Vincent van Goh

I dream of painting and then I paint my dream – Vincent van Gogh

A soft silvery gold announces the beautiful new morning and our morning walk. It’s a good long walk, along canals, over bridges, past tall thin buildings with long windows and quite often long thin bricks. My love tells me we are going to stop at Omelegg for breakfast on the way.   Omelegg – Ferdinand Bolstraat, Amsterdam, Netherlands This is Netherlands first Omelettery apparently – everything eggy you can imagine. We spot the little red and white awning with wooden […]


De Silveren Spiegel – Amsterdam – Netherlands

As there are many choices, sometimes you’ve just got to take the easy way to easily finalise your dinner plans; look into the mirror and ask, “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is fairest of them all?” de Silveren Spiegel (translated in English to The Silver Mirror) is the winner.      Michelin worthy de Silveren Spiegel offers contemporary Dutch cuisine prepared by talented young chef Yves van der Hoff, whose father, Jim van der Hoff owns the place. (That’s […]

Dutch Courage and Other Adventures

Much mischief  can come from not understanding the differences between Dutch courage, or going Dutch, so I’m off to find some clarity, in Amsterdam, of course.    I am so excited! We are about to embark on a journey to parts of the world that I have imagined but never seen. Our first stop on this magical adventure is Amsterdam. When I t hink of Amsterdam I think sex, drugs and canal houses. A funny collection of thoughts I guess. I […]

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All night long, thanks Lionel Richie

Now I’m ready to raise the roof and have some fun with Lionel and as we walk through the kaleidoscope of colour of Vegas pulsating around us I can’t help but think Life is definitely good, wild and sweet.   Great seats, just at the right height and just close enough to the stage, we are ready for a major flashback to our teens – the 80’s a time of red tracksuits, leather pants and big hair. Im […]


Picasso’s – Las Vegas – USA

The Bellagio has an outstanding art collection and has its own gallery. For their Picasso collection they have taken it a step further with the opportunity to dine surrounded by a magical collection of original works. Picasso restaurant is luxuriously fitted out with rich carpets, large windows swathed with generous drapes of fine fabric and tables sparkling with silverware and glassware fit for a king. Every wall is decorated with Picasso paintings and drawings. Some fantastic bright examples of cubism […]


Viva Las Vegas

I look down my bucket list and nowhere can I see Las Vegas. But guess what, when I wrote the list I really hadn’t imagined what was possible or what was really ahead of me. Now here I am heading out of LA toward Las Vegas and I’m actually really excited.   It feels like such an adventure, we are driving across the desert, the dry sparse landscape feels like I’m on the set of a sci fi flick. I […]


Tempo – Cancun – Mexico

My love as usual, seventeen steps ahead, found that chef Martin Berasategui, a spanish chef of many hats and several restaurants has opened a restaurant Tempo right here in this resort. Now the most amazing thing is the price of things in Mexico. Despite having all you can eat and drink tickets to this resort, with a three michelin star restaurant offering alacarte options at around $22 a main and a tasting menu for around $45 or $70 with a […]

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Turquoise water, the white soft sands of Cancun

Welcome to Mexico, turquoise blue sea, crystal white sand, idyllic beach pavilions swathed in fabric billowing in the breeze and knee deep in shiney golden bodies. A Mexican beach resort is probably not the first choice we would usually make. The freedom of independent travel and sitting in and living a location rather than being a tourist is such a wonderful thing. This trip is a little different though, we are attending an event that just happens to involve several […]

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Thrills Through Hollywood Hills

One last spin before we tuck the Mustang up for the last night. Up through the Hollywood Hills so we can look down over Los Angeles and really take it in.   The homes in the hills feel more real than some of the super mansions we have seen this morning. More like real homes show pieces. We climb up through the hills along famous Mulholland Drive. The landscape is fascinating, there is a dry crinkly crust to the earth […]

Mustang Convertible

From now on, I can’t stop grinning

  Los Angeles is vast, spread out from the Hills to the coast covering 1,300 km2 and the best way to see it is drive. I reckon we have the best way to drive too, cruising in our Mustang convertible.     With no need to rush and no intention of trying to see all of it, we choose to just take an easy drive. From West Hollywood we start with a slow tour of Beverly Hills. Huge homes, manicured […]