Destinations

Going back

Sea and waves

“It’s your Mum. She’s in hospital. Come back quick.”

I got that phone call eleven years ago, aged 19, sitting on a beach in Thailand. Read more

Posted on April 3, 2014 by Victoria in Destinations, Thailand, Thoughts 26 Comments

Walking on ice

Skating on  lake in Finland

“Never lick the metal”

There are things you mustn’t do at -12 degrees. But the things that surprised me are the things you can. Read more

Posted on March 19, 2014 by Victoria in Destinations, Finland, Thoughts 14 Comments

Kimitoön Archipelago: a photo story

Kemio-5

We were enchanted from the moment we stepped onto Finland, the snow tickling a childlike glee. Helsinki was enough to delight us, but it was our trip down to the Kimitoön archipelago that really revealed Finland’s magnificent nature.

Here’s a photo journey through our visit. Read more

Posted on March 10, 2014 by Victoria in Destinations, Finland, Photo stories 15 Comments

The magic of Devonshire light

Snapes point Salcombe

When the sky turns lilac, I know my day is nearly done. The trees fade into the horizon and make way for the nighttime sky. I’ll miss the stars when we move to the city. Four months worth of days have passed at this window from Autumn into Winter sun. People say England is grey. In Devon, it’s kaleidoscopic.

A hail storm gives way to a brilliant blue sky, cotton wool clouds speeding from the winds of sea. The sky is never still. Read more

Posted on February 17, 2014 by Victoria in Destinations, Photo stories, UK 20 Comments

Berlin, it’s time.

Berlin bikes on street

A few months ago I met Lionel Shriver. She believes that enjoyment lies in anticipation, and experience is always a disappointment in comparison to what we imagined. When she said this she was talking about food. The pizzas we lust after and the foreign food we long to return to. I took objection to her stance. While sometimes things don’t live up to memory or expectation, sometimes they are even better. Read more

Posted on February 10, 2014 by Victoria in Berlin, Destinations, Germany 18 Comments

The vöner

The voner, berlin

In Berlin we achieved something extraordinary.

It centers around a kebab.

Döners are a staple of British life, normally ingested around 1am with a side order of cheesy chips, and an after-effect of sickness. Read more

Posted on February 6, 2014 by Victoria in Destinations, Germany, Vegetarian 11 Comments

A Portrait of Helsinki in Winter

Helsinki from above

Steve’s beard is made of ice and the snow is dancing to the shape of the wind. We smile, enchanted by the magic of winter.

We’re arrived to the first snowfall of the season, the Finns delighting in relief from the darkness. It was a black Christmas in Helsinki, a rare and unwelcome occurrence. Winter suits this city. It lights the streets and makes a playground of nature. Its sea, lakes and rivers harden for the skaters, the hills become toboggan slopes and the intrepid bring out their skis. Read more

Posted on January 20, 2014 by Victoria in Destinations, Finland, Thoughts 31 Comments

Is this the best school in the world?

Pre Kinder at Green School

One of the reasons we were drawn to Bali was a school. We’re not planning on having kids anytime soon nor do we even know if that’s a path we’ll go down, but we realised when we were in San Pancho that when it comes to choosing a place to live, good education options might be something we need to pay attention to. San Pancho has that covered with the Costa Verde School in Sayulita, which has a focus on sustainability – something I hadn’t come across before in a school. It prompted me to do a little research into other eco-focused schools around the world, through which I quickly found Bali’s Green School.

Voted the Greenest School on Earth, Green School lies just outside Ubud and is one of the most fascinating schools I’ve ever come across.  Read more

Posted on January 6, 2014 by Victoria in Bali, Destinations, Photo stories 9 Comments

A surprise weekend in Paris

Locks on love lock bridge paris

Eleven years ago, I saw a boy dressed in a red hat, a red hoodie and a pair of baggy blue jeans. Looking at him that day, intuition and a skip of the heart told me that there was a story to be written between us. It took some time to get going – we were friends for six years before finally the romance chapters began – but it’s a story I grow to cherish more every day. In November, we celebrated five years together, and to celebrate, that red-hatted boy surprised me with a weekend in Paris. It was magical. Here’s the Paris chapter à la Instagram… Read more

Posted on December 19, 2013 by Victoria in Destinations, France, Photo stories, Travel tips 12 Comments

Time to say f*ck it

Victoria eating a biscuit

I’m writing this with some homemade cookies and a coffee complete with milk. Dairy, wheat, caffeine, sugar, it’s all there and it’s glorious.

I’ve been in rebellion mode for a month now. Two months of austerity in Ubud came to a crashing close at the Writers and Readers Festival where the arrival of the literary elite pushed away my health experiments and made way for wine, coffee and cake.

I was meant to introduce things slowly, check one by one to see what, if anything, I was allergic to. Instead, I went to an opening party, saw free wine and cake and said “f*ck it” to the whole darn thing. Free wine in a country where it costs at least $25 a bottle, coupled with my favourite of all foodstuffs?! The diet had no chance.

But did I regret it? Read more

Posted on December 16, 2013 by Victoria in Bali, Don't knock it til you've tried it, Thoughts 27 Comments