Category Archives: The Great Outdoors

The New Forest and Salisbury Cathedral

I spent a few days in the New Forest (a heathland and forest in south-west Hampshire) over New Years which was lovely. The weather wasn’t great, but I managed to get out for a spectacular walk along the coast line and have a fun New Year’s Eve in the charming village, Milford on Sea. I also went to Salisbury, the cathedral city in Wiltshire. Salisbury Cathedral was built from 1220 to 1258 and has the tallest church spire in the UK. It contains the world’s oldest working clock (from AD 1386) and has the best surviving copy of the Magna Carta. This little excursion was a great way to start 2016!

 

 

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Maine and Boston

I just got back from a wonderful holiday in Maine and Boston. The weather was great, the food was delicious, there were lots of great outdoor activities and the company was perfect!

Biddeford Pool

 

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Richmond

I had a wonderful day out in Richmond (the borough in South-West London) this weekend. We went to Petersham Nurseries, a garden centre with a delicious cafe and then walked along the River Thames to Ham House. Built in 1610, the house was given to William Murray, who held the role of the whipping boy to King Charles I. The house remained in the family until 1948 when it was given to the National Trust.

 

 

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Cote d’Azur

I just got back from a wonderful holiday on the Cote d’Azur. We stayed in the charming town of Antibes and drove to Nice, Monaco, Eze, Saint Paul de Vence, among other towns. The food and rose wine is delicious, the landscape is beautiful and I was with great company. I can’t wait to go again!

 

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The Lares Valley and Machu Picchu

The┬áLares Valley trek was spectacular, with amazing mountain scenery, alpine lakes, waterfalls and herds of llamas. We started in the small village of Huaran and ended our hike in the hot springs just outside of Lares. We crossed paths with locals, saw stone houses covered with thatched roofs and took in the beautiful landscape. From there we took the train to Machu Picchu village (Aguas Calientes) and then a bus up to the Inca site. Built around 1450, it was abandoned about a century later at the time of the Spanish Conquest. It remained unknown until 1911 when American historian Hiram Bingham discovered the forgotten city. It’s a really special place and I would highly recommend not only Machu Picchu but Peru!

 

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The Cotswolds

I had a WONDERFUL weekend in The Cotswolds. We rented a car and drove to some of the most charming towns, Stow on the Wold, Chipping Camden, Broadway, Winchcombe, Cirencester, Tetbury, and Lacock. We walked through fields of sheep, stopped at farm stands and ate delicious food. It was a lovely weekend!

 

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East Sussex

I had a wonderful weekend with friends in a cottage in Camber, a small town located behind sand dunes and near Rye, on the south-east coast of England. It was wet and cold but we had a great time!

 

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Maine in the Winter

I had a WONDERFUL holiday in Maine. The light is so beautiful in the winter, so here are a few photos.

 

 

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Happy New Year!

I hope everyone has a wonderful and festive New Years!

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Blenheim Palace

I had a great visit to Blenheim Palace this weekend. Built between 1705 and 1722, the only non-royal country house in England to hold the title of palace was the home of Winston Churchill. Located in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, it’s now the principal residences of the dukes of Marlborough. Very recently the Blenheim Art Foundation was created and┬áthe first ever exhibition (currently on) is Ai Weiwei, the prolific and social activist artist from Beijing. The grounds of the palace are beautiful, the house is stunning and I now have a new appreciation for Ai Weiwei’s work!

 

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