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Summer in London: Wahaca on the Southbank

Tweet   There are those moments when I’m reminded how much I love living in cities and how much I love living in London. Tonight was a glorious summer evening on the Southbank, the Summer of Love festival is going on, people were drinking and relaxing on the terrace and I met Selena from Oh, the Places We Will Go at the Wahaca Southbank Experience. Wahaca really is one of the best places to get —...

Taking a Segway tour in Barcelona El 3 Monts

TweetThere are some moments when a blogger must ask herself, How cool am I? For instance, am I cool enough to put on a helmet and ride a Segway? Can I mount with elan the two-wheeled vehicle that makes a pushbike look butch? I discovered it helps if you’re zooming up and down hills in the Sant Llorenc del Munt Obac Natural Park, the first natural park in Spain about a 45-minutes drive from Barcelona. We all...

Visiting Wimbledon the British way

TweetWhile the usual signs of British summer are here — chilly weather, drizzle, deep supermarket discounts on Pimms — this year I’m taking full advantage and doing 2 traditional British summer activities: attending Wimbledon and going to the Henley Regatta. These two activities incorporate so many things the English hold dear: dressing up, drinking, attending civilised sporting events and...

What Americans coming to the UK need to know

Tweet My brother and his family are arriving from Texas, which has got me thinking about all the helpful advice I like to dole out to Americans who visit — tips that go beyond “don’t do the Dick Van Dyke accent from Mary Poppins”. I also enlisted a couple of knowlegable and qualified friends on their sage advice drawing. Here are the things every Yank should know before visiting the UK. And...

Visiting Winchester: Things to do with kids

TweetI blame the Mexicans. My husband and I had buzzed past Winchester on the M4 for years, always remarking that we should visit. The cathedral is one of the largest in England and we have a personal connection in that my father-in-law attended Winchester College. Still, visiting might have remained one of those things to do “one day” if not for dinner at Pitt Cue on Newburgh Street (just…go....

Postcard from Costa Barcelona

TweetI’ve just spent a a wonderful few days in the area around Barcelona with the folks from Costa Barcelona. “Costa Barcelona” is actually a new name for the combined areas of El Garraf, south of Barcelona, and Mataró, north of the city. The rebranding (God, don’t we all hate that word?) makes it easier to place and easier to understand. “Costa Barcelona” is all about the...

2 secret places you need to visit in Mississippi

TweetThere’s practically nothing that travellers love more than a secret — a secret spot, a secret hotel (not so coincidentally, the name of a Budget Travel book I contributed to), any hot tip or insight that has the whiff of insider knowledge. Plus, if you’re asking the right people, the places you discover tend to be really really cool. The truth, of course, is that there is rarely anything...

Cotswolds: Delicious food at the Upton Smokery

Tweet  One of the delights of the English countryside is farm shops. Countless times we’ve followed modest signs pointing to discover gustatorial Aladdin’s caves, full of luscious cheeses, tempting meats, fruits so beguiling they’re a little bit obscene. Often I’ll also pick up some bowls or interesting kitchen knickknack as a gift. When we visited the Uptom Smokery (@Uptonsmokery), I...

Wales: Visiting the South Wales Miners’ Museum

TweetImagine the time period: It was the ’80s. We were collectively experiencing Purple Rain, we were wearing neon off-the-shoulder sweatshirts thanks to Wham!, and the miners’ strike was changing the face of that industry across England and Wales. Visit Wales sent Jenography and family to Wales to see what we could do and learn. We went to the Afan Valley, which is a beautiful area that’s a very...

Hampshire: Exploring Hillier Gardens with kids

Tweet   There are few things more glorious than an English garden in fine weather. Before I moved to the UK I had no real understanding of how passionate the English are about gardening. They feel about gardening the way so many other people feel about food or sex or myriad other things-not-gardening. I would recommend any visitor to England makes an effort to visit one of the fabulous gardens, and now on my ...

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