A Day in Beautiful Valletta, Malta

Posted In: Escapes | Islands
One of the main places I wanted to visit during our stay in Malta was Valletta, the capital. Did you know it only measures 600m by 1000m? Yep, it’s rather tiny but it’s packed with gorgeous streets, stunning features such as the famous wood-and-glass balconies and mesmerising sea views. We were chatting to a local the night before at a restaurant and he suggested we start from the lowest part of the city (closest to the sea) and then walk our way up towards the Upper Barrakka Gardens. He explained that[...]

St Julian’s Bay, Malta

Posted In: Escapes | Islands
St Julian’s often gets categorised as the party town of Malta but it’s got so much more going for it: alluring bays, great restaurants, close proximity to Valletta and Sliema (where a lot of boat trips leave from), some of the best 5 stars hotel in the country and good bus connections allowing you to easily go and explore the rest of the island. I highly recommend a walk on Spinola and Balluta Bays at sunset, even better, start with Maltese bruschetta and wines at Spinola, get your mains at Balluta and end with[...]

A long weekend in Paris

Posted In: City breaks | Escapes
A few snaps from when we went to visit my brother and my sister in Paris! Work has been so hectic lately that I’m only just now getting the opportunity to post these photos.    It was the perfect little weekend away. We started with drinks at a rooftop bar called Le Perchoir. We ordered lots of wine and watched the sun set over Paris while catching up and munching on charcuterie and bread. The rest of the weekend went by in a blur. We wandered around Le Marais, went for an amazing italian lunch at Le Marche des Enfants[...]

James Turrell at Houghton Hall

Posted In: Life | Life in Norfolk
                                    I first discovered James Turrell when Richard and I went to New York a few years ago. Turrell had taken over the Guggenheim museum to show his work, Aten Reign. I remember it because the installation he had created filled the iconic rotunda of the building. I don’t know how to describe it; there were several elliptical rings o[...]

Boating on the Norfolk Broads

Posted In: Life | Life in Norfolk
                Summer days are meant for soaking up the sunshine with friends and family, drinking bubbles, relaxing and … boating! If you live in Norfolk, you’ll probably be familiar with the Broads. It’s this huge network of waterways. It’s very popular and especially in the summer because you can hire a boat for the day (or longer) and go meandering down the river at your own pace. You can do a bit of kayaking or can[...]

Portmeirion, Wales

Posted In: Coastal breaks | Escapes
                        One of the main reasons why I wanted to go to Wales was to visit Portmeirion, which I had discovered online a while back through Monica’s blog, The Travel Hack. It’s like being in Italy, except you’re in Wales. I found the concept intriguing. The entire village was designed and built by Architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis. He loved Italy and was desperate to recreate the atmosphere of Mediterr[...]

Anglesey & the North Coast of Wales

Posted In: Coastal breaks | Escapes
I’ve just come back from a few days in North Wales. This was my very first time visiting the country and I’m so pleased I finally had the opportunity to go. I wasn’t sure what to expect when we drove there last week; The feedback I had received from friends and colleagues when I announced I was going wasn’t overly positive (mostly due to the renowned rainy weather, which doesn't make it an obvious summer holiday destination). Yet, from my hours researching the internet and reading guide books, it sounded so wonderful[...]

Happisburgh Beach

Posted In: Escapes | Life | Life in Norfolk
When I moved to Norfolk, I had no idea how beautiful the coastline was. To be honest, I didn’t know much about the region at all. I was offered a job there and relocated quickly without giving it much thought. Looking back, I should have probably done a bit more research as to what I was getting myself into. Luckily it didn’t work out too badly in the end. Norfolk is beautiful; I love the long stretches of sandy beaches,  quintessential British villages, gastro pubs, stunning historic halls… One of my favourite b[...]

A long weekend in Marseille, France

Hello there! I’m back from a lovely weekend in Marseille, France. This was my first holiday with my family in a very long time. My brother, my sister and I all left home years ago and somehow never got round to organising a family holiday since then. We had lots to celebrate; my sister had her graduation ceremony, it was my brother’s birthday and we also celebrated my birthday, which was earlier in May. It’s also Mother’s Day in France next weekend and I won’t be around so this was my opportunity to give mum a hug[...]

When in Rome

Posted In: City breaks | Escapes
Truth to be told, when Rich first suggested we go to Rome for my birthday, I wasn’t overly enthusiastic. I had been to the eternal city before and although I loved it, I have a loooong list of places where I want to go so I was keen to adventure somewhere new. But then I remembered the hot Mediterranean sun, the gelato, the incredible architecture and I was kinda sold again. What was interesting this time around is that it felt completely different from the previous time I went. Probably because the last time, it was[...]