1920s murder mystery, I'd set it at Tyntesfield, a gloriously Gothic manor surrounded by acres of land in the middle of the Somerset countryside. It's the sort of place where you could imagine cocktail-drenched parties full of bright young things taking place and then a dead... Continue Reading →


Italy's economic capital is probably best known for its bi-annual fashion week, but there's much more to this stylish city than big name designer outlets and shopping. I spent last weekend in Milan, and before my trip, it wasn't somewhere that was on my radar. But I was looking for somewhere to go for a... Continue Reading →

London: The Design Museum and Holland Park

Last weekend I was in London to catch up with friends and top of our to-do-list was the recently opened Design Museum in Kensington. On arriving in London, instead of taking the tube from Paddington to High Street Kensington, I strolled down to the station via Kensington Gardens. I'd forgotten how lovely Kensington Gardens can be... Continue Reading →

Lee Valley Country Park

Straddling the Essex-Hertfordshire border, the Lee Valley Country Park is a 1,000 acre picturesque site teeming with wildlife and the home of the Lee Valley White Water Centre (where you can follow in the footsteps of the London 2012 Olympic canoers). It's also a surprisingly peaceful and calming place to while away an afternoon. Aside from the odd cyclist,... Continue Reading →

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