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Culinary Capitals: A Guide To Eating Out In Reykjavik, Iceland

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"Blind is a bookless man." - Icelandic Proverb
Being a self-confessed foodie and travel-holic, it seems I've subconsciously made it my life's mission to eat my way around the world. So, during a recent 3-day trip to Iceland, Tom and I spent our days (and nights) visiting as many restaurants as possible - eating as much as was physically possible - to experience first-hand what the Icelandic culinary scene is really like. (Bye bye, waistline). 
In recent years, Reykjavik, the country's capital and the base for our trip, has established itself as a true foodie destination, earning itself its first Michelin star in 2017. So with a massive influx of tourists wanting a slice of Nordic cool, there are now more restaurants in the city than you can shake a stick at. Taking advantage of their local seafood and hand-reared meats, the capital is the perfect destination if you're looking for a taste of New Nordic cuisine. 
In veritable Viking style, hearty meat stews, ferme…

Canada's Capital: 48hrs in Ottawa, Ontario

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'For those who are lost, there will always be cities that feel like home'  - Simon Van Booy
As a British tourist, when thinking of cosmopolitan Canadian cities, it's often that Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver are the first to spring to mind while Ottawa is usually left without a single thought. But with so much history, culture and adventure on offer, Ottawa is by no means any less of a multicultural metropolis than her Canadian counterparts and in fact, she's a pretty cool place to explore - come snow or shine!
Appointed as Canada's capital city in 1857 by Queen Victoria, Ottawa is indeed the epitome of bureaucracy but after spending a short while in her company, it's safe to say that there's a lot more to Ottawa than politics, poutine and pucks (of the ice hockey variety, of course). 
Where To Stay
ARC The Hotel, 140 Slater Street, Ottawa, Ontario

Ottawa's first boutique hotel, ARC The Hotel, pairs ultimate comfort with unobtrusive luxury set inside a beau…

Unique Hotels: Hotel 10, Montreal

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"Believe in something." - Dédé Fortin
Montreal; edgy, nonconformist, seductive and bohemian. A cultural chameleon with bundles of European charm, a vibrant arts scene, mouth-watering food and home to one of the most extraordinarily unique hotels that I've ever had the pleasure of visiting. 
On the corner of Sherbrooke Street West and St Lawrence Boulevard stands Hotel 10. From the outside, it looks like many other modern boutique hotels; a contemporary, grey, squarestructure with floor-to-ceiling glass windows lining half of its external perimeter. It's only when you venture inside that you realise Hotel 10 is in a class of its own. Behind the glass lies an ultra-modern reception area complete with stylish furnishings, offering guests a glimpse of what to expect from the rest of the hotel. Sophisticated, abstract and chic and with striking bursts of colour. 
But there's more to this than meets the eye.
Hotel 10 actually comprises of two contrasting buildings that li…

5 Reasons Why Everyone Should Visit Holmes Mill, Lancashire

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“Never expect owt for nowt.” 
― Sylvia Lovat Corbridge


One of the things that makes Britain so great is our wonderful heritage. Be it positive or negative, we like to remember exactly where we've come from and use this knowledge to honour our ancestors in the best way possible. Wherever we can, we like to preserve things - and turning derelict spaces into cool lifestyle destinations seems to be right on-trend at the moment. So on our recent trip to Clitheroe in Lancashire, it felt only natural that Tom and I spend a day exploring Holmes Mill, a former 19th Century textiles mill, and connect with Lancashire on a more emotional level.

For over 40 years, Holmes Mill had been left abandoned due to the decline in the industry in the North West; until recently, in 2015, when the site was acquired by the James' Places Group. With a strong creative vision and a burning desire to bring the building back to life, the James' Places Group have been working hard to create a modern-day d…

Sleeping With The Royals: Boringdon Hall Hotel

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"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."  - Eleanor Roosevelt
When Tom told me he'd planned a lovely little getaway to Plymouth staying at the Boringdon Hall Hotel, I wasn't as impressed as you might think. Boringdon Hall? Rolling the name around in my head was doing everything but conjuring up connotations of idyllic hotel rooms, glorious spa retreats and 5* luxury (I am a hotel snob, after all). But as any grateful girlfriend would do, hiding my disappointment, I offered my thanks, gushing with all the pleasantries possible - and jumped straight on Google when he was out of reach to find out where the hell he was taking me. The second the web page loaded, I was speechless and my heart did all kinds of happy, excited flips. It seemed that Boringdon Hall wasn't going to be as boring as I'd first thought and my man had undoubtedly done good. This time, at least.
The history surrounding Boringdon Hall is unlike any other hotel I'…