7 clichés I love to do in Paris – with pictures as proof!

Paris is a place of many clichés – the Eiffel tower looking romantic, chic woman drinking coffee in street cafes and of course Place de Clichy, to name just a few.  So many of Paris’ clichés may be stereotypical but they are also brilliantly enjoyable.  Perhaps I am mellowing in my older age but I … More 7 clichés I love to do in Paris – with pictures as proof!

A Café tour of Paris – Odette (Please note there is a Great British Bake Off level of puns in this review)

I’d love to tell you that I am cool and hip and that I just stumbled across this gem of a Parisian café but rather annoyingly I read about Odette’s in a guide book.  I was in desperate need of a nice cup of tea and a sit down (I told you I wasn’t cool) … More A Café tour of Paris – Odette (Please note there is a Great British Bake Off level of puns in this review)

Sintra is stunning and charming but your leg muscles may find it alarming

Everyone said you must go to Sintra – so I did and everyone was right. It is only a 40 minute train journey from Lisbon, has over ten national monuments, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is truly stunning.  With so much to see I opted to stay for a couple of nights, too … More Sintra is stunning and charming but your leg muscles may find it alarming

“You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you” – Mr Darcy

I’ve been traipsing the local dales in the Peak District like a Jane Austen heroine but have yet to bump into any dark handsome gentlemen on any of my walks.  This is where Mr Darcy lived in Pride and Prejudice, hence the title quote and my desire for a romantic “meet cute”, which alas has so … More “You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you” – Mr Darcy

Things I didn’t know I had been missing about Edinburgh

I was only aware that I was missing these things when I returned: Bagpipers, but only when they are playing non traditional songs – hearing Comfortably Numb drift over the square instantly made me feel right at home Talking with people about how beautiful Edinburgh is (I’d forgotten how common this conversation is with both … More Things I didn’t know I had been missing about Edinburgh