Salt Island, BVIs

After a morning of sailing, we moored up off the shore of Salt Island. Named after its lake which is harvested for salt, the island is also a bit of a “hot-spot” for those wanting to snorkel or scuba-dive as it is the location of the wreckage of the ship R.M.S. Rhone that sank after a hurricane…

Great Harbour, Peter Island, British Virgin Islands

After our first day of sailing, we arrived at Great Harbour, Peter Island. As soon as we moored up on a mooring buoy, we jumped straight into the water and headed over to the beach. Knowing that I am a little scared of the deep waters, James bought me a little friend, Florence the Flamingo, to…

First day in the British Virgin Islands

We arrived at the marina at Wickhams Cay II, Road Town, Tortola very late at night and headed straight to our boat to sleep after our extremely long journey from London. The next morning, James & I explored the marina, and found a little local  cafe “off the beaten track” serving drinks and food. We stopped for a…

Healthy Breakfast Muffins

Like many European Cities (not London, but Paris for instance), many places in Brussels shut during the summer whether for one week or one month. Last Friday, my colleagues and I found ourselves with nowhere to go at lunch. All our regular haunts were shut. In a moment of unity, we all headed to the local…

Welcome back 

I skipped Brussels for National Day, am I a bad expat? Sometimes, you cannot control what life throws at you. This week, mine resulted in a hop, skip and a jump 30 hour long trip back to London. I only left on Sunday last. This trip sadly meant that I missed my bank holiday and…

Chilli Pots

Returning to Brussels after our holiday and the first thing I fancied, other than sleeping-off the jet lag, was some home cooked food. After work, I hurried to make it to the supermarket, a feat as it closes at 8pm, to pick up some bits and bobs, here is what I made, following a recipe that…

Our last night in paradise

After  our beautiful week, exploring the Ionian Islands, for our last evening, we moored just off a secluded beach and enjoyed a BBQ on the beach. The sea and sky were gorgeous, I think you will agree. When you read this, I’ll be sunning and sailing in the British Virgin Islands, I look forward to…

Breakfast Club

I will never forget arriving at Lakka harbour, boy did I make an entrance, upon arriving, as the family were trying to moor the boat, a busy little wasp found itself trapped inside my cardigan (it had been windy at sea). I am terrified of wasps, ever since one found its way into my mouth…

Heading to Preveza

A great part of the trip was sailing at our own pace, this meant we could stop-off at gorgeous “lunch spots” and pull over to explore beaches & caves with the kayaks and paddle board that we had on the boat. The water was choppy and cold but luckily we managed to stay on board….

Sailing, for the first time

Last summer, I was invited on my first ever sailing holiday. As I prepare for my second sailing trip, I thought I would do a couple of flashback posts to our trip around the Ionian Islands. We travelled to Lefkas in Greece where we met our boat, Skywalker. We spent our first night in the…

Another Burger Joint

It really seems I do love a burger. It was not that long ago that the only burgers I ate came from McDonalds. The idea of ordering a burger in a restaurant for dinner bewildered me, I mean really. One hungover Sunday, James dragged me to Byron Burger (London), one bite and sip of my…

Six months in Brussels: a little update 

About a month before I moved to Brussels, I headed out to visit James (and our lovely home) one more time, with my parents and James’ family too, a hoorah together before Christmas and an opportunity to pre-deliver my belongings before a hectic Christmas in Scotland and New Years in Megeve. I took the Eurostar…