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Sicilian Street Food in Palermo with Children

Exploring Sicilian Street Food in Palermo With Children

When I heard that Palermo was ranked as one of the best places in the world for street food, I knew our family would have to check out the scene as one of the things to do in Palermo.  We love our street food and it’s a fast, easy and casual option for eating out

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Chateau de Chenonceau

The Royal Love Triangle That Shaped the Chateau de Chenonceau

There were three of us in this marriage, it was a bit crowded. Diana, Princess of Wales in an interview on BBC Panorama (1995)  With those infamous words, the late Diana, Princess of Wales, blew the lid off her husband, Prince Charles’s, long-standing affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles on prime-time television to a mesmerised nation. Royalty in

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Dubai All that glitters is gold

All That Glitters Is Gold Inside the Burj Al-Arab in Dubai

We got into the taxi and my husband realised he had forgotten the name of the restaurant where we were dining. For someone who is super-organised at work, he is remarkably forgetful as soon as he leaves the office.  It was up to me to explain where we needed to go while he was trying

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5 Things You Need To Know About Primrose Hill

5 Things You Need To Know About Primrose Hill in London

Primrose Hill is one of my favourite neighbourhoods in London.  When we were house-hunting in the area, we were choosing between Primrose Hill and St John’s Wood.  In the end, we choose St John’s Wood because the houses were nicer and it was less of a so-trendy-it-hurts scene.  A disappointed Primrose Hill real estate agent

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A recap of the funniest tweets from Eurovision 2016, a pan-European song contest

Come Together for a Hilarious Twitter Recap of Eurovision 2016

Unlike last year when we were in Austria for the Eurovision song contest, I did not even have the excuse that we were lacking in English speaking television channels.  We were home in London and, yes, I voluntarily watched Eurovision 2016 for the sheer spectacle of it and the accompanying humour on Twitter.  In fact,

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street art in shoreditch

Seven Things I Learned on a Street Art Tour of Shoreditch

Having always admired the street art in the Shoreditch area of London, I was excited to take a tour with Alternative London Tours.  These tours had been recommended by a friend who had previously taken the London Walking Tour by this company.  A group of us booked a private tour and workshop through Alternative London tours

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wild ponies grazing on moorland in the Brecon Beacons
United Kingdom

Soft Adventure in the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales

I heard this traditional Welsh song on the tour bus before we stepped out onto the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales. We’ll keep a welcome in the hillside We’ll keep a welcome in the Vales This land you know will still be singing  When you come home again to Wales. Mai Jones (1940) As

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A British Museum sleepover

A Night to Remember: A British Museum Sleepover

I crept past the looming head of Amenhotep III.  His smirk gave away his thoughts on my midnight excursion through the gallery of priceless artefacts. Don’t judge me buddy, I thought, you’re made of stone.  You don’t have mortal needs. The low rumble of the ventilation echoed through the open halls and high ceilings.  As

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safety in Egypt

How Safe is It to Visit Egypt? A Personal Perspective

My story about the Nile Cruise I took in Egypt raised quite a few comments on the safety of visiting Egypt at this time.  In fact, the most common question was ‘How safe is it to visit Egypt these days?”  I’ve taken some time to think about the answer and here are my thoughts on

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River cottage HQ Farm to Table

Discovering River Cottage and its Farm-To-Table Fare in England

In the United Kingdom, when you hear River Cottage you immediately think of a posh man with curly brown locks who traded London (aka The Big Smoke) for the rural idyll of the English countryside.  Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is one of the early proponents of farm-to-table fare in England when he set off on his agricultural adventure in

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