Many Meals of Madrid: Part 1

It’s become a bit of a tradition for Ross and I to escape London over New Year’s Eve, so after our first ever Christmas spent in London (an excellent and very boozy day spent with friends), we left a foggy London and flew to Madrid for 4 nights. Although we’ve both been to Spain separately…

A Sunday in Whitstable

A couple of weekends ago, Ross, our friends Amy and Hayden and I took the train to the little seaside town of Whitstable. It was a bright but chilly day and – wrapped up in coats and scarves – we started our outing with a walk along the seafront. The water looked choppy and uninviting,…

Kentish Town City Farm

My company held its annual day of corporate volunteering a few weeks back, and presented us with a few charity projects to choose from. After seeing animals and gardening listed on the brief for Kentish Town City Farm, I was sold (as an added bonus it is only a 20 minute walk from my front door!). When…

‘What’s In The Cupboard?’ Afternoon Bites

It seems to have been everyone in the office’s birthday recently, and my afternoons have been constantly punctuated by a delicious sugary hit of cake, pastries or (on one particularly great day) cronuts from Domenique Ansel’s new London bakery. I am definitely not an advocate of ‘clean eating’, but I’m pretty sure that cake every day…

Emily Takes A Staycay: Columbia Road Flower Markets

With a long stretch of weekends in London ahead of me, I am looking forward to returning to more of my favourite local places. One spot I am always drawn to and keep going back to is the Columbia Road Flower Markets. They are only open every Sunday and have become a tourist attraction in…

Weekends in London: Hampstead Heath

As I’m sure you’ve gathered from reading this blog, I love planning and taking trips. But my next holiday isn’t booked until late December and I’m actually really enjoying having a couple of months to spend in and around London. I honestly feel sorry for tourists visiting England’s capital, who flock to the hell of places like Piccadilly…

The Cotswolds by way of Kissing Gates

One of my oldest and best friends from Sydney, Amy, brightened up the first few days of autumn by coming to stay with me in London. When someone’s trekked across the globe to see me, I take it pretty damn seriously, and I’d put together an itinerary of my favourite things to do in London for…

Picture Perfect: Polignano a Mare

The only day during our Puglia trip that the weather forecast showed full sun for was our last. Luckily, we didn’t fly out until after 9pm, so we had the whole day to spend soaking up the last of the Italian sun and holiday vibes. We’d decided to spend our precious final hours in Polignano a Mare; a…

Beach Picnic in Puglia

It was our second last day in our beautiful Puglian paradise, and we were hungry to see some more of its famous coastline and beaches. We’d heard good things about Baia dei Turchi, so packed up a picnic lunch and made the 90-minute journey to the south eastern coast of Puglia. The sun was shining…

Terracotta-Coloured Glasses in Gallipoli

On day four we looked further afield for somewhere to visit and decided upon Gallipoli, a town on the Ionian sea in the very south of Puglia, on the heel of Italy’s boot. We drove for nearly a couple of hours to reach the town, while I cursed at the drivers dangerously overtaking me, driving…

Oh, Ostuni!

I got up at about 7.30 on Sunday to spend the whole morning eating breakfast and reading by the pool while the sun was shining. At around midday, we could see another storm rolling in and decided to get ourselves dressed and hop in the car before it reached us. We’d originally planned to visit…

Road Trip to Cisternino, Savelletri and Alberobello

I sat next to a guy on the plane who grew up in Bari and was flying over with his son to visit his family. I wasn’t very fond of him initially – when we boarded the plane we found he’d sat in our allocated seats so Ross and I couldn’t sit together, then he…