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12-01-2019 00:00:00 in General by Admin
  Greetings from Switzerland! I write this while looking outside a window at a mountain in the Swiss Alps. It is an incredible winter wonderland, and makes me want to sing, “It’s a marshmallow world in the winter!” My husband, baby cousin and her husband are somewhere on the mountain, enjoying beautiful powdery snow and getting in some ski runs. Meanwhile, I am sat in a res...

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10-12-2018 00:00:00 in General by Admin
  On the eve of the premiere of the new film Mary Poppins Returns, I got a phone call from a local news reporter. It was 3:40pm. I was preparing to tour at Down Street Underground Station, part of the Hidden London programme with the London Transport Museum. The reporter was quick-spoken with a voice that combined chaos and urgency into one. “Tonight is the premier of the new Mary Popp...

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19-12-2017 17:00:45 in General by Admin
This year, we decided to try Hamburg for the Christmas Markets. Two years ago we did Nuremburg, and last year we were in Basil, Switzerland. All year, I have been probing my German clients for suggestions, and Hamburg had many good recommendations. It was about 2 weeks before Thanksgiving when I finally sat down and made plans. So, an Easyjet and AirBNB later, we were settled.  German Christ...

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28-11-2017 10:53:00 in General by Admin
This year, I am lucky to be celebrating Thanksgiving in a new home. It's extra special because now I own it. All of the things I have bought over the years that I have stored away "until we buy a house" have come out and are in full use. It has been a dream come true, and I think this was the best Thanksgiving meal I've ever made! I have lived in London for 18 years. We have spent about 12 of the...

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06-08-2015 00:00:00 in General by Admin
I'm wearing my "new" 1940's swing dress in bottle green, and just read in TimeOut that the Green  Bar is serving Foie Gras in the shape of doughnuts. Being that I have two hours to kill before the theatre, I can't resist. Walking into the Green Bar, I'm overwhelmed by the importance that seems to ooze off the tiles walls. Oscar Wilde drank here, and the green carnations on the cocktail tabl...

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21-07-2015 23:39:46 in General by Admin
Followers of my Facebook and Twitter feed will have already seen me dress up like it’s 1799 and having fun at the Georgian Dining Academy. I thought that a blog to explain all of this would be appropriate. About a year ago, my friends Miss B and Kitty Pridden (in photo with me) set up the Georgian Dining Academy. The best way to explain it is to call it an evening of historical dinner the...

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30-06-2015 23:39:03 in General by Admin
The forecast for today in London is 30C, and would be the hottest day on record for years if we get that high. As a tour guide, working outdoors means my first port of call in the morning is the BBC Weather app on my phone! The other day, I overheard some American friends saying “London isn’t built for heat” and they are kind of right. Most homes and buildings don’t have ai...

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02-06-2015 23:38:37 in General by Admin
That is the question! Since moving to London 14 years ago, I have grown quite fond of a cup of tea. The photo above is of my own tea shelf, whereby I have a slight problem knowing when to not buy it! It’s so much fun! It’s cheap, it’s comforting, it’s got variety... I love tea! I’m not a tea snob, I leave that to the experts. I just try and buy what I like, and I pre...

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