The spoils of summer in Croatia

I have just returned from Korčula, Croatia for what has turned out to be our best family holiday. That combination of familiarity, independence and relaxation meant this was our best experience yet of our favourite beach-side spot.  The boys were old enough this time to swim by themselves and explore the rocks and we even…

Happy Anniversary

In post-war Australia they needed a boost to the population. Ten-pound poms and various other migrants on similar schemes were shipped and flown to Australian shores up until the ’80s. A condition of the cheap tickets offered to people from Britain and the continent was that they were obliged to stay for 2 years. After…

The food in Madrid

We’ve been meaning to get to Spain for some time and finally the moment arrived when AT and I agreed that it would make the perfect spot for our 2013 trip without the kids. The main reason we chose Madrid was to see the art and spent roughly half of each day wandering the halls…

Sojourn in the south of France

Travel can become a double-edged sword. The more you travel, the harder it is to achieve those precise moments of awe and amazement that you seek. But I like to think that instead of dulling my sensitivities, my travel experience has improved my ability to identify the beautiful and unique elements that differentiate this country…

German Christmas Markets

Over the weekend my family met in Rothenburg, Germany for some festive family fun. We met on Friday night at the Guesthouse Eberlein and promptly headed towards the old medieval town for dinner at the potato restaurant. So called because of their flair with the much loved root vegetable. It was marvelous. Beer and potato…

Paris, I get it now

Might seem like an odd photograph to start with. Why show an empty coffee cup when one’s imagination fills with the possibilities that a weekend in Paris could have, should have yielded. As I write this I’m feeling a little bit sad. I’m eating cheese that I bought back from Paris, on bread that I…

Haggis and the Highlands

I went to Scotland this week and have tried everything from Scottish rope-grown mussels, smoked salmon and oatcakes to Braemar Mist, cranachan, haggis and black pudding. I was not expecting it to be a food-lover’s holiday but I did come away with some memorable eating experiences. I could go on about the landscape which was…

Sausages and Salzburg

Before the Easter weekend, we went to Salzburg. I’ve been before and thought it would make a good destination for the boys. It’s a small city with all the sites in a smallish area and is as beautiful as a city can be. We stayed in a cosy guesthouse about 15 minutes out of the…

Leaving London

I haven’t been posting much these days because we’re preparing to move out of London. I know. Sigh… I look out of my kitchen and I see the hustle of the street. I see the chefs at the restaurant across the road taking a smoking break. I see little chavs tearing about and people walking…

Morning Tea in Oxford

I went to Oxford with Mum and VC the other day. What a wistful trip down it was on the coach whizzing past the meadows and fields of London’s outskirts. Of course the first thing we did was find a cafe. That’s our style. That’s the way we roll. It was a funny little place…