When I decided to visit Derby for a short break then The Coach House B&B immediately jumped out at me as the place I wanted to stay. With only a few rooms it's in high demand of course but the size makes for a wonderfully personal visit. I had the pleasure of staying in the room … Continue reading The Coach House B&B – Derby
I wasn't expecting Derby to have such a great range of restaurants, from local specialities to fine dining and from funky independents to quaint tearooms, but it turns out the city has a huge amount to offer, so much so that I had to undo my jeans when I drove home from my 3 day … Continue reading Dining in Derby – Where to eat?
Lake Charvak is the pearl of the Tien Shan Mountains. A reservoir dammed by the Soviet built hydroelectric dam, it's the most popular recreational area in Uzbekistan. The lake takes a couple of hours to reach from Tashkent and is at an altitude of 3000m meaning it's a few degrees colder than in the city, and … Continue reading Lake Charvak
One of my TV shows features me excitedly walking towards a cake museum whilst announcing that 'anyone who knows me, knows that my ideal day involves some kind of cake', and it's true! Cake is used to celebrate lots of occasions, birthdays of course, Christmas, I once got some work experience at a PR firm … Continue reading The Black Forest – There’s so much more than Gateau…
Yesterday, someone asked me what the English word for Pousada was. Google seems to think the direct translation is hostel, but that doesn't quite fit, certainly they may have the laidback hostel feel, but with the touch of family that comes with a bed & breakfast, and certainly at Pousada Sambaquis, also with lashings of … Continue reading Pouso Sambaquis, Ilhabela’s tropical hideaway
Not famed for it's cuisine, I wasn't expecting much from Uzbek food, but overall it has generally been quite tasty. Very meat heavy, and carb loaded probably to help in the extreme winters, it's not a country for fussy eaters, but if you're open to trying new things you may be pleasantly surprised. Horse Milk An … Continue reading Food in Uzbekistan; what to expect.
Going away for 3 months requires some planning even for the most seasoned of travellers. In January I'm setting off to explore 3 South American countries as part of a blogging trip and I'm incredibly excited, but it has taken some coordinating with other work commitments in order to go on such a long trip, … Continue reading How I’m preparing for my South America trip