My Luxury November Adventures – Bucketlist Moments Galore!


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.

CULTURE VULTURE

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.

elton-john-photography-collectionThanks 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.

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LIFESTYLE FILE

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.

goodwood_ladies_day_mclarenFinding 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.

TRAVEL TALES

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.

cesar-manrique-poolWith 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.

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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 😉

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COMING SOON IN DECEMBER

We’re heading to Val d’Isère, recently voted best ski resort in the world and a personal favourite of mine. We’ll be rounding off the year with a trip to Dublin, should be fun!

We hope you enjoyed reading about our luxury November adventures. How was your month of November?

  • OMG that car looks awesome!

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  • What an amazing month you’ve had that I’m living vicariously through your posts – I fractured my foot in November and spent the whole month horizontal, sad times! Here’s to December and ending the year on a bang! x

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    • I’m so sorry to hear that, I hope you are on the mend! Here’s to a wonderful December

  • What an incredible month! No wonder your feet barely touched the ground!

  • Another fabulous month!! Cant wait to catch up and hear all about your adventures. Very intrigued about Val d’Isere as I’ve never visited and we’re trying to take advantage of the ski resorts in France and Switzerland before we leave

    • It’s an amazing place to ski, I’m sure you’d love it – we must catch up before you go off on your travels

  • Pamela Morse

    You have put in some serious miles this month. I would love to see Elton John’s photo collection myself. If I return to Thailand I need at least a month, just for all the massage I would need to get…and then the shopping and the tailoring…and the food..I love Thailand

    • I must say that Elton has great taste, I loved the frames as much as the photos! 2 weeks in Thailand was so short, I agree that a month is more like it 😉

  • Hayley Rubery

    Girl your month sounded INCREDIBLE! I hope you had a successful WTM, it’s always so bloody manic isn’t it? Found it super useful this year though so roll on 2017! Sounds like you packed so much in and Man Ray also has to be one of my favourites; adored his work when I studied art at college!

    Hayley xo
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    • Yes WTM was definitely worth it despite being such a huge exhibition! I’m a big Man Ray fan, he was so ahead of his time

  • Wow! That’s a superb place. And whoa, that car. What a ride.

  • What a fantastic month filled with culture and sunshine 🙂 Would love to visit Thailand again – such a beautiful country especially this time of the year!

    Miriam
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    • We couldn’t have asked for a better time to visit Thailand, Miriam – have a great weekend!

  • Wow, what a November! I’ll definitely be checking out the exhibition at the Tate Modern. And this reminds me I really must go and eat at Mac and Wild!x

  • Super month of november for you 🙂
    Next months you should come to visit us in Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic!

  • I have heard of the Elton John exhibition. Would love to see it but I’m not sure if I will make it to London before it ends. But at least I will see him in concert when he plays in Luxembourg next year. Will be the second time that I get to see him!

    • Ooh lucky you, that must be amazing to see him play live

      • Yes! Especially since I’m playing the piano too, it’s a true delight to see him perform.

  • Your November was pretty incredible, and out of all of these driving a McLaren supercar at Goodwood has to be my favourite, enjoyed reading that post.

    Brussels seems like an interesting place to visit, it’s on the hit list amongst others!

    Hope you’re well and have a fun and positive December Suze and my love to Paul.

    Laura x x
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    • Thanks for your kind words, Laura and I hope you and Jon have an amazing honeymoon – I can’t wait to hear about it

  • I agree this year went by quite fast..I can’t believe it is already winter. Sounds like you had an amazing month, and another exciting one coming up!

    • Yes we’ve been lucky to get quite a bit of Winter sun and now I can’t wait for Xmas!

  • Your travels of late have been as fabulous as always, and I certainly enjoyed reading about your Goodwood experience!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  • sounds like you had such a great month!

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    • It was wonderful, if a bit manic, Hadas! Hope you’re looking forward to the festive season

  • It was really an heavy travel month but so fun for sure. Have a nice December Suze and Paul too

  • ♫ Alison M ♪

    Sounds like a fabulous month. Thailand looks amazing

  • What a fantastic month Suze! Can’t wait to read more about your trip to Thailand, especially as I’m hoping to plan a trip soon 🙂 xx

    • I’m just about to start posting on that, there’s so much to see in Thailand, Ayushi

  • Lucy

    What a wonderful month again. Mac and Wild is lovely and you have reminded me I need to visit again. The McLaren driving sounds amazing Lucy x