I’m obsessed with old buildings. Castles, cathedrals, churches, abbeys, manor houses – places with historical significance just fascinate me. Perhaps it’s the author in me, but I always find myself so inspired whenever I visit such places. So on our recent trip to Wales, I just knew I had to visit a few of the country’s well known castles (and there are a lot, apparently). Being relatively close to where we stayed on the island of Anglesey, on top of our list was… Read more »

Continuing on in my series of recommended places to stay en-route from Portugal to the UK, I should mention Biarritz. Before our journey, almost everyone we spoke to said we’d absolutely love it. Needless to say, we were excited to see what all the fuss was about. So we decided to spend a night with the rich and famous (!) – it is where they come to party after all (apparently). Well in truth we didn’t see anyone famous (probably lots of rich… Read more »

The Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour is an absolute dream. We visited the day after my 40th birthday (sadly, they were closed on my actual birthday) and I was ecstatic with excitement the moment I woke up. I couldn’t wait to get there. Located in Leavesden, near Watford, the studio is pretty easy to find (granted, we did use the sat nav) but once you’re in the general area, there are signs everywhere and once you get close, you just… Read more »

A few days after Christmas we headed up to Lincoln so I could have my first tattoo at 40. Earlier in the year, I’d done a tonne of research online to find the best tattoo artist in the areas I’d be holidaying within the UK. Alex Stark at The Tattooed Arms stood out to me so I emailed him. He was fully booked for months, however (as if it was meant to be) he had one date available and it just happened… Read more »

Fontevraud Abbey is certainly not your average hotel. It’s by the far the most unique place I’ve ever visited and I hope to one day return. Boy was it a treat! Scroll through the pictures below to see more of this amazing place. I’ve always been fascinated by old buildings, especially cathedrals, churches, castles and abbeys (etc). So when I read about Fontevraud, I just had to make it my mission to visit. I think I shrieked out loud when we… Read more »

The Château Smith Haut Lafitte is a stunning place to visit whilst in the Bordeaux region of France. We were lucky enough to be given a tour of the vineyard after spending a wonderful evening right next door at Les Sources de Caudalie. Not only that but we also got the chance to taste the delicious wines on offer. We also bought a bottle of sweet white wine (see the picture right at the bottom of the post) to drink on… Read more »

Truly one of the most magical places I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting, Les Sources de Caudalie should be on everyone’s must-visit list. A luxury spa, hotel and vineyard, this place has got it all. I felt thoroughly spoiled whilst staying there in December – sadly, we were only passing through and could therefore only stay for one night* but when I return in the future, I shall be sure to spend several days there. We received a particularly warm welcome… Read more »

I’ve wanted a pair of leather-look leggings for months but never found the right ones, so when I got the chance to try out this gorgeous pair* from UK Tights, I jumped at the chance. After liaising with UK Tights and deciding to try a larger pair (I was told this particular brand can come up a tad small sometimes), I waited for them to arrive in the post. I didn’t have to wait long. Sadly, the leggings were took baggy… Read more »

We spent our very first night in a Medieval Castle recently! Cool huh? At the Siguenza Parador: what an amazing place! It’s located northeast of Madrid and we were lucky enough to stay there en-route from the Algarve to England – it was the perfect stop-off point. I would highly recommend it if you’re thinking about driving back and want somewhere a little different to stay. We drove for 8 and a half hours but I would suggest you stop… Read more »

Hello. It’s me (sorry… I have Adele stuck in my head) and I’m finally back from my holidays! Five amazing weeks where we toured through Spain and France in order to get to England where we spent Christmas with my Mum-in-law before heading up to visit various wonderful friends and family, before then going over to Wales where we holidayed for two weeks (take a breath). I can’t quite believe it’s all over now though. Cue sad face 🙁 Sadly, our… Read more »