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    Exploring Finnish Lakeland

    July 5, 2018

    Staring at the detailed map I’d unravelled, my eyes struggled to focus on the hundreds of small, blue shapes that dotted the paper. We were headed to Tampere –  the gateway to Finland’s Lakeland – and a bustling city in its own right. Keen to learn more about the country past its capital city, Helsinki,  this beautiful area lies at the heart of Finnish culture. Indeed, as a country that prides itself on its connection to nature (I noted that…

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    Discovering Helsinki

    For most, Helsinki occupies something of a cultural grey area. Not quite Scandinavian, but undoubtedly Nordic; and not entirely Eastern European, yet tantalisingly close to Estonia and Russia, you might be forgiven for thinking…

    July 1, 2018
  • Ochi Beach Resort

    Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, Jamaica

    “Where you’ll be staying is the real Jamaica. Jamaica with the jungle and the rivers; the mango trees and the beach. It’s the raw Jamaica I love”, our driver declares. “And you’re going to…

    June 21, 2018
  • Sandals Grande Antigua: A Luxury Stay

    Settling into my British Airways seat, I set about my fastidious pre-flight routine. Pulling out my fluffy socks, I carefully slid them over my feet before turning my attention to the TV screen in…

    June 7, 2018
  • Fulfilling Our Childhood Dream in Florida

    Since our trip to Anna Maria Island  last year, Florida is a state that has continued to surprise us. A sleepy, pastel-coloured haven located off the Gulf of Mexico, our week on this idyllic island…

    June 3, 2018
  • A Visit to St Pete, Florida

    “I don’t know why, but I woke up this morning and felt like some Cuban food”, a voice comes from the table next to us. “Like pulled pork or something. I’m Buddy by the…

    May 30, 2018
  • Swimming with Manatees on Crystal River

    For someone who prides themselves on an eclectic, wide-ranging bucket list, the experience of swimming with manatees came as a rather late addition. In fact, prior to visiting Anna Maria Island last year, the…

    May 22, 2018
  • Where to eat in Tampa

    A Two-Day Guide to the City of Tampa, Florida

    There is something stirring in Tampa: an energy, an excitement, a buzz. Walk through the city’s downtown area – a territory once dominated by linoleum-filled skyscrapers – and you might feel it rush by;…

    May 14, 2018
  • A Stay at the Luton Hoo Hotel

    Mr Frederic Billet is a very busy man. Deputy Hotel Manager for the majestic Luton Hoo Hotel, he has VIP guests to meet, grounds to keep, barrel aged wines to select and perhaps most…

    April 20, 2018
  • A Night At The Arch Hotel, London

    In 1791, London’s Great Cumberland Place was complete. A handsome thoroughfare that ran between Marble Arch and leafy Hyde Park, Great Cumberland was a street lined with towering Georgian mansions and flickering oil lamps…

    April 18, 2018
  • Discovering The Dartmoor Artisan Trail

    ‘It’s like the scene from Ghost,’ Laura quipped, ‘Just without the romance or skill.’ Ignoring her jibes, I hesitantly pressed the pedal that controlled the slippery red clay – the wobbly mass forming a…

    April 3, 2018