La Isla Bonita

We’ve recently returned from a family holiday in Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote which, despite often being referred to as ‘Lanzagrotty’, is actually rather lovely. We went self-catering and were lucky enough to be able to stay in my mother-in-law’s apartment – just a stone’s throw from the centre of the resort. For a family holiday…

It’s a Rye ol’ world!

A few days ago I put the final full stop on my new book, ‘Guinevere’ – an erotic novella telling the alternative myth of King Arthur’s famous wife. It therefore seemed fitting to visit an English town that dates back to mediaeval times. Unlike the legend of Camelot, thought to be based in Cornwall, we…

An Asian Christmas

Late last night I arrived home, with my husband and young son, from a 17-day tour of Asia. We travelled over Christmas and New Year, starting at Singapore and ending in Shanghai, visiting in between Hong Kong, Ko Samui, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan. We went via cruise ship plus two long-haul flights…

Here we go a-Ghent

In my previous blog about our recent long weekend spent in Bottrop, Germany, I mentioned that we visited Ghent in Belgium for a day and night en route home.  I didn’t want to mix the two places in one article, so this blog is dedicated to Ghent, and Ghent alone! Our first thought was to…

Skiing in October? How’s that then?

Last week we took a long weekend in Germany to visit the indoor Alpine Ski Centre in Bottrop, Germany https://www.alpincenter.com/bottrop/en. We took up skiing three years ago and for the last two have visited Norway over Christmas.  While it’s beautiful and the skiing is brilliant, it’s not a cheap holiday, and a week on the slopes…

A Weekend in Bootiful Bournemouth

Every year for the last three years my husband has taken me to Bournemouth for my birthday weekend, and I LOVE IT! Let’s face it, Bournemouth, which is located on the Dorset coast, is better known for stag and hen weekends than as a romantic getaway location, but I STILL LOVE IT! This year, as…

First time in Sorrento

The release date of ‘The Virgin’s Gamble’ coincided with a holiday to Sorrento with my mum and son.  Our hotel, Settimo Ciello, was a Tui Small & Friendly.  Small and friendly it was.  It was, as the reviews suggested, basic, but had the most spectacular views, as you can see in this photo. There’s so…

Having a Venetian Ball

I’ve just returned from a long weekend in Venice, and thought I’d share some of the highlights on my blog.  Although Venice is the city for lovers, I went with my fabulous friend, and didn’t long for romance one bit! We stayed at a gorgeous little hotel, Locanda Al Leon, which was very good value…

Taking in a spot of English culture

A couple of weeks ago I spent a lovely weekend with my best friend in Stratford upon Avon – the home of Shakespeare.  Despite only living three and a half hours away, I’m ashamed to say I’ve never been before.  We didn’t know what to expect, but thought we’d give it a go as it’s…