Monday, 21 August 2017

Brunch at The Holly Bush, Frensham

My tour of Surrey brunch spots continues!

Friday, 18 August 2017

Chilli, lemon and crab linguine

Another day, another pasta recipe.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Introducing: Lizzie, Lately

This blog refresh has been a long time coming.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Brunch at The Ivy, Cobham

There aren't many places in Surrey you can go out for brunch in heels.

The Ivy, is one of them. 

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Spain: Seville in Spring

The final instalment of my Spanish series; Seville was the last stop in our Spanish road trip. 

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Brunch at Jackson + Rye, Guildford

Walking up Guildford's cobbled high street you are flanked with a heady mix of high-end, high-street and independent retailers - some of the firm favourites and some offering something a little jazzy. 

Monday, 10 July 2017

Spain: The Alhambra, Granada

If you're in Granada, The Alhambra will undoubtedly be topping your 'to do' list.

Set at the eastern edge of Granada, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, it is Andalucia's Moorish masterpiece. It dates back to the thirteenth century when built by the first Moorish ruler of Granada - later being used as a palace by a string of emperors and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

It is, of course, known as a stunning example of Islamic architecture; the Palacios Nazaríes in particular showcasing the intricate Arabic inscriptions and geometric patterns it has become famous for. 

In short, it's blimmin' beautiful. The symmetry, complexity and sheer scale is second to none. Yes, it's a tourist trap, but it's completely worth braving the crowds for. The tiles! Stunning. 

Practical tips

Book your tickets in advance. This is essential! We have friends who have visited without buying tickets before hand and they weren't able to get in. We bought our tickets online (link here) a month or so in advance, and took a print out of the booking with us. We had to queue for a couple of minutes to collect our tickets, but it was a fairly stress-free experience! 

If you haven't bought tickets, you can get a great view over the Alhambra at Mirador San Nicolás in Albaicín. 

When you book, you are asked to select a visit time - the small print states you can visit at any point during your 'shift'. The morning shift runs from 8.30am - 2.00pm and the afternoon shift 2.00pm - 8.00pm (or 6pm in Winter months). Your booked slot allows you to visit the Palacios Nazaríes during that set time; be sure to arrive with enough time to make your way across the site - they recommend an hour before. 

Take water, wear good shoes, enjoy the amazing views over Granada from the top!


Friday, 30 June 2017

A simple prawn and cherry tomato pasta

I'm always keen to add simple, tasty recipes to my mid-week repertoire.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Spain: two days in Granada

Granada made the second stop on our Spanish road trip - in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, it is home of The Alhambra and free tapas. Yes, you heard it here first.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Warm chicken, feta and grilled peach salad

Hot, innit?

Friday, 16 June 2017

Spain: Marbella Old Town

When we told people we were visiting Marbella, we were met with sniggers.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

How to personalise your walls in your rented home

Living in a rented flat can make personalising your home difficult.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

How and why you should hire a scooter in SE Asia

Hiring a bike is undoubtedly the best way to get around in SE Asia. Push bikes are fun, but Asia is all about the scooter. In countries like Vietnam and Indonesia, scooters reign supreme on the road. Join in, you know you want to!

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Some thoughts on approaching 30

Turning thirty is a big deal, right?

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Vietnam: a perfect week in Hoi An

Oh Hội An, what a dream. 

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Chickpea burgers, and a new project

'Cos nothing says HELLO! better than a well-dressed burger, right?

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

The Royal Exchange, Lindford

If you were to ask me what makes a good Sunday, my response would undoubtedly include walking in the sunshine with friends, to a good pub. 

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Vietnam: Riding the Hai Van Pass without a tour

Dubbed the 'one of the best coast roads in the world' by Jeremy Clarkson, the Hải Vân Pass is spectacular.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Thai Khun, Guildford: Cookery School

Last year we spent almost two months in Thailand, where we fell in love with both the country and the cuisine.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Vietnam: a 36 hour stopover in Hue

Huế - once at the heart of the Nguyễn dynasty - may not be topping everyone's Vietnam must-see list.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Vietnam: Ninh Bình to Phong Nha

Ninh Bình is known as 'the inland Halong Bay' to many, for its towering limestone karsts and stunning scenery.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Tom Kha Gai

My favourite dish we discovered in Thailand; Tom Kha is a coconut milk soup fragranced with lemongrass and galangal, with a chilli kick.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Three days in Copenhagen: a photo diary

After spending six months of 2016 travelling SE Asia, I knew 2017 had a lot to live up to.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

The importance of self care

"You can't pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first."


Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Vietnam: a motorbike trip from Sapa to Hà Giang

Sapa (or Sa Pa) is set in the mountainous north of Vietnam, approximately 300km from the capital Hanoi. And in terms of scenery, you couldn't get much different!

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Margate: the semi-insider's guide

A true rags-to-riches story, Margate has left its run-down seaside destination days firmly in the past.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Vietnam: a week in Hanoi

Vietnam's ascending dragon; Hanoi is chaotic and charming in equal parts. 

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Vietnam: how to book a Halong Bay cruise

Halong bay; the jewel in Vietnam's crown.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Homemade 'nakd' bars

Almost two years ago I posted a recipe for making your own Nakd-style bars.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Vietnam: Hanoi, two alternative tours

Hanoi was our first stop in Vietnam, and we found it hard to leave.

Monday, 2 January 2017

Thailand: my top 5

Thailand; the land of smiles.
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