A whistle stop tour of Amsterdam

(And why you should give it more time…) I’m half Dutch, so trips to Holland were a regular occurrence growing up. One thing I haven’t really done though is spend time exploring Amsterdam as an adult… and I still can’t really say I have. Luke and I had about six hours in the city before…

A hidden gem in Manchester

  I live in Manchester. I work in a museum. You would think that I spent all my time looking round the city’s many, many cultural attractions. You’d be wrong. We so seldom find time to be tourists in our own cities, and it’s easy to take for granted some of the amazing things that…

24 Hours in Stratford-upon-Avon

I spent this weekend in Straford-upon-Avon with half a dozen of my favourite girls. They had organised everything as a surprise for me for my hen do, but it was such a perfect food and book-lovers’ itinerary that I wanted to share their hard work with you. Day One Stratford-upon-Avon is one of the prettiest…

London’s prettiest spot: Notting Hill vs Neal’s Yard

I think it’s important not to be afraid of the big issues. Like, which is prettier – Notting Hill or Neal’s Yard? London isn’t necessarily known for looking whimsical or cute, but these two areas provide welcome relief from the huge shiny buildings and crazy traffic. Notting Hill is beautiful to walk around on a…

Around the Kazimierz district of Krakow

Why is it that when winter comes, a certain type of British person feels the need to go… somewhere even colder? I made my first ever trip to Poland in December and believe me, I was glad I’d invested in some cashmere socks and an enormous scarf. Krakow is beautiful though, and there was so…

I don’t like cricket… I love it

If you’re planning on visiting Holkham Hall in Norfolk this summer – and if you’re anywhere in the vicinity then why on earth would you not? – then check the website and make sure your visit coincides with a cricket fixture. What could be more gloriously British than sipping Pimms in the sunshine while chaps…