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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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  • What to do in Helsinki

    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
  • Accommodation at Kijkduin

    A Weekend in The Hague

    It’s 10am on a grey, March morning and I’m sitting on the steps of my little seafront cottage. The rolling sand dunes of Kijkduin beach deserted, I watch as a group of dogs throw…

    April 2, 2018
  • A Guide to a Weekend in Lille: part 2

    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…

    August 7, 2017
  • 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