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iPhoneography: The streets of Nepal

For me, one of the first and most exciting moments upon arrival to a new country is catching glimpses of the people, the architecture and the vibe of the destination from the taxi from the aeroport. I remember arriving for the first time in NYC and being entranced by the wasteland of overgrown weeds, rubbish, endless highways and construction, and high-rise tenements. (What can I say? I’ve always loved the...

The complete checklist for car journeys with kids

Being from Texas, I have a particular love for road trips; the journey is part of the experience, with the open road, good music on the car stereo, chat, everything you need packed inside. Once you have kids, that list definitely expands and changes, as it does as children grow up. Here, our list, honed over thousands of miles and hours spent in tailbacks.     Water — Better than sugary drinks or...

Review: Trentham Monkey Forest, Staffordshire

They scamper, they play, they consume a massive amount of fruit. In the event your own little monkeys would enjoy meeting their animal kingdom counterparts, swing over to Trentham Monkey Forest, just outside Stoke-on-Trent. It’s a must-visit activity in Staffordshire.       We visited Trentham Monkey Forest with two tween girls, who loved every minute of it, especially spotting the babies and...

10 British gifts to give Americans for summer

Mention the British summer and you’re sure to inspire a downpour of jokes about the cold weather and rain. Never mind. In my experience there is something quite special about summer in the UK. Perhaps because the traditional hot-temperatures-and-unending-sunshine thing is a rarity, Brits do summer with a bit of flair. If you’re visiting during the summer, it’s an ideal opportunity to pick up...

England: Review of Bath Mill Lodge Retreat

My husband and I dropped our daughter off like a sack of potatoes at Granny and Grandpa’s before we turned up at Bath Mill Lodge. I would have felt a twinge of guilt, but that was the whole idea of our stay here: Have a cosy couple’s getaway with access to the delights of Bath.       We were here to try out the facilities for couples at this self-catering property in Newton St Loe just 3 miles...

A mother-daughter holiday challenge in Moliets, France

When we visited Moliets et Maa recently, the folks at the holiday company Madame Vacances set my daughter and I some challenges. Our mission, should we choose to accept it: Experience what the area had to offer and with tasks set out for us, see who came out on top. We were staying at Moliets et Maa, a delightful city between Bordeux and Biarritz that has a plethora of activities sure to keep the pickiest of...

Secret delights of Moliets, France, with Madame Vacances

  Moliets et Maa has a problem. The French beach destination is an hour and a half southeast of Bordeaux, and merely an hour north of Biarritz. It has pine forests, beaches, lakes, tennis and golf clubs, and cycle paths. There are enough activities to keep kids happy and exhausted for a week. The problem is that when you tell people you’re going, they invariably say, “Where?” so you have to...

9 tips for families at Polo in the Park

  The official signs are iris-purple, the Champagne Lanson tent is a dashing pink, the women’s dresses and children’s outfits turn them into a sea of peonies, bluebells and bright honeysuckle. Even the gents stride round in trousers the colour of spearmint, lemon meringue and coral. This was our second year to attend Chesterton’s Polo in the Park in London as a guest of the event. Once again...

Review: Gillray’s Bar at the London Marriott County Hall

  “It’s performance art meets bottle,” says one patron sitting at Gillray’s Bar, at the London Marriott County Hall on London’s South Bank. Forget the image of the run-of-the-mill hotel bar, with bland staff dispensing pallid lager and overpriced vodka tonics. At Gillray’s Bar, drinks are served with inspiring flavours, elan and a little bit of theatre. New ideas spill from...

10 places you’re missing with sunscreen

Sunburn and sun damage are insidious, coming over you slowly, like the creeping realization that you’ve squandered your youth and abandoned your dreams. Luckily– at least with sun exposure– you can start all over again tomorrow, by looking after your skin and minimizing exposure to harmful, ageing rays. I recently talked with Abi Cleeve from UltraSun, which makes high-quality, non-greasy, full spectrum suncreams....

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