Exploring Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter for Visit Birmingham


Last Saturday I took over Visit Birmingham’s Twitter for their Saturday morning #MoreBirmingham feature.  For two hours I gave their Twitter followers a tour of the historic Jewellery Quarter and  along the way I unearthed a few gems.  As a follow up to this I also wrote a blog post ‘Exploring Birmingham’s heritage in the […]

Exploring Newcastle upon Tyne


Gateshead Quays, Newcastle upon Tyne

Any preconceptions I had of Newcastle upon Tyne were instantly blown away having spent a weekend in the city.  I made the journey North to attend a conference but also took the opportunity to explore the city. I arrived on Friday afternoon to bright blue skies and a warm welcome.  I was staying in Gateshead […]

A Boutique Hotel in Paris


After reminiscing about Paris, again recently, I remembered I haven’t told you about the most delightful boutique hotel that we stayed in.  Our criteria for our stay, in Paris, was a central hotel that was either modern or had Parisian chic.  After a little online searching I came across the perfect independent boutique Parisian hotel, […]

A Day in Chipping Campden, Costwolds


Chipping Campden, Cotswolds

With a day unexpectedly free I decided to make a trip over to Chipping Campden in the Cotswolds.  A place that I usually visit many times a year, it dawned on me that I hadn’t visited at all this year.  In fact the only time I have been to the Cotswolds this year was for […]

Walking Boston’s Freedom Trail


At this time of year I can’t help but think about New England and particularly Boston.  I, first, visited about eight years ago and spent a day discovering the City and drinking far too many spiced pumpkin lattes.  So, on my most recent trip to Boston, last summer I was keen to explore more of the […]

Enjoying Short Breaks


I hadn’t really made any firm plans for this summer, things just kind of happened.  But what a lovely summer it has turned out to be.  Family, friends and some me time, have all added up to make it a wonderful summer of new experiences and re-visiting old favourites.  What transpired were short breaks that […]