Archive for February, 2012

Wayfare Magazine

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

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

I’m Feeling Old!

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

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

So Cool SoHo {Crosby Street Hotel}

Friday, February 17th, 2012

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.


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.


The Drawing Room

Bar and Dining Room


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.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

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?

I Heart Friday

Friday, February 10th, 2012

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?

Cinque Terre, Italy

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

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.

Where My Heart Wanders

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

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?