London hotels and restaurants are reinventing the afternoon tea tradition. In time for Mother's Day, here are some of my favourite tea spots with themes such as Alice in Wonderland and Beauty and the Beast.
It might not surprise you that when I travel, I like to bring home souvenirs to remind me of where I have visited. It is not unusual for travellers to do this. The tourism industry thrives on selling trinkets for tourists to take home, such as Big Ben fridge magnets or wooden toy Russian dolls. I collect art so when I travel I tend to buy paintings by local artists of places such as Lapa in Rio de Janeiro and Mekong River in Ho Chi Minh City. I have now found that it is better to decorate my home with stand out pieces from abroad, rather than trinkets that get out on a shelf and are rarely looked at.
Africa is in my blood so it should not surprise you that I have found ways to bring Africa to my lovely garden flat in London. That is not to say that my home is filled with Zebra rugs and ivory clocks. No, I have found ways to decorate modestly and inexpensively.
What is it about sunsets that make you feel philosophical? I love exploring the world but I believe the best thing about travelling is watching the sun go down from another side of the world. I'm forever chasing a life-affirming sunset. My sister mocks me for the way I chase that perfect sunset. She says that the sun sets the same no matter where you are on an island. I disagree. It's hard to explain how sunsets make me feel. Every sunset is different and every sunset tells its own story about the day. And every sunset looks different depending on where you are viewing it from. I have so many photographs of sunsets but I have managed to narrow down my top 5.
I feel like I'm never going to out-do this adventure. I feel like this is why I was born to explore. Exploring a glacier is not something you get to do everyday. It's not something a lot of people get to do at all. How often do you hear someone say "Yesterday I went hiking on a glacier"? After exploring the south of Iceland, we went east.
After making several mistakes, I think I may have mastered capturing the northern lights! I had 11 nights outdoor that resulted in some bad and good photography. Don't get me wrong. I am no expert. I am simply a photography enthusiast, but I thought I would share what I have learnt in the past few weeks.