Get up & Go with Travelodge – Brighton edition

If I had to pick a travel motto, “get up and go” would be a really strong contender. More often than not, I spend too much time thinking and overthinking where I want to go next. My bucket lit is about 50-cities strong so making decisions is not always as straight forward as you’d think; I change my mind at least 5 or 6 times before finally booking somewhere. This year, I definitely want to be more impulsive with my travels and just get up and go! I had a chance to put this new philosophy into practice when the te[...]

A winter walk at Brancaster Beach

Posted In: Life | Life in Norfolk
Rich and I drove to the North Norfolk coast today. It was a beautiful day so we thought we’d make the most of it with a walk along the beach in Brancaster and a pub lunch. There are lots of great (and fancy) restaurants in this area but we picked the super low-key Jolly Sailors pub. They had the renowned Brancaster mussels on their menu, which I desperately wanted to try. I’m so glad I did; they were delicious. They’re in season until April so you still have a few months to go if you’d like to give them a try? After[...]

Seal spotting at Horsey Beach

On a cold and icy morning, Rich and I got up early to drive to the beautiful Horsey beach on the Norfolk coast to see if we could spot some seals. There is a colony of Grey seals living there between end of November and early February. They come to the beach to give birth to their babies and hang about a little bit, as the fur of the newborns isn’t waterproof straight away so they can’t go in the water for very long. They just kind of bask in the sun and play on the beach for a few months until they’re ready to go. N[...]

A last look at 2014

Posted In: Diary | Life
Last day of 2014! Apart from one major low (when we got burgled shortly after my birthday), this year has been a good year for me. I’ve just spent a couple of hours looking back through my archives and I loved being reminded of all the places I’ve been to, the good times I’ve spent with family and friends, the opportunities I was given through the blog… I can’t complain! I always look forward to new years though so I’m super excited about 2015. Bring it on! Are you guys celebrating tonight? if so, have[...]

Norwich at Christmas time

This is a little bit of a nothing post but I really like these photos I took of Norwich a few days ago and I'm sure my family will enjoy seeing these as they've never come to see me around Christmas time. I was in town running some errands and let's just say I got a little bit snap happy ;-) I can't remember if I've mentioned this on the  blog yet but this is my first Christmas in England so I'm feeling like I have to document everything. I'm ridiculously excited. Let the festivities begin! [...]

Hazelnut crunch and Orange mince pies

Posted In: Life | Life in Norfolk
I'm on holiday! I've finished work for the year. Can you believe this? I'm so excited to be getting some time off. I'm still kind of checking emails every now and then, doing little bits here and there but for the most part, I'm staying in my PJs, dancing to Christmas tunes, wrapping gifts and doing epic Christmas film marathons. This is the life and this is GOOD! Do you know what else is good? These awesome orange and hazelnut crunch mince pies I made today! I've adapted the recipe from this one I found on BBC Good Foo[...]

Christmas Market at Tate Modern

Posted In: Experiences
If there’s one thing I’m always up for around this time of the year, it’s going to Christmas markets! The smells, the colours, the atmosphere. Everyone’s just happy and having a great time. It’s an instant mood booster to me! It even makes me forget about the cold ;-) Rich and I were in London for the weekend so we couldn’t resist popping by the Tate Modern, where they have this really cute German market going on until Christmas eve. We arrived at the perfect time; the sun was just setting down over St Paul’s c[...]

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Posted In: Life | Life in Norfolk
Christmas is without doubt one of my favourite times of the year. Everything just seems so magical. All the lights, the music, the bubbles, the sparkles… What’s not to love?I was in London with a friend a couple of weeks ago and we tried to do as many Christmassy things as possible. We had afternoon tea at Le Chalet, which is this super cool pop up rooftop restaurant in Selfridges on Oxford Street. The scones were the best ones I’ve ever had! I’m really tempted to go back next weekend. Nom! We also had a wander aroun[...]

Just Lobsters (and other great stuff)

Psstt! There’s a new restaurant in town. I’m really excited about this one because they specialise in lobsters, which is kind of like the food of the gods to me. It’s so tender and incredibly tasty. Growing up in France, I didn’t get to eat many of them. They were always so expensive. We’d usually have them once every few years for Christmas as a treat. But this is all about to change!The restaurant is called Just Lobsters and is conveniently located a stone's throw away from where I live. Their aim is to bring lob[...]

A rainy autumn day in Cambridge

Posted In: Escapes
Turns out Cambridge is pretty, even in the rain! Did you know that?Last Saturday was gloomy, cold and frankly quite depressing-looking but one of my really good friends was staying over for the weekend and was really keen to discover this city. At first we weren’t quite sure whether this was worth a day-trip considering the weather but I’m so glad we took a chance because there is plenty to do, even in the rain. The city looked as beautiful and grand as always. If anything, the grey weather made it look even more dramati[...]