Clevedon Hall Wedding and Private Hire Venue

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A Victorian Gothic Venue for the Romantics – Clevedon Hall: I have to admit that one of my guilty pleasures is watching ‘Don’t Tell the Bride’; although as the series have progressed the grooms have been getting more and more extreme in their choice of theme, venue, and outfits.   Ask almost any of the brides, […]

Mexico – Nuevo Vallarta and Great Hotels

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All Inclusive in Nuevo Vallarta: After two wonderful days in San Blas in the coastal heart of the Riviera Nayarit region, it was time to head South, back to Nuevo Vallarta to sample some of the larger family orientated all-inclusive hotels. The purpose of my trip was to attend the Family Travel Summit, organized by […]

Charente Maritime and French Lifestyle with Lavender & Lovage

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A Birthday Celebration and the Birth of a New Cookery School: I share the same birthday as Karen from Lavender & Lovage’s husband Malcolm.  I was thrilled when she suggested I joined in the celebrations for *his* (which was quite a significant one) by visiting them in France.  I’ve been meaning to go for a […]

Mexico – Nuevo Vallarta and San Blas

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A Postcard from Mexico for Cinco de Mayo: Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “fifth of May”) is a celebration held to commemorate the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, a victory which changed the course of history for both Mexico and America. It is sometimes […]

Feeling at Home in Paris, St Germain

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Paris in the Spring – St Germain: I’ve been a Londoner most of my adult life.  A couple of brief excursions to the country and a temporary contract in Brussels for nine months my only attempts to break free.  Yet, there are cities where I believe I could happily live.  Paris is one of those […]

In Search of the #PerfectPorridge – Ireland

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The vexation of an itinerant Scot – #PerfectPorridge in Ireland: What was I doing getting on a plane to fly to Cork?  Every Scottish lassie (even those who have lived most of their life in London) knows the best porridge comes from Scotland.  The ‘backbone of many a sturdy Scotsman’, I grew up on porridge […]

The Halfway Bridge, West Sussex

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Traditional English Coaching Inn  – The Halfway Bridge Lodsworth I traveled among unknown men, In lands beyond the sea: Nor England! Did I know till then What love I bore to thee. William Wordsworth Visiting places like Halfway Bridge in Lodsworth in Spring remind me just how beautiful the English countryside is.  Those visitors to […]

Montefalco – Sagrantino Wine and More in Umbria

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 Antiprima Sagrantino 2011 Vintage in Montefalco, Umbria: While I understand reasonably well what the launch of a new Vintage entails, I was a little mystified by an invitation to the Anteprima Sagrantino 2011.  This preview of the vintage before it is truly ready for drinking was curious on two counts.  Firstly, I’d never heard of […]

Cinnamon Island Sri Lanka

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Of Crocodiles and more on Cinnamon Island: Scarcely a metre long, the silvery green baby crocodile looks for all the world as if it could be a child’s toy made of rubber. Fierce beady eyes and a mouth full of razor sharp white teeth are just a warning for the future. For now, a miniature […]

Tropical Modernism – Geoffrey Bawa in Sri Lanka

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Lunugana, Geoffrey Bawa and Channa Daswatte: For the first time my driver is confused.  We’ve navigated Sri Lanka, travelling from Colombo to the North Central district, back down to the South East coast and, despite some precarious climbs and circuitous routes to enable me to see tea plantations and spice gardens along the way, we haven’t […]

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