How was your month of November? For me, it seemed to creep up from nowhere and next thing I knew, it was goodbye Summer and hello hot chocolate, log fires and falling leaves – not that I’m complaining! It also felt like my feet barely touched the ground, with trips to Thailand, the Canary Islands and Florida…some truly memorable luxury November adventures.
Who knew that Sir Elton John had one of the finest private collections of photos? I certainly didn’t, so it was a real treat to discover it at Tate Modern. The Radical Eye brings together works by some of the most iconic photogtaphers like Dorothea Lange and Irving Penn, all beautifully framed. My favourite has to be Man Ray, he was so ahead of his time. The exhibition runs until 7 May 2017, and I’d highly recommend it for anyone with an interest in photography.
Thanks to Paul, I experienced something a little different this month. Despite living in London for several years, I’d never heard of the Silent Ceremony at The Guildhall. It’s actually a swearing in of the new Lord Mayor and it takes place in almost complete silence. Incidentally, if you’ve not yet visited The Guildhall, it’s a fascinating place. There’s free entry to the art gallery and Roman ampitheatre.
There may be other experiences that would outdo driving a McLaren supercar at Goodwood, but I can’t think of any! This was definitely one of my highlights of the year.
Finding Christmas presents that suit everyone can be so time consuming, and that’s why we came up with a selection of luxury travel gifts, which you’ll hopefully find useful.
On the blog, I shared tips from our recent Brussels trip, including the best places to eat and drink as well as the top art galleries and museums. Looking back at our West Ireland photos, I’m missing that scenic area already!
Many of you will know about my passion for hidden gems, so Lanzarote is somewhere that I was keen to return to. I’d visited before with a running club and run a half marathon – which reminds me that I really do need to start running again. Anyway, I’d been impressed by the striking architecture and contemporary art and can’t wait to show you the other side to the island in detail.
With just a few days to catch our breath in London, I headed to World Travel Market for some productive meetings before jetting off to Thailand. Neither Paul or I had visited before and we were fascinated by the contrasts. From The Oriental Residence in bustling Bangkok to charming Kata Rocks in Phuket and the relaxing Sarojin in Khao Lak, I’ll be writing about our luxurious stays.
Finally, we flew to Naples – not the one in Italy, this is a jewel on Florida’s Paradise Coast. It’s one of the places that we visited during our honeymoon and I can’t wait to return!
WINING AND DINING
Mac and Wild is one of my favourite London restaurants and one that always comes to mind when people ask me for recommendations. They have nailed the casual dining trend with their candlelit decor, yet there’s nothing inconsidered about the food. Much of the meat comes from the family estate in Scotland. The venison burgers are superb and rightly won best London burger 2016. This time though, I was here to sample their Sunday roast. Again, the quality of the meat was outstanding and I loved the crisp roast potatoes that were nice and fluffy on the inside. Even the vegetables were good and I have to confess that I leave them unless they’re perfectly cooked 😉
COMING SOON IN DECEMBER
Are you looking forward to the festive season? How was your month of November?