Brexit, Catalan independence and the great expat escape

I’m currently in Barcelona and the closer we get to winter, the hotter it’s getting. The hottest day of the year is yet to come. On 1st October a referendum is scheduled to take place regarding Catalonia’s future as an independent state. Whether it’s an illegal attempt to seize power by a minority or the repression of a people’s right…
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How to get away from it all in luxury

Over the last few months I’ve been abroad for weddings, to see family and just to get away from it all. As a blogger I embrace technology, but I also need a respite and I especially love holidays where I can disconnect. As expats, it’s not always easy to get away from it all is it? Perhaps it’s a visa…
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Is this the coolest Hotel in the world?

Newsflash: unlike other lifestyle bloggers I’m not cool. A friend’s teenage daughter once said she loved how I wore hats in an ironic way. I don’t dress ironically. I dress to stay warm. She thought I was dressing to be cool and when she found I wasn’t, she reckoned that was also cool. Teenage fashion is very confusing. No matter…
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My Favourite Travel Beauty Products

These last few days I’ve been doing a KonMari tidy up of my beauty cabinet. I’ve chucked out the foundations that make me look like I’ve eaten too many carrots, the face masks that smell of mouldy vanilla (I think they’re meant for teenagers anyway) and a zillion dried up pots of eye cream (more likely to give me conjunctivitis…
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Bettys Tea Rooms, York: An English tradition with local magic

Visitors to York would be forgiven for thinking that Bettys is a tourist trap. A review by a renowned food critic mocked Bettys for its clever marketing. Walk past the horrendous queues snaking around the square, listen to the mix of languages among its diners and you might walk straight back out in search of something more authentically local. Please…
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