My Travels

The post where we fly to Peru…

April 22, 2016 LLG Plays & Stays

Standing in front of one of the beautiful doors at the Museo Larco in Lima. Just under a week ago last Thursday evening my sister and I took a late night tube to Heathrow, bedded down in the space-age Yotel in Terminal 4, got up at 7am, flew to Paris, crossed a terminal at Charles de […]






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Travel: Hotel review at Belmond El Encanto, Santa Barbara, California

April 12, 2016 LLG Plays & Stays

The West Coast is one of my happy places. Whether I’m staying with friends, in a tent, up a tree in Big Sur (yes, I have done that), in my car, a hostel in Santa Monica, or a luxe hotel in Bel Air, when I am there, there is nowhere else I would rather be. […]






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Paris: Exploring the Ile de la Cité. Sainte Chapelle, the Conciergerie & Notre Dame

March 8, 2016 Culture

I’ve been to Paris so many times that I don’t think I could hazard a guess at the amount, unless I was to sit down with the Eurostar Frequent Traveller app and physically tick off the trips. To readers in the North of England, or in America that statement will, I know, sound annoyingly flash, but […]






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Travel: Trail running in Torrey Pines State Reserve, near San Diego, California

February 18, 2016 California

California’s glorious parks, reserves and canyons have become some of my favourite places in the world. As I wrote, back in 2009 during my epic road trip around California, if I had been told that a stay in a sybaritic hotel was to be interrupted by a two hour hike, however beautiful the surroundings, I’d […]






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Travel: A week on the West Coast. California or bust

February 7, 2016 My Travels

(The beach at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego on Saturday.) I arrived at LAX from Heathrow last Sunday evening around 7pm. It was dark, bloody freezing and extremely windy. Turned out I’d caught the tail end of an El Nino storm: as I drove my tiny rental car towards Los Feliz, I could see […]






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December in New York: Some Christmas-y pictures…

December 24, 2015 My Travels

(The Peninsula. Still one of my favourite New York Hotels. (My post here.) Heavenly, heavenly New York! Emerging from Central Park, walking past the Plaza,and down Fifth Avenue, always gives me the thrills. When I lived on Manhattan I only ever went uptown for meetings, but now that I am a visitor to the city […]






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Travel: Visiting The Blue Lagoon, Iceland (& what to take & wear)

November 27, 2015 LLG Plays & Stays

It really is blue, properly, quite disconcertingly blue. And quite, quite wonderful.






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Iceland: For God’s Sake, Don’t Call Them Ponies

November 24, 2015 American Shops

These very small horses are not ponies. Horses-not-ponies are a sensitive subject in Iceland, as I discovered on Ayla’s and my epic trip earlier this year. Sadly for me, I grew up around ponies, and I now know that apparently my mouth is hardwired to shout LOOK! PONIES! when I see beautiful small horses. Like […]






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Visiting Kelmscott Manor, the home of William Morris

November 18, 2015 My Life in England

A limestone manor house in the Cotswold village of Kelmscott in Oxfordshire, this beautiful building which dates from around 1570, was the country home of William Morris, artist, philosopher and political theorist, one of the most outstanding and influential designers of the Arts and Crafts movement,  from 1871 until his death in 1896. When Morris first saw […]






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Travel: New York, September 2015

September 17, 2015 LLG Fashion

I’m here in New York on a dual mission: talking about my cookbook Friends, Food, Family, (which came out in the US on 01 September), to anyone who’ll listen, and to attend some of the shows and presentations at New York Fashion Week. (Above: at the Polo Ralph Lauren presentation on Friday afternoon.)






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