Posts

Showing posts from 2017

Tale As Old As Time: A Winter Weekend In Bruges, Belgium

Image
“The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life. ”Agnes Repplier
For as long as I can remember, Belgium's historic city of Bruges has been on my travel bucket list and a few weeks ago, Tom and I spent four (terribly rainy) days enjoying the sites and exploring the quaint cobbled streets. Beer, hot chocolate, waffles, Flemish stew, gin and moules frites all made an appearance and only now can I fully appreciate what all the fuss was about. 
From the South East of England, Bruges is easily accessible. We hopped on the Eurostar from London St Pancras to Brussels Midi, then boarded a local train to Bruges; in total, a 3 hour journey. From Bruges station, it's a short walk to the centre of Bruges (approximately 15 minutes) and super easy to navigate, so we began our tour of Bruges tottering along with our suitcases - like the ultimate tourists - until we reached our hotel
Having been kissed by Christmas, Bruges looked absolutely magical and there's no doubt that …

Time Travellers: 24 Hours in Old Sacramento, California

Image
“Study the past if you would define the future.” ― Confucius
There are many places in the world that have such a wonderfully rich history to share but it's so often concealed by 21st Century life that there's ordinarily no real cohesion between the stories we hear and what's in front of us. For a lot of the world, it seems we have to dig deep through the layers of Topshops and Zaras and H&Ms and Gaps and Nordstroms before we find any inkling of the past. But there's one city that has fought tooth and nail to be true to its heritage - and that's Sacramento, California.
While travelling from Vancouver, BC to Los Angeles, CA earlier this year, one of our dedicated stop-offs was to be Sacramento. Now before I started researching for our trip, Sacramento was completely off my radar; I knew absolutely nothing of it but it fitted in with our itinerary and meant we wouldn't be driving for hours before our next stop, Oakland. Because couples + foreign lands + drivin…

A Little Piece Of Cornwall: The Fistral Beach Hotel

Image
“The sea always filled her with longing, though for what she was never sure.” 
― Cornelia Funke
Cornwall is one of those places that, no matter how hard you try, it will steal a little bit of your heart and touch your soul so deeply that you'll wistfully mourn for her until the day you return. Endless miles of beautiful beaches, rugged coastlines, clotted cream ice-cream, traditional Cornish pasties, delicious seafood, enviable surfing schools, welcoming people and quaint English seaside towns doused in folklore... it's the perfect place to forget your incessant city life without having to leave the country.

With the memories of our Pacific Coast road trip fading day by day and my longing to be close to the ocean again becoming too great, Tom and I decided to embark on a little UK adventure last month and head to Cornwall for a long weekend. Dependant on how far south you travel, the drive from London to Cornwall can be rather enduring so to make the most of our short trip, we …

What To Do When You're Sleepless In Seattle

Image
“In the midst of a busy life, don't forget to live.”  ― Marty Rubin


You may not realise this but we owe so much of our modern lives to a little city that exists right on the West Coast of America: Seattle. That grande vanilla soy latte that you order every morning from your local Starbucks? It actually came all the way from Seattle. The Microsoft computer systems that you're so familiar with? They were created by some of the best minds in the world, who happened to be born in Seattle. And what would we do without Amazon, one of the world's largest retailers? We'd probably have to leave the house to go shopping, but thanks to Seattle - we can shop for pretty much anything from the comfort of our own homes. Or we can binge-watch a new series on Amazon Prime. Or read something spectacular on our Amazon Kindle. Basically, Amazon owns our souls.

Seattle is a city that I never expected to visit (I was happy enough knowing it existed via Grey's Anatomy's opening credit…

Summer Staycation: 48 Hours In Brighton

Image
“A little piece of everywhere I go becomes a big part of everything I do.” 
― Richie Norton
It's fair to say that the UK is by no means a tropical paradise but it has such charming ways, it's very easy to fall in love with. Apart from it being my place of birth and my home for the last 25 years, one reason why I love Britain is for our quintessentially British seaside - something I've only come to appreciate in my adulthood. 

Like it or loathe it, there's nowhere on Earth that does the seaside like us Brits do. The fish and chips, the stripy deck chairs, the awkward changing-out-of-my-swimsuit dance, the sticks of rock, the penny arcades, the dodgy sun tan lines, the unpredictable weather, the sugar-coated doughnuts and the happiest of dogs bathing in the sea all make for an experience that stays with you forever. 

So to keep my love for the British seaside strong, my boyfriend and I recently spent the weekend in Brighton. A town renowned for being quirky, creative and pos…