Where My Heart Is

Posts from — February 2012

Wayfare Magazine

Online magazines have been around for a while now. They have always seemed like such a great concept but to be truthful I have never really got into them. I usually browse a page or two and think I’ll read this later, and yep…that never happens. Until this week! Finally there is an online magazine called Wayfare that ticks all the right boxes for me. The perfect blend of travel, lifestyle and photography. The contributor line-up is impressive. Let’s hope this magazine is here to stay. I’m hooked.

Image via Wayfare Magazine

February 26, 2012   2 Comments

I’m Feeling Old!

Maddie turned 20 today. Where did the years go?

We began celebrations by going out for breakfast.

And ended with cake, presents and a bang (the balloons actually blew the candles out)!

Happy Birthday Maddie. We love you to the moon and back. xxx

February 22, 2012   10 Comments

I don’t let my travel agent find our accommodation. I love to search the internet for hours, sometimes days until I have found just ‘the place’, myself. That way I know all the pros and cons and there are no surprises. I’m rarely disappointed. I love finding value for money. To me that does not always mean inexpensive. Location and experiences add great value to a property. In saying that, the fashion forward Crosby Street Hotel in SoHo, NY is pricey but great value.

Foyer

Maddie and I loved our stay here, back in December.  We loved the fact that The Crosby is elegant and quirky yet entirely cosy. It totally felt like home. Warehouse-style windows and contemporary artworks sit comfortably alongside classic oil painting, plush sofas and vases of freshly cut flowers. And of course, I love designer/co-owner Kit Kemps uninhibited use of colour.

Library

The Drawing Room

Bar and Dining Room

Courtyard

We were impressed by the special touches, like these gigantic chocolate covered strawberries and being able to order fresh popcorn for our movie night.

One of the best things about The Crosby is location, location, location. It’s situated on a quiet cobbled street in the heart of New York’s vibrant SoHo neighbourhood (between Spring and Prince Streets and one block behind Broadway). You couldn’t be more in the thick of things, surrounded by shopping, restaurants and some of the best art galleries in New York. It has a very cool, urban New York vibe. We’ll be back for sure.

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February 17, 2012   3 Comments

Happy Valentine’s Day!

David and I have decided not to go out to dinner tonight! We are going to avoid the crowds. We’ll take in a movie and have Chilli Prawn Linguini at Cru Bar, later in the week.

What about you?

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February 14, 2012   6 Comments

I Heart Friday

I’m looking forward to a quiet weekend. David is finishing off a lot of odd jobs around the house. And we are planning to watch a few episodes of Mad Men. My sister gave David the full series for Christmas and we are hooked.

What exciting plans have you made this weekend?

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February 10, 2012   4 Comments

Cinque Terre, Italy

These photos were taken on a trip to Cinque Terre, the string of five villages along Italy’s Riviera, in 2005. We stayed in Vernazza which I think is the most charming of the seaside villages. The photo below was taken out the window of our apartment.

Since falling in love with this endearing stretch of the Mediterranean coastline I have been longing to return…longing to return with my DSLR camera. It’s a photographer’s paradise.

Recently, I was shocked to discover that on October 26, 2011 a freakish rainstorm brought flash flooding and landslides through the town, gutting nearly every business, and filling the ground floors with mud. It is so sad. So much uncertainty now surrounds Vernazza’s future.

Here is some footage of the disaster.

Rick Steves (American Travel Writer) who put this region on the tourist trail, believes we can help by visiting the Cinque Terre in 2012 and by donating to local relief groups.

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February 9, 2012   4 Comments

Where My Heart Wanders

I wish I was in Paris right now. I’ve been longing for a French baguette. I want the real thing, with the crispy chewy crust…where they are so delicious and moreish that you eat the whole thing!

What has your heart been longing for? Paella in Spain? A hot dog in New York? Laksa in Singapore?

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February 3, 2012   5 Comments