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London, shaken not stirred

London, shaken not stirred

I’ve been busy lately, and poor. And that can only mean I have been getting out and exploring London. Of course there is never a shortage of activities going on in this incredible city – from the totally touristy to the hyper hipster, it’s quite easy to spend all one’s spare change on culture, food, … Continue reading

Barcelona, third time lucky

Barcelona, third time lucky

I am lucky indeed to have visited Barcelona for the third time in as many years. What a beautiful city it is. I could live there forever, eating all the tapas, soaking up all the sun and buying all the clothes in El Born. My first trip was in winter with Mum, then in a … Continue reading

Fat and happy in Florence

Fat and happy in Florence

Although I thought it would be impossible to top the eating experience I had for my birthday in the Tuscan hills (I was hiccoughing truffle oil and chianti all afternoon!), we were in Italy after all and there was a lot more eating to be done. We did a great Florence Free walking tour in which our … Continue reading

Buon compleanno! My birthday in Tuscany

Buon compleanno! My birthday in Tuscany

Recently returned from an absolutely amazing 6 day trip to Florence and Cinque Terra and I have so many things going through my head that I’ve decided this can’t just be one blog post. So first and most importantly, my birthday! I have had some amazing birthdays; my 21st on the beach in New Caledonia, … Continue reading

January Blues

January Blues

I am watching a BBC Attenborough show and I’m almost in tears because the chipmunk we have followed all through Autumn has now had his entire acorn stash decimated by an older, sneakier rival. How will he survive the long, cold winter? How will I survive the long, cold winter!? January tends to do this to people … Continue reading

Noël en Alsace

Noël en Alsace

Things rarely go to plan when travelling at Christmas time, do they? Particularly in a country that takes its jours fériés very seriously and when a dependency on fluffy, white snow is vital to the holiday activities. The choice to go to the Alsace region in France, which runs along the German border, seemed to me … Continue reading

Sausage fest, Robin Hood and a meow-tfit

Sausage fest, Robin Hood and a meow-tfit

Who doesn’t love a food festival and a bit of medieval pageantry? Welcome to the East Midlands. A band of cities and countryside about two hours north of London often ignored by tourists and Aussie expats. Also often ignored by Brits, judging by the bemused reactions of my colleagues when I said we were going … Continue reading

Languedoc; for the love of France.

Languedoc; for the love of France.

My trip to the Languedoc region last week reminded me of all the reasons why I love France and that I really was lucky enough to live la vie francaise in Périgueux, which seems like a lifetime ago now. Although a long, wet winter in the Dordogne definitely didn’t compare to the beaming, Occitanie sunshine … Continue reading

Budget, English Okonomiyaki

Budget, English Okonomiyaki

Emphasis on the NOM! I have been craving Okonomiyaki (a type of Japanese, cabbage pancake for the uninitiated) for quite some time. London is incredibly multicultural and I’m sure there are a multitude of restaurants where I could get one just within my suburb but I wanted to be creative. Unfortunately, while London is multicultural … Continue reading

Barcelona burrrrn

Barcelona burrrrn

Thou shalt not expose thine white European body to four hours of Spanish midday sun. Spending five days with my brother (the tannedest damn person on earth) in Barcelona was exactly what I need to give my winter skin some colour….Espagna red. All I can think right now is soulagement. A word that I think … Continue reading