Why visit Wales?

“Why visit Wales?” is what I thought when my business partner suggested it after being told good things by our Romford removals guy. I had heard it was cold and wet and full of Welsh. I discovered these things to be largely the case. The Welsh were very friendly and accommodating so no issues there but next time I leave England’s green and pleasant land I’ll be heading somewhere warm and sunny (unless of course those delightful specimens at the WEF ban all travel unless you’re injected up to the eyeballs with tans-humanist nonsense, but I digress.

The Bear Hotel, Crickhowell

After crossing the River Severn we stopped at a little quaint town called Crickhowell. Upon seeing this pub sign I thought “that’s the kind of thing I like” so we went in. I had the duck salad and my business partner dived headfirst into the Welsh experience with some faggots.

Pit stop over we headed deeper into the unknown…

There was some beautiful scenery as made our way up through Wales to our Air B&B at Bronant Farm, Bontnewydd, Caernarfon. The Air B&B was lovely though Bontnewydd, not so much. I don’t know what is but everywhere seemed to have awful-looking council houses build next to quaint old stone buildings. They literally had something nice to copy but no, they knocked up crappy 1950’s council housing. This was even the case at the otherwise picturesque village of Beddgelert to which we got the impressive steam train with Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways from Porthmadog. We’d watched a documentary on the rebuilding of a Pullman carriage and this train had one which my business partner was keen to sit in. £140 pounds later and there we were for 2 hours steeped in historical steam-powered glory.

After what can only be described as a piss-poor lunch at the Prince Llewelyn Hotel we headed back down to Porthmadog. If I had thought that little trip had sated my friend’s lust for heading up into the hills I was alas mistaken as on next day’s to-do-list was a hike up Snowdon 😭.

There were some impressive views, and I shouldn’t complain too much as we got the train two thirds of the way up (the last section not being open due to covid or some reason 🙄). The walk to the peak was an absolute killer and not helped by the fact it was obscured by freezing fog.

Don’t do it!

I’ve come to the conclusion walking downhill is better than up (though it was more of a scramble in places) and that there is nothing like getting back to relative civilisation having been out in nature.

We rounded off our Welsh trip with a visit to Holyhead Island. I was hoping for druids but didn’t see any. We were chased out of a pub under allegations of not paying but I can assure you that was a filthy lie.
Art and Ambiance in a Milanese Escape

Art and Ambiance in a Milanese Escape

George and Lucy stepped out into the brisk Milanese morning, the early light casting a golden hue over the historic facades of the city’s center. Both in their early fifties, they had left their bustling lives in Kensington for a well-deserved escape to Italy, eager to immerse themselves in a world of art, culture, and, of course, exquisite dining.

Their first stop was the Piazza del Duomo, where the magnificent cathedral stood as a testament to centuries of history. Lucy, with her keen eye for art, marveled at the intricate details of the Gothic architecture, her camera clicking away as she tried to capture the essence of the imposing edifice. George, ever the planner, had mapped out a day that balanced their shared love of art with a taste of Milan’s renowned culinary scene.

After the cathedral, they meandered through the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the world’s oldest shopping malls. Lucy admired the elegant boutiques and luxurious displays, while George enjoyed the architectural beauty of the iron and glass roof that arched gracefully overhead. They paused for a coffee at one of the opulent cafes, watching the fashionable Milanese go about their day.

Post-coffee, they took a leisurely stroll to the Brera District, an area known for its bohemian atmosphere and art galleries. Lucy was particularly excited to visit the Pinacoteca di Brera, which housed a stunning collection of Italian masterpieces. They spent hours discussing the artworks, with George always eager to hear Lucy’s insights on the techniques and historical contexts of the paintings.

Lunch was an affair to remember at a small, tucked-away restaurant recommended by a local artist they had met at the gallery. The couple enjoyed a meal of osso buco, a traditional Milanese dish, paired with a fine local wine, reveling in the flavors that only true local knowledge could have guided them to.

The afternoon was dedicated to exploring the Sforza Castle, where they admired the various museums and archives within the vast complex. Lucy was particularly fascinated by the intricate tapestries and George by the historical arms and armaments. As they walked through the castle grounds, they shared stories of their previous travels, comparing the castle to those they had visited in other parts of Europe.

As evening approached, they found themselves at the Navigli district, where the ancient canals lined with lively bars and cafes offered a perfect backdrop for the evening. They settled at a waterfront table, sipping Aperol Spritz as they watched the sunset reflecting off the water, painting everything in shades of orange and pink.

Dinner was a leisurely affair in a quaint restaurant overlooking the canal. They dined on seafood risotto and grilled seabass, discussing their day and making plans for the next. George, who had become quite the aficionado of Italian wines, discussed the merits of a particularly crisp Pinot Grigio they had paired with their meal.

The night ended with a walk back to their hotel, hand in hand, through the lively streets of Milan. The city’s energy was infectious, and both felt a deep appreciation for the vibrant culture and history they had experienced. In their luxurious hotel room, overlooking the city they had so thoroughly enjoyed, they fell asleep to the sounds of Milan at night, dreaming of the artworks and flavors that had colored their day.

George and Lucy’s trip to Milan was not just a break from their everyday lives but a journey into a world where every corner held a piece of history, every meal was a discovery, and every moment together was a treasure. It was, they agreed, exactly what they had needed—a perfect blend of relaxation, discovery, and indulgence in one of the world’s most beautiful cities.…

Echoes of Rome in Darcy and Rebecca’s Journey

Echoes of Rome in Darcy and Rebecca’s Journey

Darcy and Rebecca, a distinguished couple hailing from the chic streets of Brompton, London, were entwined in the rich tapestry of Rome, a city as timeless as their love. Both thriving in the bustling world of media, they shared a penchant for the finer things in life, especially their insatiable wanderlust and love for gastronomy.

Their Roman holiday began as they descended the steps of their private jet, greeted by the warm Mediterranean sun and a gentle breeze that seemed to whisper tales of ancient glory. They checked into a luxurious suite with a view of the Spanish Steps, a stone’s throw away from the city’s vibrant heart.

Their first day was dedicated to the iconic Colosseum, where they marveled at the grandeur of Roman engineering. As they walked through the arches, they could almost hear the echoes of gladiators and roaring crowds. Rebecca, with her keen eye for photography, captured the interplay of light and shadow, while Darcy recounted tales of emperors and epic battles.

Next, they wandered through the cobbled streets to the Pantheon, standing beneath the oculus, feeling the light pour in like divine inspiration. They continued their stroll to Piazza Navona, enjoying gelato as they admired the Fountain of the Four Rivers, discussing the genius of Bernini and the vibrant street artists that lined the square.

No visit to Rome would be complete without indulging in its culinary delights. Darcy and Rebecca found themselves in a quaint, Michelin-starred restaurant tucked away in Trastevere, where they savored dishes that were a symphony of flavors, each bite a testament to the city’s gastronomic prowess.

The following days were spent visiting the Vatican Museums, where they stood awe-struck by the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling, and the whispering galleries of St. Peter’s Basilica. They walked hand in hand through the Villa Borghese gardens, escaping the city’s bustle in favor of whispered conversations and shared laughter beneath the canopy of ancient trees.

As the sun set, they found themselves atop the Janiculum Hill, watching the city light up, a golden hue bathing the ancient stones and modern streets. They toasted to their love and the city, their glasses clinking in the soft evening light.

Their journey continued through the winding roads to the Roman Forum, walking through ruins that once were the epicenter of Roman life, and onto the Aventine Hill to peek through the keyhole of the Knights of Malta for a unique view of St. Peter’s Basilica.

Each evening concluded with a new dining experience, from rustic pizzerias to elegant dining rooms, each meal a celebration of Italian cuisine. They shared stories with local patrons, immersing themselves in the warmth of Roman hospitality.

As their trip neared its end, Darcy and Rebecca spent a quiet morning in the Baths of Caracalla, pondering the lives of those who walked these same paths thousands of years ago. They left with hearts full of memories, promising to return to the Eternal City, a testament to their everlasting pursuit of beauty, history, and the joy of shared exploration.

Back in Brompton, as they sipped on espresso in their garden, surrounded by the familiar and comfortable, they recounted stories of their Roman escapade, the city’s essence lingering in their minds like a fond, distant melody. Their adventure in Rome was more than just a trip; it was a chapter in their lifelong journey of love, culture, and the continual quest for the world’s hidden treasures.…

Darcy, Rebecca, and the City of Lights
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Darcy, Rebecca, and the City of Lights

Darcy and Rebecca, a sophisticated couple from the posh neighbourhood of Chelsea in London, were the epitome of elegance and grace. Both in their 40s, they had carved a niche for themselves in the media industry, with Darcy being a renowned film producer and Rebecca, a celebrated magazine editor. Their shared passions included an insatiable love for travel and an appreciation for the finer things in life, especially fine dining.

One crisp autumn morning, as the golden hues of the sun streamed through their Victorian windows, Darcy, with a twinkle in his eye, proposed a spontaneous trip. “How about Paris?” he suggested. Rebecca’s eyes lit up. “The City of Love? Oh, Darcy! It’s been ages!” she exclaimed.

Within hours, they were aboard the Eurostar, speeding through the picturesque European countryside, their excitement palpable. As they arrived at Gare du Nord, the grandeur of Paris welcomed them. The city, with its Haussmannian architecture and the distant silhouette of the Eiffel Tower, was a sight to behold.

They checked into the Ritz Paris, a hotel synonymous with luxury. Their suite overlooked Place Vendôme, and as Rebecca stepped onto the balcony, the evening lights of Paris shimmered, casting a magical glow. Darcy, ever the romantic, handed her a single red rose, symbolizing the love they shared.

Their first evening was reserved for a special treat. They had reservations at ‘Le Cinq’, a three-Michelin-starred restaurant. As they entered, the opulence of the place took their breath away. Crystal chandeliers, gold-accented decor, and an impeccable service set the tone for the evening. They indulged in a seven-course meal, each dish a masterpiece, paired with the finest wines. The highlight was the foie gras, delicately seared and served with a fig compote. The evening was a gastronomic delight, and as they toasted to their love, the world outside seemed to fade away.

The next day, they decided to explore Montmartre. Walking hand in hand, they climbed the steps leading to the Sacré-Cœur Basilica. The panoramic view of Paris from the top was breathtaking. They wandered through the cobbled streets, exploring art studios and watching street performers. Darcy, inspired by the surroundings, spoke of producing a film set in Paris, while Rebecca envisioned a special edition of her magazine dedicated to the city’s charm.

In the afternoon, they visited the Louvre. As they stood in front of the Mona Lisa, they were captivated by her enigmatic smile. They explored the vast corridors, admiring the art and discussing the stories behind each masterpiece.

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As evening approached, Darcy had another surprise. He had arranged for a private boat ride along the Seine. As they cruised, the city lights reflected on the water, creating a mesmerizing effect. They passed under ornate bridges and watched as the Eiffel Tower, illuminated in golden light, stood tall against the Parisian skyline. It was a moment of serenity, and they felt as if time had stood still.

On their final day, they decided to indulge in some retail therapy. They strolled along the Champs-Élysées, visiting luxury boutiques and picking up souvenirs. For lunch, they stopped at a quaint café, where they enjoyed croissants and café au lait, watching the world go by.

Their trip culminated with a visit to the Eiffel Tower. As they ascended to the top, the city spread out below them, a tapestry of history and culture. They exchanged whispers of future plans and dreams, their bond strengthening with each passing moment.

As they boarded the train back to London, they were filled with gratitude. Paris had been a dream, a journey of love and discovery. They returned with memories etched in their hearts, knowing that the city would always hold a special place in their lives.

And so, as the lights of Paris faded into the distance, Darcy and Rebecca looked forward to their next adventure, their love for each other and their passion for life burning brighter than ever.…

A trip to Cologne

A trip to Cologne

Darcy and Rebecca, the stylish couple from Chelsea in their mid-40s, were known for their impeccable taste in all things, be it fashion, media, or fine dining. Their shared passion for travel had taken them to exotic destinations around the world, but this time, they decided to explore the charm of Cologne, Germany.

As they disembarked from their first-class flight, the couple was greeted by the crisp German air. Darcy, dressed in a bespoke suit, and Rebecca, in an elegant designer dress, looked every bit the sophisticated travelers they were. Their adventure in Cologne began with a stay at a luxurious boutique hotel nestled along the Rhine River, offering breathtaking views of the city’s skyline.

Their first day in Cologne was dedicated to exploring the city’s iconic cathedral, the Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom). As they stood in awe of its Gothic grandeur, Rebecca marveled at the centuries of history that had passed within its walls. Darcy, always the history buff, regaled her with fascinating tales of the cathedral’s construction.

After their visit to the cathedral, they strolled hand in hand through the charming streets of the Old Town. Rebecca couldn’t resist the urge to peek into the quaint shops filled with handcrafted trinkets and souvenirs. Darcy, ever the gourmand, insisted on trying out local delicacies, including bratwurst and sauerkraut from a charming street vendor.

Their love for fine dining led them to explore Cologne’s culinary scene. On the second evening, they booked a table at one of the city’s Michelin-starred restaurants. The dimly lit ambiance and the meticulously curated tasting menu took their taste buds on a gastronomic journey they would never forget. As they savored each bite and sip of exquisite wine, they reflected on how fortunate they were to indulge in such culinary experiences.

Cologne’s vibrant nightlife was another aspect that Darcy and Rebecca couldn’t resist. They ventured to the Belgian Quarter, where they found trendy bars and clubs. It was here, in the heart of Cologne’s nightlife, that they made new friends, shared stories, and danced the night away, all while sipping on some of the city’s finest craft beers.

Their days in Cologne were filled with cultural exploration, including visits to museums and galleries. They also took a leisurely boat ride along the Rhine, soaking in the picturesque views of the city’s skyline. The couple’s bond grew even stronger during this romantic journey, with each passing moment etching a beautiful memory into their hearts.

As their time in Cologne came to an end, Darcy and Rebecca realized that this charming German city had left an indelible mark on them. The blend of history, culture, fine dining, and the warm hospitality of the locals had made their visit unforgettable. They left Cologne with a promise to return and explore more of the hidden gems this city had to offer.

Back in Chelsea, as they regaled their friends with tales of their Cologne adventure, Darcy and Rebecca knew that their love for travel and fine experiences would continue to lead them to new horizons, creating memories that would last a lifetime.…

How to Survive a Jetlag

How to Survive a Jetlag

Jet lag, also known as desynchronosis, is a temporary disorder that affects the body’s internal clock when travelling across different time zones. It is common among travellers and can cause fatigue, insomnia, and digestive issues.

Fortunately, some strategies can help you reduce its effects and make the transition to a new time zone easier. Following the strategies below can help you reduce the effects of jet lag and enjoy your travels.

1. Adjusting sleep patterns

Adjusting your sleep patterns can help alleviate some of the symptoms of jet lag. To modify your sleep patterns, adjust your bedtime and wake-up times gradually leading up to your flight. This will help your body slowly adapt to the new time and help you sleep better during the flight.

Additionally, when you arrive at your destination, try to stay awake during the day and sleep at night to help your body adjust to the new time zone. If possible, get some natural sunlight during the day to help reset your body’s circadian rhythm. It is also best to limit your consumption of caffeine and alcohol to help you sleep better.

2. Hydration and Diet

Drinking plenty of water and eating a balanced diet is essential to surviving jet lag. Hydration can help your body cope with the physical and mental stress of long-haul flights, and drinking at least eight glasses of water a day is recommended.

Eating a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, healthy proteins, and complex carbohydrates will give your body the essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to fight fatigue and keep the metabolism running.

Eating a light meal or snack before your flight is also advisable to prevent dehydration and fatigue. Additionally, staying hydrated by drinking water and eating healthy snacks throughout the flight can help reduce jetlag’s severity.

3. Exercise

Exercise is a great way to help you survive jet lag. The exercise should involve stretching your body in all directions and breathing deeply, allowing your body to relax and reset its natural rhythms.

When you are on a long flight, take a few moments to practise. Exercising can help you feel more alert and energised when you arrive at your destination. It can also help reduce the disorientation and fatigue associated with jet lag and make adjusting to the new time zone easier.

Additionally, exercise can help increase your blood circulation and reduce any soreness and stiffness in the muscles and joints that can occur after a long flight. Get the most out of your travel experience by taking a few minutes to exercise during and after your flight.

4. Stimulation and relaxation

Stimulation and relaxation are techniques used to help combat jet lag. When you travel across time zones, your body clock is disrupted, and you can suffer from tiredness, difficulty concentrating, and a general feeling of disorientation.

Stimulation and relaxation can help reset your body clock and adjust to the new time zone. The technique involves exposing yourself to bright light during the day, exercising, and taking short naps.

It is important to keep your environment dark at night, engage in light relaxation activities such as reading or listening to music, and avoid caffeine and large meals. By combining stimulation and relaxation, you can quickly adjust to the new time zone and minimise the effects of jet lag.


Jet lag is a widespread phenomenon among travellers and can be managed with the correct information and precautions. Being aware of the symptoms, preparing a proper sleep schedule, staying hydrated, and eating light meals can all help reduce the effects of jet lag.

Additionally, to help ease the transition, you should plan to arrive a few days before your scheduled event, if possible, and try to stick to your regular sleep schedule as much as you can.…

10 fun things to do in London

10 fun things to do in London

Are you visiting London for the first time and would like to tour the city? Are you wondering where to start exploring the beautiful city? London has many fun activities, whether alone, with your significant other, or with children. You can visit many breathtaking buildings, streets, museums, and parks and admire the items on display or nature. Continue reading to find out the ten fun things to do in London.

1.    Visit the Tower bridge and gaze at its splendor

This is one of the most famous landmarks in London. It was built towards the end of the 19th century over the River Thames. You can gaze at it and take in its beauty and architectural greatness or walk over the glass walkway over the bridge to catch some fantastic river views. There are also numerous tours that you can take including private excursions, cruises and walking tours. All tours will help you learn the bridge’s history and see incredible river views.

2.    Visit Leicester Square

At Leicester square, you can watch cinemas and movie premiers or just rest after hours of walking around London. It is a beautiful street with many cinemas which have the largest screens in the city. There are also various restaurants on the streets that you can sample. There is a garden in the middle of the square where people rest and the square is the venue for the Chinese New Year celebrations.

3.    Tour Camden town

This is a lovely Town to visit whenever you are in London. It has various exciting activities happening all the time. These include street performers, exhibitions, shops, and eccentric pubs and restaurants. The food stalls in the town are also worth checking out. The stall traders offer international cuisine, exceptional artwork, and trinkets. You can also walk to King’s Cross or Camden Lock next to the water and relax your mind.

4.    Get a birds-eye view of London from the London Eye

Take a ride on London’s biggest Ferris wheel and see the city from a high point. The ride can take about 30 minutes. Getting a ticket can be a bit hectic due to the long queue, but you can pay about nine pounds more and get a fast-line-ticket that doesn’t require much waiting. You can spice up your visit to the London Eye by popping into the nearby London Aquarium to view sea creatures from different parts of the world, such as crocodiles and Jellyfish.

5.    Go to the majestic Buckingham Palace

You can’t say you have been to London if you haven’t visited Buckingham Palace, where the British Royal Family has lived since 1837. It contains 775 rooms and has the biggest private garden in the city. Part of the palace is also accessible to the public, so you can see a glimpse of the royal way of life. Outside the palace, you will watch the guards taking over from the guards on duty during changing guard time.

6.    Have dinner at The  Shard

The Shard is the tallest building in the city, offering some of the best views. When up there, you can have a 360-degree view of London. You will experience the thrill of a fast elevator and see attractions like The Thames, St. Paul, Tower of London and London Eye. While there, you can eat at one of the six restaurants in the building. Take your camera with you and capture fantastic city photos day and night.

7.    Visit the Warners Bros Studio and see the setting of the Harry Potter Series

If you are a Harry Potter fan, don’t leave London before taking a Harry Potter Studio Tour. The studio is in Watford, a 7 hours drive from London. You can see costumes, props, and the set at the studio. You can also go into the Gryffindor common room and walk through the Diagon Alley.

8.    Get on a bus tour and view multiple attractions within a short time

If you don’t have too much time to spend touring the city on foot, you can hop on a hop-on-hop-off bus and tour the town within a few hours. During the trip, you will see all the famous attractions in London, such as Piccadilly Circus, the Tower of London, the London Eye, and Buckingham Palace..

9.    Dine on a bus

You can enjoy six mouth-watering courses while touring the beautiful city on a bus. The bus can accommodate 38 people. Hence, you can have fun with friends, a lover or meet new people on tour and interact with them.

10.  Visit the Hampstead Heath Park

Get away from all the hustle and bustle of the city by visiting this serene park in London. It covers an ample space of about 700 acres, and it’s located in a hilly part of London. So, you can look down at the city from the park, surrounded by greenery and wildlife. You can also swim in the pool at the park.

Final thoughts

The good thing about visiting London is that you don’t have to spend money to have fun since there are many activities you can do for free. These include visiting museums, parks, and art galleries. You can even go to famous streets like Baker Street, where the famous fictitious detective Sherlock Holmes lived. If you want to do shopping, there is the Oxford Street with its many designer shops. So, pick the places you would like to visit depending on your schedule or budget and let your eyes feast on the beautiful sights in and around London.…

Top 10 Locations worth Visiting In England?

England is a popular tourist destination, with its rich history, beautiful landscapes, and thriving cities. Whether you are looking for a relaxing seaside getaway or an action-packed adventure, there are many top locations worth visiting in England. Here are just 10 of the best places to explore on your next trip to this iconic country.

1. The Lake District National Park is perhaps England’s most famous natural attraction. With rugged mountains, peaceful lakes, and ancient forests, it offers the perfect blend of stunning scenery and outdoor adventure. Whether you want to hike through the wilderness or cruise across one of the area’s many lakes, you are sure to find plenty of activities to keep you entertained during your visit.

2. London is one of the world’s most iconic cities, with its bustling streets, world-class museums and attractions, and fascinating history. Whether you want to visit historical sites like Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, catch a show on the West End, or shop ’til you drop at one of the city’s many shopping districts, you will be sure to find something exciting to do in London.

3. Glastonbury is a small town in southwest England that is best known for its music festival. Each year, thousands of music fans flock to this picturesque town to take part in the iconic event, which features an eclectic mix of performers from all over the world. In addition to the festival itself, there are plenty of activities available year-round in Glastonbury, from hiking in the local countryside to soaking up the town’s vibrant cultural scene.

4. Bath is a beautiful city known for its Roman-era baths, elegant Georgian architecture and thriving arts scene. Whether you want to explore the many museums and art galleries or simply wander through the charming streets and enjoy some of England’s finest shopping and dining, there is something for everyone in Bath.

5. Brighton is a popular seaside resort town located on England’s southern coast. With miles of sandy beaches, a lively nightlife scene, and plenty of activities both on land and sea, there are endless opportunities for fun during your visit to this dynamic coastal city.

6. Oxford is one of England’s most prestigious university cities, home to the prestigious University of Oxford. With its centuries-old architecture and lively cultural scene, there is plenty to explore in this historic city. Whether you want to visit world-class museums like the Ashmolean Museum or simply enjoy a leisurely stroll through one of Oxford’s many charming streets and squares, there are endless things to discover during your time here.

7. The Cotswolds is a picturesque region of England known for its rolling hills, beautiful countryside landscapes, and charming villages. With quaint pubs, antique shops and cozy bed and breakfasts all dotting the area’s quaint country roads, there are countless opportunities for exploration during your visit to this iconic English region.

8. York is a historic city in northern England that is renowned for its well-preserved medieval architecture and fascinating history. From exploring the towering York Minster cathedral to taking a walking tour of the city’s many ancient streets, there are endless things to see and do during your time in this charming English town.

9. Stratford-upon-Avon is the birthplace of William Shakespeare, one of England’s most famous playwrights. With museums dedicated to his work and a number of festivals taking place each year in his honor, there are endless opportunities to explore this vibrant cultural hub during your visit here.

10. The Yorkshire Dales is an incredibly scenic region known for its vast green meadows, towering cliffs and dramatic lakes. Whether you want to hike through the countryside, go mountain biking in the rolling hills, or simply relax and take in the stunning scenery, you are sure to find plenty of activities to enjoy during your time here. So if you’re looking for some adventure in England, be sure to add these top 10 locations worth visiting to your travel itinerary!