Europe, London, Travel

Visiting St Paul’s Cathedral After Hours – Reformation Lates

14th January, 2018

St Paul’s Cathedral is one of my favourite places in London. With it’s iconic dome, awe-inspiring interior and panoramic views, I think it’s a must-see for anyone visiting the city. Normally you’re not allowed to take photographs inside the cathedral, so when I heard about these special late openings where they would be allowing photography, […]

Europe, Travel

Three things to do in a day in Bordeaux

6th January, 2018

After our stay in Saint-Emilion we had about 24 hours to spend in the city of Bordeaux. I would have liked a little more time but we still managed to fit in most of what we wanted to see. If you’re short on time, here are my three favourite things to do in Bordeaux. Climb […]

Life, Travel

Travel wishlist for 2018

1st January, 2018

It’s been a long time since I took part in a travel linkup, so I thought I’d kick off the year by sharing my 2018 travel wishlist. I don’t have any trips booked yet but I’ve got lots of ideas on where I’d like to go this year. Winter sun in Seville I sometimes find […]

Europe, Travel

Review: Château Hôtel Grand Barrail, France

26th December, 2017

While looking at accommodation options in Bordeaux I came across Château Hôtel Grand Barrail. This 19th-century Château is just 3km outside Saint-Émilion and after seeing the photos we decided we had to spend a couple of nights here during our trip. Château Hôtel Grand Barrail is one of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World […]

Europe, Travel

What to see and do in Saint-Émilion, France

18th December, 2017

I had a couple of holiday days to use before starting my new job in October, so we booked a trip to Bordeaux after finding some cheap flights. In addition to exploring the city of Bordeaux we took the opportunity to visit the medieval town of Saint-Émilion, renowned for it’s wine production. Many people visit […]

Europe, London, Travel

Day trips from London: Knebworth House

2nd December, 2017

I finally crossed Knebworth House off my Historic Houses Association bucket list on their last open day of 2017. Located near Stevenage in Hertfordshire, this stately home is just over an hour away from London, making it ideal for a day trip. On the day I visited, access to the house was via guided tour […]

Europe, London

Open House London 2017

25th November, 2017

Open House is one of my favourite events in London. For one weekend, members of the public can visit over 800 buildings in the capital for free. It’s a fantastic opportunity to have a snoop inside places which are not normally accessible. Here are the places I was able to visit during this year’s event: […]

Europe, London, Travel

Taking a ride on London’s Mail Rail

18th November, 2017

The Mail Rail was a small underground railway that operated in London from 1927 until 2003. The network spanned 6.5 miles from Paddington to Whitechapel, carrying millions of letters daily between the city’s mail sorting stations. The Royal Mail shut down the railway when the running costs became significantly more expensive than using road transport, […]

Europe, Travel

A sunny afternoon at Elton Hall

28th October, 2017

After our visit to the Wimpole Estate we stayed overnight at an Airbnb so we could explore more of the area. The next day we rode over to Elton Hall, near Peterborough, to visit on one of their rare opening days. Elton Hall has been home to the Proby family since 1660. Sir Peter Proby, […]