A Relaxing Weekend at Anantara Eastern Mangroves, Abu Dhabi

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Discovering Communist Sofia

“My Grandfather always used to say that Communist Sofia was awful – we had no freedom – things are much better now and my other Grandfather would tell me that life was much better when we had communism in Sofia, everyone had a job” Martin gathered us around at the…

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No White Walls, Abu Dhabi

The Chocolate Gallery Corridor at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi is beautiful. Bathed in light, with the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque as a stunning backdrop, it is hardly surprising that No White Walls host their annual art show there. “We are passionate about raising awareness of locally-based artists,…

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Penguins of Simon’s Town

Before we get to the penguins of Simon’s Town, allow me to tell you a little story… The first time I went speed dating a rather handsome chap sat opposite me and asked me a question: puppies or penguins? Now, I’m certain he thought that was a completely innocent question…

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Travel Back in Time at Lindfield House, Johannesburg

The first thing Katherine said to me when I arrived at Lindfield House was “where did you park your car?  You can’t leave your car outside here, it’s dangerous” After reassuring her that I’d arrived in an Uber, I took a second to appreciate the strangeness of the situation. Katherine…

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Driving Across Sri Lanka

Driving Across Sri Lanka

We spent 7 hours driving across Sri Lanka, stopping and starting, overtaking at a speed there is no way my mother would approve of, desperately wishing that I’d worn a sports bra.  As we passed through an incredibly varied and beautiful landscape, which had cows wandering across the road, bright colourful…

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Departure by Xavier Mascaró at Warehouse 421 in Abu Dhabi

Departure at Warehouse421

Good art will capture your imagination and make you think.  The best art will make you reflect on real life events without shoving them down your throat. It’s a delicate balance and something that I often struggle with, but  Xavier Mascaró has hit the nail on the head with Departure.  A…

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How To Spend A Day In Brussels

Unlike some brash European capitals, Brussels is a rather modest city.  She doesn’t make her best bits obvious, she is much more subtle than that.  Both the  Grand Place and the Atomium should be on your list of course.  But once you’ve spent a couple of hours with those, here is how to spend…

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Seydou Keïta at Leila Heller Gallery

If you were going to have your photograph taken for the first time, how would you want to look? What would you want the world to see?  How would you want future generations of your family to remember you? That’s a lot of pressure right?  And something that seems quite…

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Flying High Over Dubai

I hadn’t realised just how fast helicopters go.  We zoomed our way from one end of Dubai to the other and back again in no time at all.  Which is a welcome change to the traffic that we’re usually stuck in! Phil decided that the celebration of our ninth wedding…

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Dubai Miracle Garden

It’s really the last thing you’d expect to find in the desert of Dubai;  a huge garden with displays that would put Kew to shame.  As soon as you walk through the tilted houses into Dubai Miracle Garden, it’s tough to believe that you’re still in the UAE (except for…

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Eight Museums You Must Visit

Is there a better way to spend an afternoon than mooching around a museum, soaking up knowledge and getting your geek on?  Seeing as it was International Museum Day last week I wanted to share some of my favourite museums with you. It’s unusual for me to visit, well anywhere…

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Climbing Sand Dunes in the Empty Quarter

I’ve stumbled my way up to the top of a sand dune on two occasions.  Firstly when I arrived at the Empty Quarter; I grabbed the hand of my bestest friend (who came to Dubai for a visit) and ran as fast as my unfit legs and screaming lungs could…

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Veggie Deliciousness at Mantoushe, JLT

Nestled away between the high-rise buildings of JLT. The area around Mantoushe is surprisingly green.  Even taking my seat on a cloudy day, that is so rare in Dubai, it was lovely watching the trees blowing in the wind. A modern twist on traditional Lebanese food, the decor is simple…

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The Sights of Sultanahmet

Is there anywhere else in the world that is so very jam-packed full of major sites than Sultanahmet? Once known as Constantinople, Sultanahmet is a small neighbourhood located on the edge of the ever-expanding city of Istanbul. Our first stop was the Hagia Sophia.  Built in 537 the church survived…

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