Having booked onto a safari during our trip to South Africa, I knew that I was going to want to come away with some pictures that I’d be able to treasure forever, either in an album, or to print out and hang on a wall in our future house. We’ve had our nikon d3100 DSLR […]

Drive out of Cape Town and it won’t be long until you find yourself in the picturesque Western Cape winelands. We were in town for a friend’s wedding and opted to stay at the Grande Roche hotel in Paarl. Lesser known perhaps than Stellenbosch and Franschoek, Paarl is spread out along a 13km main street, […]

As an avid follower of the Top 50 restaurants list each year (even though I disagree with quite a few of the rankings!), the Test Kitchen in Cape Town had been on my radar long before we planned our trip to South Africa. As is common for places on “the list”, reservations require some planning. […]

On our visit to Cape Town, a few people recommended that we stay in the Camps Bay area for its beautiful beach, bars and restaurants and as it is safe compared to some other areas in the city. The majority of accommodation in this area is luxury boutique hotels and guest houses. We chose to […]

Having booked a last minute trip to Edinburgh for Dean’s birthday, my thoughts quickly turned to a special restaurant for the occasion. After a quick google, it transpired that Edinburgh has four one Michelin star restaurants and the only one with availability was very conveniently Number One, attached to the hotel we had booked.

Having been to Edinburgh a few times in my teens with family, I was keen to do something on this trip that I hadn’t done before. Arthur’s seat is an extinct volcano with a peak 251m above sea level. After walking to the top, you are rewarded with spectacular views over the city. I convinced […]

Situated right next to Edinburgh Waverley train station, The Balmoral hotel is hard to miss if you’re arriving by train. The striking Victoria era building, topped by a clock tower looks every part the traditional British hotel. Known as the North British Station hotel until it was reopened in 1991 as the Balmoral (Gaelic for […]

I’ve been travelling round with a digital SLR for the last few years. While I know the technical side of how the camera works, sometimes I feel like I’m not really getting the most out of my camera. I’d heard about photo walks in the past and decided that while in New York, taking part […]

At the end of 2016, Dean and I spent 6 weeks in New York. For Dean it was a necessary business trip and I managed to arrange working from our New York office for the duration. Our only other trip to New York had been for a week at the end of our round the […]


We're Charlotte and Dean, a couple in our early 30s living and working in slightly nerdy jobs in London. In 2014, after living in Amsterdam for nearly 4 years, we took a career break, bought a round the world flight ticket and headed off to explore Asia, Oz and the US. Since moving back home, we try to travel as much as weekends, annual leave and salaries will allow us. We also love to eat out at fancy restaurants and are always sure to look out for interesting ones on our travel. We started this blog as a way to keep our family and friends updated on our round the world trip and decided to keep it going as a diary of our adventures, as well as a side project for Charlotte to try out her web design skills.



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