Suffolk, UK

Valentine’s Weekend at Ickworth House, Suffolk

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January and February are what I would call my hibernation months. You can usually find me either at work or at home, hiding away from the cold. This involves me being all wrapped up under layers and layers of wooly jumpers, patiently waiting for the warmer days to arrive. I did make an exception to my hibernation rule last weekend when Richard surprised me with a weekend getaway to celebrate Valentine’s day. I kept on quizzing him throughout the whole drive and only figured it out when I saw the sign to Ickworth when[...]

I’m back + some exciting news

Posted In: Diary | Home Sweet Home | Life
I’m back! Or at least this is me trying to make a come back. Shortly after we returned from our trip to Malta, Richard & I received some great news regarding a project we'd been working on for a few months…. Buying a house! I cannot believe how quickly and smoothly everything went through. It feels so surreal to say that we are now homeowners.  We moved in last month and it’s been a whirlwind of packing, moving, unpacking, sorting out utilities, rummaging through cardboard boxes… etc. But we’re now[...]

Mdina, the silent city

Posted In: Escapes | Islands
Mdina used to be the capital of Malta many many moons ago. It was then moved to Birgu (Vittoriosa), one of the Three Cities opposite Valletta, leaving Mdina rather quiet. This could explain its nickname, “The Silent City”. It seems to me like they have tried to keep things as quiet as possible  since then. They don’t allow many cars through the gates, certainly not tourist cars, just some of the locals’. Most people get dropped off from buses or park their cars just outside the city gates between Mdina and nei[...]

Exploring Gozo Island

Posted In: Escapes | Islands
  When we initially started researching the Maltese Islands for our holiday, we were torn between basing ourselves in Malta - the biggest island of the archipelago - and Gozo - the second biggest island. The scenery looked equally stunning on both islands but there was something that felt a bit more ‘real’ and slow-paced on Gozo. In the end, we settled for Malta, mostly because there was an awful lot we wanted to do there but also because it was more convenient with the airport being so close-by.   But with that b[...]

A Day in Beautiful Valletta, Malta

Posted In: Escapes | Islands
One of the main places I wanted to visit during our stay in Malta was Valletta, the capital. Did you know it only measures 600m by 1000m? Yep, it’s rather tiny but it’s packed with gorgeous streets, stunning features such as the famous wood-and-glass balconies and mesmerising sea views. We were chatting to a local the night before at a restaurant and he suggested we start from the lowest part of the city (closest to the sea) and then walk our way up towards the Upper Barrakka Gardens. He explained that[...]

St Julian’s Bay, Malta

Posted In: Escapes | Islands
St Julian’s often gets categorised as the party town of Malta but it’s got so much more going for it: alluring bays, great restaurants, close proximity to Valletta and Sliema (where a lot of boat trips leave from), some of the best 5 stars hotel in the country and good bus connections allowing you to easily go and explore the rest of the island. I highly recommend a walk on Spinola and Balluta Bays at sunset, even better, start with Maltese bruschetta and wines at Spinola, get your mains at Balluta and end with[...]

A long weekend in Paris

Posted In: City breaks | Escapes
A few snaps from when we went to visit my brother and my sister in Paris! Work has been so hectic lately that I’m only just now getting the opportunity to post these photos.    It was the perfect little weekend away. We started with drinks at a rooftop bar called Le Perchoir. We ordered lots of wine and watched the sun set over Paris while catching up and munching on charcuterie and bread. The rest of the weekend went by in a blur. We wandered around Le Marais, went for an amazing italian lunch at Le Marche des Enfants[...]

James Turrell at Houghton Hall

Posted In: Life | Life in Norfolk
                                    I first discovered James Turrell when Richard and I went to New York a few years ago. Turrell had taken over the Guggenheim museum to show his work, Aten Reign. I remember it because the installation he had created filled the iconic rotunda of the building. I don’t know how to describe it; there were several elliptical rings o[...]

Boating on the Norfolk Broads

Posted In: Life | Life in Norfolk
                Summer days are meant for soaking up the sunshine with friends and family, drinking bubbles, relaxing and … boating! If you live in Norfolk, you’ll probably be familiar with the Broads. It’s this huge network of waterways. It’s very popular and especially in the summer because you can hire a boat for the day (or longer) and go meandering down the river at your own pace. You can do a bit of kayaking or can[...]

Portmeirion, Wales

Posted In: Coastal breaks | Escapes
                        One of the main reasons why I wanted to go to Wales was to visit Portmeirion, which I had discovered online a while back through Monica’s blog, The Travel Hack. It’s like being in Italy, except you’re in Wales. I found the concept intriguing. The entire village was designed and built by Architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis. He loved Italy and was desperate to recreate the atmosphere of Mediterr[...]