• ┬íHola, Mexico!

    October 28th 2014 katie

    We’re back from two weeks in Mexico – tanned, tired and well padded out with cheese and chocolate. We spent a week in Mexico City and a week in Oaxaca – it was really good to see perhaps two extremes of the same country. Here’s a first bunch of photos and my thoughts on our…

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  • Design & Wonder at the V&A

    September 17th 2014 katie

    I went to the V&A on Monday with my sister, ostensibly to check out some of the London Design Festival installations and exhibitions. But, box of wonders that it is, we ended up having a good root around some of its other corners – there’s always something new to find and admire. My sister works…

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  • A trip to Oxford

    August 29th 2014 katie

    I had the opportunity to take a little trip to Oxford last weekend. It’s always nice to have an excuse to see a new corner of the UK, and Oxford did not disappoint. It reminded me quite a lot of Bath, with the grand golden stone Georgian buildings, unspoilt high street and leafy avenues. I…

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  • Alexandra Palace History tour

    August 5th 2014 katie

    A couple of weeks ago now, we went up to Alexandra Palace to take a history tour, which we quickly booked up after joining the email notification list. Perched atop a big hill overlooking North London, it’s not far from us though quite a shlep on a couple of twisty bus routes to get there.…

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  • Afternoon tea with Truly

    July 8th 2014 katie

    Picking special presents year after year can be a bit of a pain, especially when you’re like us and have no room left in your flat for any more physical objects! That’s why I love giving and receiving ‘experiences’ instead: dinner, cooking classes, something that you can enjoy and/or learn from rather than accumulating more…

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  • Ecuador Day 5: Otavalo & the Rose Farm

    June 25th 2014 katie

    My last full day in Ecuador! I was feeling a bit emotional by this point in the trip: a little homesick and lonely (this was a solo press trip so no lovely travel gang like in Panama) but also unwilling to leave this beautiful country. I woke up early so I had time to pad…

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  • Ecuador Day 4: Ibarra to Salinas

    June 17th 2014 katie

    Today we left Quito behind and headed north, back to volcano and mountain country. Our first quick stop was a viewpoint by the Cayambe volcano and lake. This little rest stop offers great views over the glassy lake, and the shop sells tasty home-baked snacks. I’d skipped breakfast so had a couple of corn biscotti…

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  • Quito Day 3: Volcanoes, birds, and middle(s) of the Earth

    June 11th 2014 katie

    Day 3 started early, as we were heading out of town to the ‘Avenue of Volcanoes’ to the north of Quito. About an hour’s drive just outside the bounds of the city was our first stop, the Pululahua crater viewpoint and geobotanical reserve. As ever there were lots of unique flowers growing with medicinal and…

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  • Quito Day 2: 4000m high & The Chapel of Man

    June 6th 2014 katie

    The next day of my trip we were due to climb to even higher heights, then take in some culture from Ecuador’s most renowned artist. We hopped in the car and took a ride up to El Panecillo – a volcanic hill so named by the Spanish because it resembles a little bread roll. This…

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  • Quito Day 1: Casa Gangotena and Old Town

    June 2nd 2014 katie

    After a lovely bath and long sleep to shake off the flight, I was ready to explore Quito. I landed on my feet with my first hotel stay at Casa Gangotena. The above was the view I woke up to just before sunrise. This place is luxury on toast: voted 6th best boutique hotel in…

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  • Introducing Ecuador

    May 30th 2014 katie

    I’m back from Ecuador! I had a amazing trip, as you can probably tell if you were following my Twitter or Instagram. Thank you again to sponsors KLM and Quito Turismo UK for making my visit possible. I’m going to write my usual daily diary of all the fantastic things I saw and did, but…

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  • A Vegetarian tasting menu at L’Atelier Joel Robuchon

    May 28th 2014 katie

    I apologise for it being blogger-perk frenzy round here at the moment. I’ve had a good run lately! The latest was the chance to try the tasting menu with matching wine selection at Michelin-starred restaurant L’Atelier Joel Robuchon, on the borders of Covent Garden and Soho, where a new executive chef (Xavier Boyer) and pastry…

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  • Hola from Quito, Ecuador

    May 19th 2014 katie

    Hello there. I’m on my travels again – this post comes to you from Quito, Ecuador, care of KLM. After visiting Panama with their partners Air France and Branding Latin America, I’m so pleased that KLM invited me to take another trip to show off one more of their increasingly popular Latin American destinations. Panama…

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