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Blue Sea Hotels, Madrid

Blue Sea Hotels Madrid

The last time I was in Madrid was around 20 years ago, when I spent about 2 hours at the station, waiting for a train to Barcelona. That was it. Those were my Madrid memories. So when the Blue Sea Hotels invited me to stay in their hotel – Urban Sea Atocha 113 – and explore the city, I (literally) jumped at the chance. And if I’d had a trumpet, I’d have tooted it.

What a wonderful thing! And the best bit? I could take a dear pal with me too, to explore, eat churros and scamper about the city. But more about lovely Gem tomorrow :)

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Discovering the independent shops
of beautiful Bath

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As I sat eating my breakfast at No.15 Great Pulteney in Bath, I began to write my list of all the independent shops, cafes and restaurants I wanted to hit up to include in this blog post. I’d asked the glorious Instagram community the day before for their favourite independent spots in Bath, and they came up trumps.

My list was growing…. and growing…. and the result is that this may be the most photo-heavy blog post I’ve ever written. I do hope you enjoy…

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No.15 Great Pulteney, Bath

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A couple of weeks ago, you’ll remember that I was whizzing about like a mad thing… and my adventures started in the glorious city of Bath. I went to this golden corner of the world to explore its extraordinary independent shopping scene. I marched the streets and discovered some wonderful gems, which I’ll be revealing here tomorrow.

But today, I wanted to introduce you to the hotel I stayed in during my little Bath jaunt, for No.15 Great Pulteney was one of the most gorgeous little spots I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting.

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Dukkah wedges with Hellmans & Quiqup
(And all three are equally addictive)

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This post may well be the answer to all your last minute shopping woes. And I feel compelled to warn you that the service I’m about to introduce to you is highly addictive, so read on at your peril.

I’m talking about Quiqup – who will pick up your groceries while you hang out with your pals or get stuck in a meeting (me) or even collect those keys you left at the office and bring them to you while you’re out for dinner…

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12 days. 5 cities.
It’s good to be home.

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Dearests, it’s been a while.

It’s been me, a camera and a suitcase for the last couple of weeks, with no time to stop, edit photos, sip a leisurely coffee or just say hey to you lovely lot.

I’ve been whizzing about London, Bath, Berlin, Brighton and Madrid and finally got home last night, where I collapsed on the sofa in front of Bake Off (which I had recorded. Because I am clever) with tea.

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Think you know tea? You don’t.

Tea-Myths For those of you who are familiar with my drinking habits, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of tea. And when I say BIG fan, I mean, ordering tea in a pub when everyone else is on the gin. (Reguarly).

Tea is like an old friend. It’s familiar, reassuring and something I look forward to. I’ve laughed into tea, cried into my tea (salty) and have always been comforted by it.

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Chasing Summer with Oliver Bonas

Jungle Frilled Midi Dress

Summer is giving us the runaround at the moment, but I for one am not giving up and refuse to take any nonsense.

It’s August, for Pete’s sake. (Who’s Pete?)

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