Europe · UK

The Royal Crescent Hotel, Bath: Spa Review

Sitting on natural hot springs, it’s no surprise that Bath boasts some of the finest and most indulgent spas in the UK – the Romans clearly hit watery gold when they first started using the city’s springs for bathing and relaxation. I was lucky enough to visit the Spa & Bath House at Bath’s super-swanky… Continue reading The Royal Crescent Hotel, Bath: Spa Review

Europe · France

Hardware Société, Paris: the best breakfast in Montmartre?

Paris is for lovers, and lovers of all things brunch are richly rewarded at this Aussie-style cafe transplanted to a Montmartre side street. I was recently staying in the area, and – despite my undying love of pain au chocolat – was after something slightly more than the local boulangerie. Equally, I wanted to avoid… Continue reading Hardware Société, Paris: the best breakfast in Montmartre?

Europe · France · Tips and Tricks

Beginner’s Guide to the Paris Metro and RER

I’m usually pretty good at doing my research prior to a trip, and getting my head around all the different planes, trains and automobiles involved – but Paris seemed unreasonably complicated. Personally, I would put it up there with Tokyo in terms of transport technicality. (Actually, I think Tokyo was easier). The cynic in me thinks… Continue reading Beginner’s Guide to the Paris Metro and RER

Europe · UK

Beechfield House, Wiltshire: A Beautifully British Country Escape

I recently had the good fortune to be staying at the lovely Beechfield House near Bath, on a dazzlingly gorgeous summer weekend. (We don’t get these too often in the UK, so just indulge me for a bit on this one). Having booked a hotel for a weekend getaway with a heated outdoor pool, I’d… Continue reading Beechfield House, Wiltshire: A Beautifully British Country Escape

Europe · UK

Bournemouth: What to do Besides the Seaside

I recently found myself in Bournemouth, one of the UK’s typical coastal towns complete with miles of sandy beach, promenade, fish and chips, ice cream, and all the other British seaside cliches. Before becoming a tourist hotspot playing host to over 5 million annual visitors, the surrounding coast was regularly frequented by smugglers, until the… Continue reading Bournemouth: What to do Besides the Seaside

Europe · UK

The Bay Tree Hotel: A Luxurious Stay in the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is not only crammed full of charming villages with stunning old buildings, it’s also got an embarrassment of riches when it comes to beautiful accommodation. Choosing a village to stay in is one thing, but then narrowing down a plush hotel for a good night’s sleep is only the next part of the… Continue reading The Bay Tree Hotel: A Luxurious Stay in the Cotswolds

Europe · Finland

Helsinki: an architectural walking tour

Set against the crisp blue Baltic sky, Helsinki’s buildings are breathtakingly striking. Finns take design exceptionally seriously; just take a look at any of the furniture or homeware shops around the city and you’ll find beautifully crafted pieces made with precision and careful consideration. Everything is functional, classy and refined. The same level of detail extends… Continue reading Helsinki: an architectural walking tour