13
Aug
2017
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Caorunn Gin Garden at Hotel Du Vin

If you’ve visited Edinburgh during the month of August, you’ll know that the city takes on its own irrefutable vibe. Home to the world’s biggest arts’ festival, you can find just about any kind of entertainment if you look hard enough. It’s fantastic, and as a resident of the city, I love watching tourists and locals alike enter into the spirit of all that the Edinburgh Festival has to offer. Having said that, it can get a bit overwhelming. During August, Edinburgh’s population doubles, making it that much more difficult to get anywhere. People flock in their droves to the...
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30
Jul
2017
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Lemon and basil gin mojitos

The weather in Edinburgh was very contrary yesterday. One minute, it was warm and sunny. The next, the rain was coming down so hard it was bouncing off the pavement. Then it was sunny again, and so on, and so forth. In between sitting out in the garden and running indoors to take refuge, there were lemon and basil mojitos, made with the delicious Gin Mare. 31Dover – an online drinks vendor with an unbeatable selection of wine, beer, spirits and barware – kindly sent me a bottle of Gin Mare to try. Their timing couldn’t have been more perfect,...
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20
Jul
2017
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How to (try) and beat the post-holiday blues

I always suffer from the post-holiday blues. The days following my travels are spent strategising ways to still earn a salary while working my way around the globe. So far, I’ve drawn a blank. My latest jaunt took me to Italy, where I had four days on the Amalfi Coast, followed by three days in Naples. I arrived in the UK on Sunday afternoon and was headlong back into work on Monday morning. The post-holiday blues never made an appearance, and when I was still feeling good on Tuesday, I thought I had dodged them this time round. No such...
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8
Jul
2017
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Italy here I come

My case is packed, my reading list is in order and I have more podcasts downloaded than I’ll ever have time to listen to, which can only mean one thing; holiday time. For the next week, I’ll be in Italy, doing all the things you’d expect from la dolce vita. I plan to eat lots of ice cream, drink lots of spritz and generally take in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Since all of the above will be keeping me pretty busy, I won’t be blogging for a few weeks, but you can keep up with...
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25
Jun
2017
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Prague part 2

Since I’m visiting Brussels this week and Sorrento in two weeks’ time, I’m sticking firmly with the travel theme with my second post on our trip to Prague. While part one was all about Prague’s stunning architecture, this post is about two things that are very close to my heart: food and drink. I’m sure everyone knows that the Czech Republic is famed for its beer. In fact, our walking tour guide reliably informed us that in this part of the world they drink more beer per capita than anywhere else in Europe. Why? Well, the Czech Republic produce some...
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5
Jun
2017
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World Gin Day

When someone somewhere decides to dedicate a whole day to gin, it’s worth celebrating. And that’s exactly what millions of people worldwide will be doing on Saturday 10 June in celebration of World Gin Day. With just days to go until this global celebration, I’ve got my gin fix covered. Thanks to the lovely folks at Fentimans, I have a variety of different tonics and ready-mixed gins to have quite the celebration. I *may* have started my celebrations early by cracking into some of the gorgeous rose lemonade mixed with Bloom gin a whole week early. In my defence, the...
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