Santa Teresa is an area of Rio de Janeiro, high up on the hill tops with incredible views over the city. It's a bohemian district, full of street art, cool shops, independent clothes boutiques and some fantastic restaurants. It's also linked well to other districts with the famous tram, as well as being an easy … Continue reading Casa Cool Beans – Santa Teresa
I recently spent a weekend in Derby as I've been trying to explore more new places within the UK, and I found it friendly, fun and historic, with so much to offer for all ages. I had an action packed few days including a lot of delicious food, historic buildings, shopping & beautiful landscapes. Here … Continue reading What to do in Derby?
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