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    Searching for our Twin Town: Part 2 – Lille

    August 7, 2017

    Mouvaux – a small town in Northern France – was now family. Underneath the warm glow of a pink nylon umbrella, we had finally met: an event fifteen years in the making. Despite imagining that it would be a long and difficult journey separating us, the whole thing had been disappointingly straightforward: a comfortable DFDS ferry and car journey bridging the 407km that separated us. A few hours later and we were driving into Mouvaux. Perhaps it was because I…

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  • Welcoming Hope to London

    The Sunday family day out was a Jopson obligation. Not ones for lazy sofa days, our family would rise as the dawn broke, before being piled into the trusty ‘people carrier’ and carted off…

    July 26, 2017
  • Anniversary Celebrations on Lake Como

    Stirring from my train induced slumber, I stretched and turned to the window, assessing our progress from Milan to Lake Como. Wincing as the sunlight poured in, it took a moment for my eyes…

    June 13, 2017
  • Wine tasting with Princess Cruises

    “It’s a common misconception that the grapes were squashed by the feet of workers”, our guide, Philippe, tells us. “Instead, they would wear plastic pants and be lowered in, until they were shoulder high…

    June 5, 2017
  • A Weekend in Hamburg

    It’s Sunday morning at Hamburg’s world famous Fischmarkt and the sun has made a welcome appearance. Ringing my bell, I cycle through the crowds – navigating stalls overflowing with gawping seabream, electric pink peonies…

    May 14, 2017
  • Love Run Paris

    Here’s a little known fact: I was once heralded as an athletic prodigy. This surprise announcement was made one cold morning in January, 2001. Stood on the school field, the wind making my teeth…

    March 27, 2017
  • Searching for Miniature Amsterdam

    Tucked away in Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum is a dollhouse. Placed within a carefully carved cabinet, this Lilliputian home boasts nine meticulously decorated rooms, marble floors, specially-commissioned artwork and intricately decorated Chinese porcelain. The creation of…

    November 30, 2016
  • A Christmas guide to Germany

    We all have one of ‘those’ friends that you begin to vaguely dislike around Christmas time. You know the type: the friend playing Mariah Carey on repeat come the 1st November, and busying themselves…

    October 8, 2016
  • The Faroe Islands: part two

    The morning of my 30th birthday began in the company of a witch and a giant. With the Faroe Islands now basking in warm sunshine – the gales and cold rain long gone – the…

    October 6, 2016
  • The Faroe Islands: part one

    Over the years, men from the small village of Mikladalur, on the island of Kalsoy,  have slowly disappeared. Killed at sea amongst the swirling waves of the North Atlantic Ocean, some have tragically fallen from…

    September 14, 2016