Category Archives: Have Blog Will Travel

A foodie adventure in Birmingham

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I do love an adventure. And culinary adventures around the UK, discovering some of the country’s hidden foodie haunts and gems, are some of the best.

Especially when they involve a snazzy journey on a snazzy train on a Friday evening, whizzing me out of London and straight to the curry capital of the UK – hello Birmingham.

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The Crown, Old Amersham –
The Perfect Valentine’s Staycation

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The Crown is not your average boutique hotel. No no no. It is something very special indeed. It’s a timber-framed, 16th century property in the heart of Old Amersham, a pretty cobbled market town. What was originally a whole day’s horse ride from central London is now a half hour tube journey from London, and we made the most of this a couple of months ago, when we scooted off to The Crown to luxuriate in our own roll top bath and stroll around the grounds and indulge in some wonderful English fayre.

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Meet me in (St) Lewes

If you’ve never been to Lewes, then this blog post may come as a surprise to you. The pretty winding streets, the delicious smell of wood burning stoves as you step off the train, the picture book cottages, the generous sprinkling of antique, gift and book shops,  the sounds of seagulls and the faint taste of salt on your lips…

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A festive jaunt to Cambridge and
My Christmas Travel Hack – It’s AMAZE!

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The lead up to Christmas can become so manic that in the final days of the Big Countdown, when everyone is rushing around like a lunatic and you’re trying to find the PERFECT present that is sold out but you’re determined to find it anyway and it’s all completely fruitless and why didn’t you start your Christmas shopping earlier, I can feel myself turning into the Impatient Furious Christmas Monster.

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– Daylesford Cottages –
the perfect Cotswolds getaway

Daylesford Cottages

It’s taken me a little while to write about my time at Daylesford. This has nothing to do with how much I loved it. On the contrary, I loved this little jaunt to the Cotswolds so much, that finding how to put it into words has been more tricky than I’d anticipated.

There was a type of magic to it. A cosy enveloping wondrousness, that wrapped us up in beautiful threads and looked after us, fed us the best, best, organic food, recharged us and sent us on our way back home to London with warmth and calmness in our bones…

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Intercontinental Athenaeum Hotel
(for a sprinkle of glamour & sparkle)

Intercontinental Hotel Athens

Most of you will know that LM and I recently went on holiday. An actual holiday. One of those holidays where you stop and lie down in the sun and don’t move, while you feel the sunshine seep into the tiniest corners of you and you recharge. Like a battery. Where you can lie by the pool for hours and suddenly it’s supper time.

One of those.

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Château de Stylist

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A few days ago, I along with several wonder women, found myself trundling along in a sparkling air conditioned coach through the beautiful Loire Valley, watching *those* last two episodes of Sex and The City, eating French sandwiches, drinking French water and admiring the French scenery en route to our home for the next few days – Chateau de Jalesnes… which was even more stunning than we could have ever imagined…

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Blowing away the cobwebs
at The Gallivant, Camber Sands

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My blog has always been a place for the loveliest of lovely things. I created it with the view of providing a hub of gorgeousness and a little corner of wonder… and so I endeavour to only ever write about things that make me truly happy.

My blog has never been a place for negativity (personal or otherwise), crossness or politics. And it will continue to be this way, however it feels that since last Friday, there has been an enormous Brexit-shaped elephant in my blogging chambers… so I want to address it briefly and simply say, I voted to stay.

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– Take me back to Anguilla –
An island of warmth, colour & love

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It’s taken me a little while to write this post about Anguilla, as I had SO MANY PHOTOS to wade through. Every time we turned another corner, I took reams of snaps… which has made my job very tricky! So please forgive the enormous amount of photos in this post and I hope that they go some way in transporting you to this very special Caribbean island, where time is measured in coconuts, smiles are wider than the ocean and everyone says good morning as though they have known you for a hundred years…

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Weekend Escape: Puente Romano, Marbella

Do you see that sunshine? Yep. That sunshine right there is the overriding memory of my gorgeous few days at Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa in Marbella last month…

Short weekend breaks to grab a little bit of sunshine,  before Spring kicks in here in London, are such a treat… and this luxurious resort was the perfect place to relax, feel the sun on my skin and begin my dreams of Summer…

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Lounging in Jigsaw & dining al fresco
at Puente Romano, Marbella

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Recently I spent a few days at the beautiful Puente Romano resort in Marbella…lucky, lucky me.

My full post on this stunning resort will be up on my blog in a couple of days, but for now I thought I’d share with you a few of my quiet moments in Marbella and some of the new gorgeous pieces from Jigsaw that I wore around the resort… which have an even more gorgeous story behind them…Continue Reading…

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Supper at Sea Grill,
Puente Romano, Marbella

Puente Romano Sea Grill

This afternoon I boarded a plane, which flew me through the skies (clever) and landed me a short drive away from the Puente Romano Beach Resort and Spa in Marbella…

We arrived at sunset and by the time we’d arrived at the hotel it was all very dark outside, so I haven’t yet taken any photographs of the resort itself… I can’t wait to open my curtains in the morning and see the sun pouring in!

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Island Hopping for grown ups

I am very aware that it’s getting colder and colder here in London, but I often think that this is the best time to start daydreaming about your next holiday in the sunshine…

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you’ll know that in July this year I went island hopping with Celestyal Cruises and over four days we visited the Athens Riviera, Syros, Cosme, Kos, Ios and Santorini.

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– Crushing on Kefalonia –
16 reasons to go

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Greece, as we know, is in the middle of a huge financial crisis, however the people of the surrounding Ionian Islands are carrying on as normal, welcoming tourists with open arms and introducing them proudly to their home… The Ionian islands are thickly-forested with olive and pine trees, brimming with gorgeous white-sand, shingle and pebble beaches, turquoise seas, tranquil blue caves, cosmopolitan Venetian-inspired towns, mountain villages that hold true to tradition, picturesque ports and yacht-filled marinas…. and are bursting at the brim with heavenly, heart-stoppingly sensational cuisine…

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13 lovely things to do in Bristol

Poppy Loves Bristol

A couple of weeks ago, LM and I boarded a First Great Western Train at London Paddington to take us to the grand old city of Bristol for a weekend of culture and exploring. Bristol is a place I’ve been to a handful of times but have never really managed to get under the skin of…

If you follow me on Instagram, you will already know about many of the things I got up to, so I hope this helps to fill in some of the gaps!

We did many, MANY things and I should warn you that this post is rather long, so you might want to grab a cuppa and put your feet up before you embark on my journey…

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