19
Sep
2017
2 likes

Best foot forward

You know that girl who would never be seen dead without a pair of heels? That was me; the operative word being ‘was’. But, gone are the days of tottering around Edinburgh’s hazardous cobbled streets. Gone is the unmistakeable throb in the ball of my foot, which was never worth the four extra inches it gave me in height. I’ve seen the light and I’m not turning back, and that light, my friends, comes in the form of the humble trainer. I sort of feel lucky that come the time I was ready to throw my heels on the fire,...
Read More
13
Sep
2017
1 like

Grapefruit Margarita

I can’t be the only one who has noticed hints of autumn. Although it’s not quite with us yet, the evenings aren’t as long as they were last month and the trees I see on my walk to work are slowly transitioning and taking on more autumnal hues. But, it’s not quite arrived yet and I’m determined to make the most of every last moment of summer, by doing all of the things that I associate with this time of year. Summer makes me think of going for long runs, eating dinner in the garden, and making the sort of...
Read More
4
Sep
2017
2 likes

Getting around the Amalfi Coast

Over the years I’ve covered a lot of Italy, but until July, the Amalfi Coast remained unexplored. Now, I see what all the fuss is about, certainly when it comes to certain parts of coastline, which are stunning. One albeit slight downside is that this part of the world isn’t that easy to get to. If you’re my kind of traveller, you’re used to flying into city airports, boarding a tram or a train, or (depending on your budget), hopping into a taxi and arriving at your accommodation in a few easy steps. If that’s what you hoped for in...
Read More
27
Aug
2017
1 like

Art Hotel Villa Fiorella, Amalfi Coast

Our recent trip to Italy got off to a rocky start. Firstly, I dropped my camera at the airport rendering it entirely useless (ouch). Secondly, we arrived at our hotel after a LONG journey, only to find that our room was double booked. Great. But there was an upside, a giant great silver lining which made everything better, in the guise of a gorgeous boutique hotel we would never otherwise have known about; Art Hotel Villa Fiorella. We had originally booked to stay in Art Hotel Gran Paradiso in Sorrento for four nights before heading onto Naples. On finding out...
Read More
13
Aug
2017
2 likes

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...
Read More
30
Jul
2017
4 likes

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,...
Read More
1 2 3 57