Chocolate Overdose in the Cailler Chocolate Factory
May26

Chocolate Overdose in the Cailler Chocolate Factory

Chocolate Heaven at Maison Cailler Switzerland is famous for its chocolate, so, the No. 1 thing on my To Do List while I was in Switzerland was to take a tour around a chocolate factory. The best and most famous is the Maison Cailler in Broc, the first chocolate factory in Switzerland. Cailler chocolate is not very well-known in the UK but everyone knows Nestlé, the cheaper brand of the name. To get to the factory, I caught the...

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The Pretty Painted Houses of Lucerne, Switzerland
Apr05

The Pretty Painted Houses of Lucerne, Switzerland

Lake Lucerne, Switzerland I’ve been so lax in my writing lately.  From the new year up until April, I’d only spent 4 weeks in the UK so I really need to catch up with some of the fabulous places that I’ve been to since before Christmas. One of the most beautiful places I’ve seen is Lucerne, sitting on Lake Lucerne in Switzerland.  It’s only a tiny town, but it sits on the end of the glittering lake in a...

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My Top 5 Shopping Malls in Dubai
Nov24

My Top 5 Shopping Malls in Dubai

I knew there would be a few malls in Dubai, but I wasn’t prepared for the scale or grandeur of the buildings; they are completely over the top for entertainment value and absolutely huge.  Shopping seems to be the national pastime here. There are malls everywhere, hundreds of them, and most are cities in themselves as they are so vast.  They have every conceivable thing you could possibly want or imagine so it’s impossible...

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Lake Como……James Bond and Star Wars?
Oct20

Lake Como……James Bond and Star Wars?

The Towns around Lake Como Lake Como is definitely one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. It’s no wonder celebrities flock here to buy up the luxurious pastel-painted villas that sit on the side of the lake. This spectacular shoreline has been a popular destination for the rich aristocracy of Milan for at least a five hundred years. Pretty coloured houses on the side of the lake – Como Town After spending two...

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The Gellért Thermal Spa, Budapest
Sep26

The Gellért Thermal Spa, Budapest

The Gellért Thermal Spa, Budapest What do you do when you step out of your hotel ready to see the sights of the city and it’s bucketing down with rain?  Well, you turn right back again and go and sit in the Thermal Spa to get warm!  Luckily for me, I was staying in the Gellért Hotel, which houses one of the most famous Thermal Spa Baths in the whole of Budapest. Also lucky for me, as a guest of the hotel, I was entitled to one...

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Sacher Torte in the Café Sacher, Vienna
Aug30

Sacher Torte in the Café Sacher, Vienna

Sacher Torte in the Café Sacher, Vienna High on my list of things to do whilst I was in Vienna was sampling the famous Sacher Torte in the original Café Sacher, in the heart of Vienna. Vienna is famous for its ‘kaffeehauses’ and perhaps Café Sacher is the most well-known of them all. The Café Sacher is situated on the ground floor of the Hotel Sacher in a grand old property in Vienna’s first district that opened in 1875....

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London for Free – A cultural walk along the South Bank – Part 2
Aug10

London for Free – A cultural walk along the South Bank – Part 2

Continuing our walk along the South Bank…..(from Part 1 here) The Golden Hinde Just a few short steps from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre where I ended the first part of my walk along the South Bank, there’s a really vibrant area full of upmarket apartments, restaurants and cafés all converted from the old river warehouses, where you’ll find The Golden Hinde, Sir Francis Drake’s old Galleon, in all her...

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London for Free – A cultural walk along the South Bank – Part 1
Jul26

London for Free – A cultural walk along the South Bank – Part 1

Taking a stroll along London’s South Bank  There’s one advantage of me working in the City and that is I can always find somewhere to walk in my lunch hour.  One of the places I love to walk is along the South Bank where there’s loads to see and do and most of it for FREE! The walk stretches for over two miles from the London Eye right the way up to Tower Bridge and there’s always a photo opportunity as the...

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Not just for VIP’s – Using an Airport Lounge
Jul14

Not just for VIP’s – Using an Airport Lounge

Everything you need to know about using an Airport Lounge Airport lounges are my best-kept secret; I love them. These calm and secluded areas make travelling less tortuous…and they’re not just for jet-setters or elite frequent flyers and they do make you feel rather special when you rock up. Think about what it costs you when you’re at the airport.  By the time you’ve bought a sandwich, a coffee, a book or glossy magazine...

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Hiking up to the Pulpit Rock, Preikestolen, Norway
Jul06

Hiking up to the Pulpit Rock, Preikestolen, Norway

When in Norway, go and hike! This weekend I found myself in the pretty little harbour town of Stavanger, the fourth largest town in Norway.  It’s full of beautiful little houses and quaint old fishing warehouses that line the harbour now converted to brightly-coloured trendy bars and restaurants. About 25 km east of Stavanger is the Lysefjord, a 45km long mountainous fjord where you’ll find the famous tourist mecca,...

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