‘Don’t worry, it’s not my first rodeo‘ replied my friend as I apologised for leaving her alone in the stands while I got a closer look at the horses and the real life cowboys performing in front of me.
She almost certainly wasn’t the first person to make that joke at the Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair, the fifth biggest rodeo in Canada, and I’m sure she won’t be the last.
But it was my first rodeo, and won’t be my last judging by the amount of fun I had at an event that sets you back just $10 for entry and can keep you horsing around for up to 16 hours.
I’ve got a different kind of seven step program for you in this post; one that won’t help break your addictions to travel, shopping and good food but which will show you where to find your fix of the luxurious Monte Carlo lifestyle without leaving London.
Here I share my 7 favourite places in the Principality of Monaco and uncover their London equivalents…
Like most girls I’m rather partial to a glass of bubbly - and writing about the differences between champagne and sparkling wine recently (as you do) reminded me that along with making me forget a few things, my nights (and days) out with champagne by my side have taught me a few things worth remembering too.
Here are three fun facts that champagne has taught me on my travels, from how easy it really is to sabre a bottle of the sparkling stuff to the longstanding tradition of post hot air ballooning baptisms with bubbles …
I’d been living in North America for over a year and was in search of a taste of home. So when I heard that I could walk across London Bridge without the expense or hassle of a transatlantic flight I was all ears.
Soon I found myself traversing John Rennie’s original London Bridge without leaving the states, as the structure that spanned the Thames for 137 years now graces Arizona’s rather more glamorous answer to Milton Keynes: Lake Havasu City.
There are plenty of ways to get out onto the water of Lake Havasu – in fact this part of Arizona is probably most famous as a water sports paradise, hosting the jet skiing world championships each year.
But if you’re looking for a romantic interlude rather than an adrenaline-fuelled adventure on Arizona’s 20,000 acre lake, this simple $2 ferry ride at sunset has to be both the most scenic and the best value that Lake Havasu has to offer.
The fierce sun is shining down on my map, amplified through the windscreen, as we drive our little red car past endless fields of green lettuce under bright blue skies; the scene is like a child’s storybook illustration come to glorious life.
Even more glorious is the fact that it’s December and my boyfriend and I have decided to swerve the cold in our native countries and head as far south as the stars and stripes will allow us, in search of warmth and the perfect date.
I mean this quite literally, we’re en route to the best medjool date farm in Arizona to learn about, and tuck into the North African superfood that’s also known as nature’s candy…
Hot air ballooning has the unique ability to turn even the most seasoned traveller into an excited little child.
I am that grinning kid the day I climb inside a wicker basket to take to the skies of Yuma, Arizona, where the USA meets Mexico, surrounded by a fleet of multi-coloured inflatable flying machines as part of the Colorado River Crossing Balloon Festival.