Budget Hotel London. Kids Stay Free!

Silk House hotel room

When we first arrived in London, straight off the plane, we needed somewhere to stay while we hunted for a flat of our own. We found a great little bargain in Hackney at Silk House Hotel. I’ve told so many people about this privately, it’s time I shared the love and put it in a [...]

Stunning Assisi and a Child Friendly Tour

Basilica Francesco Assisi

Would you believe me if I told you that I didn’t know Assisi was in Italy until our week in Umbria with Our Whole Village? Why would I? I’d heard of St Francis of Assisi but had no idea who he was or what he did. St Francis Xavier is my particular favourite saint because [...]

Peregrine Falcons in London

Peregrine Falcons in London

On the days we venture out into London to see a new attraction, or just wander and explore, we usually end up outside The Tate Modern on the South Bank of the Thames. No, not for the art, but we will make it inside soon ( it’s free),  instead we take advantage of an amazing [...]

In The Clink


We were, we were in the clink a few days ago. The original Clink , the medieval prison that gave its name to all other prisons, and it was lots of fun! The Clink Prison Museum sits on the site of the original in Clink St. on the South Bank of the Thames. The street [...]

Saint Ubaldo. Surprises in Gubbio

Ubaldo Gubio Umbria

I was very ill-prepared for our week in Umbria. I knew little of the region, other than it’s reputation for rustic, but delicious, food specialties ( I have my priorities! See our Food in Umbria post here.) I certainly knew nothing about the gorgeous medieval town of Gubbio. To be honest, I hadn’t even heard [...]

Opening a Can of Whoop-Ass! Hot Sauce USA


It seems so long ago now! On our first night in Lancaster county PA, in some nondescript but friendly motel, we were just settling down for the night when we hear a bellow from the next room: “Get yourself in that tub or I’ll be opening a can of Whoop-Ass on y’all!” We didn’t think [...]

British Food Rocks! Borough Market


Since we’ve been back in the UK we’ve been revelling in the British food scene, privately and professionally. For those who don’t know, my husband is a Chef and is loving working in London’s top hotels again. Great food is easy to find in restaurants and in the shops, local markets being a particularly good [...]

Did the Original London Bus Tour Impress This Londoner?


I know London pretty well, I’ve lived here for over 8 years on and off and I’m able to navigate my way around the city easily by foot, by car and by tube. Buses are a bit of a mystery to me, although my various travel passes ( currently Oyster) have included buses, I’ve very [...]

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