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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Sky Garden

I’ve been having a great time in London over Christmas, but one of the highlights was the Sky Garden. The three-floor space is London’s highest landscaped public garden and offers fantastic views of the city, along the Thames.

 

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Ai Weiwei

I just saw a fantastic Ai Weiwei exhibition at the Royal Academy. The Chinese contemporary artist and political activist has investigated corruption and the Chinese government’s views on human rights for many years. This substantial retrospective includes comments on surveillance, craftsmanship, social media and traditional Chinese life.

It’s worth a visit!

 

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Copenhagen

I had a great couple of days in Copenhagen last week. A visit to the beautiful Louisiana Museum to see the Yayoi Kusama exhibition, interesting new nordic cuisine and great views of the city.

 

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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 Lares 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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Peru: Lima and Cusco

I just got back from an amazing trip to Peru. We started in Lima and visited the Convento de San Francisco and the Plaza de Armas. We had a delicious lunch at Museo Larco and walked around the museum and beautiful garden, definitely the highlight of Lima! After just enough time in the capital, we flew to Cusco, which is about 11,200 ft. It’s a wonderful place with a beautiful cathedral, Inca foundations throughout the city and women in traditional Peruvian dress.

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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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