Afternoon Tea at the Langham Hotel London – Review

Afternoon Tea At The Langham Hotel London

I’m not much of a planner these days but last weekend has been marked in my diary for months – a much-needed catch up with my old college room-mate, co-conspirator and long-term friend. Of course, we see each other when we can but between her adorable children (note to the eldest: you should be a … Read more

Is it Worth Getting the Firenze Card?

duomo of florence with red roof

UPDATE: I returned to Florence, armed with another Firenze Card and I’ve updated this post accordingly: I’ve updated the comparison prices and I’ve updated the details on how easy it is to get into each sight.  I haven’t, however, deleted the old information so you can see the difference in the card in two years – … Read more

20 Best Things To Do in Florence, Italy

3 days in Florence Duomo

It’s very easy to stand in the heart of Italy’s most famous Renaissance city and wonder where to start your exploration and the idea of picking the best sights in Florence can be as daunting as the sightseeing itself. Having just visited for the third time, here are the best sights in the city. It’s … Read more

How To Spend One Day in Lucca – Italy

San Marion Cathedral Lucca

If you’re planning a trip to Tuscany, then you should visit Lucca. A small city that sits just north of Pisa (and is incredibly easy to reach by train), Lucca lacks the crowds that throng the leaning tower, the coach and cruise loads that plague Florence, and offers an all-round gentler pace for enjoying Tuscan … Read more

Things To Do In Montsoreau in the Loire Valley, France

Turreted chateau of montsoreau before the loire valley river France

It seems a little premature, but as I saw blossom sprouting on the trees this weekend I couldn’t help but feel that spring is in the air and if, like me, that prompts thoughts of travel, perhaps for a short break, I have just the place in mind: Montsoreau in France’s beautiful Val d’Loire (Loire … Read more