Budget lens for Safari – Tamron SP AF 70-300 F/4-5.6 Di VC Review

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 […]

Grande Roche Hotel, Paarl

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, […]

The Test Kitchen

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. […]

POD Camps Bay

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 […]

Number One, Edinburgh

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.

Walking up Arthur’s Seat

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 […]

The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh

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 […]

New York by Night with Citifari

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 […]

5 Differences between London and New York

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 […]

Travel Review 2016

Lots of travelling and a poorly kept resolution to blog more! February – Modena & Bologna After a quiet January detoxing at home, our first trip this year was to Italy, primarily to visit number one restaurant in the world, Osteria Francescana, with our fellow foodie friends Debbie and Sam. A weekend all about delicious […]

Relaxing in Pipa

After spending a week in Rio for the Olympics, we knew that we would want the second week of our holiday in Brazil to be about pure relaxation. We asked a Brazilian friend for her tips and she recommended we visit Pipa, a small relaxed beach town in the North East, close to Natal. The […]

Visiting Rio for the Olympics

Four years ago the Olympics came to London. The excitement started more than a year in advance when tickets went on sale. Living in Amsterdam at the time, we planned to splurge on a week’s worth of tickets, seeing all the big sports – cycling, athletics and swimming. In the end though it turned out […]