Antiques & Ales: A Day Out Near Farnham By Bike

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in England, Europe, Savoir Cycles, Shopping, Surrey, UK Staycation, United Kingdom

Bears Farnham

Get on your bicycle and head to Bears, outside Farnham

I recently moved to Farnham, Surrey, a pretty market town less than an hour’s train ride from London.

Since the move I’ve been to Egypt, Italy, Menorca, the list goes on, but I’ve not made enough time to explore the area in which I actually live, until now.

I decided to get out my trusty bike and pedal my way through some local Surrey highlights.

This is the story of a leisurely day out which you can try too – exploring the picturesque town, rural antique shops and a craft brewery in the countryside just south of Farnham, all by bike.

Weekend Shortcut: A Weekend Of Culture & Consumerism In Cardiff

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Art & Culture, Cardiff, Continents, Europe, Opinion, Shopping, UK Staycation, United Kingdom, Wales, Weekend Shortcut

Cardiff

Cardiff has a burgeoning street art scene

Weekend Shortcuts are complete guides to weekends away, written to help you enjoy a perfect short break without needing to do any additional research. 

If a weekend in Wales isn’t for you, gorge yourself on my weekend guide to Devon for foodies or slope off to read Cortina, Italy for non-skiers – or simply scroll down for a in-depth weekend guide to shopping and culture in the Welsh Capital.

This is an easy 2-night itinerary filled with art, museums, boutiques and of course tasty treats (hello Welsh cakes!) around Cardiff city and the bay area, all of which can be reached on foot….

Signs Of The Times: 6 Of The Best Cardiff Coffee Shops

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Cardiff, Continents, Europe, Food, Searching For Soya, United Kingdom, Wales

Coffee in Cardiff

Outpost coffee’s sign

During my recent weekend in Cardiff  – my first ever visit to the Welsh capital – I noticed one thing right off the bat; this city is crazy about quality coffee.

This list of 6 seriously good Cardiff coffee shops will help you stay sharp while you shop in the city centre, and the signage alone will entertain you even if you don’t need a pick me up…

Calling All Carat Collectors: 3 Diamond Destinations For Geezers & Gals

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Art & Culture, Continents, Europe, Italy, London, Roman Artisans, United Kingdom, Worldwide Vacation

diamond destinations: Rome

Diamond destination: Jewellery In Rome

They’re a girl’s best friend, they’re forever, and they’re timeless. You find diamonds appearing everywhere in our language as well as our jewellery boxes; they’re ‘in the rough’ as well as on the soles of your shoes.

They’re the only precious stones which have had world famous slogans invented about them and to which countless well-known terms and phrases lead back through history.

The world has always been fascinated with diamonds – but if you’re fascinated with the world, here are 3 diamond destinations to which you should travel to see jewels shine bright.

The Great British Blogging Bake Off (& Me)

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Competitions, England, Europe, Food, United Kingdom

I’m typing this post a bit more slowly than usual as I’m juggling an enormous slice of cake while I write; it has a chunk of thatched roof and half a door on it which makes it cumbersome to eat, but it’s still really tasty.

That may sound a bit odd but the cake was decorated to look like a house – and I made it with my own fair hands today which is why I’m so keen to eat it while it’s fresh and tasty.

This was all part of a baking competition for bloggers that I took part in –  and probably the closest I’ll ever get to the Great British Bake Off

Travel To The Home Of The First Christmas Card

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Art & Culture, Christmas Travel, Continents, Devon, England, Europe, UK Staycation, United Kingdom

The First Christmas card

The first Christmas card was born at Orestone Manor, Devon, England

Christmas crackers, the Queen’s speech, mince pies, Boxing Day, Christmas pudding England has plenty of festive traditions which are regarded with complete puzzlement by the rest of the world.

England also has an even bigger Christmas claim to fame – one that is somewhat of a secret.

The first Christmas card was invented right here, conceived and designed in the English county of Devon.

The manor house where the ultimate Christmas tradition was born is now a luxury countryside hotel; so what better place to eat, drink and be merry and get into the spirit of Christmas than the original home of Christmas greetings

3 Things I Learned On A Luxury London Dessert Tour

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Art & Culture, Europe, Food, London, News, Opinion, Shopping, United Kingdom

London dessert tour

Fortnum & Mason on my Urban Adventures London dessert tour

I turn tourist for the day and try out one of Urban Adventures’ London day tours.

And despite covering some well-trodden West End ground, I learn 3 things that even as a native Londoner I had NO idea about – until now – all while munching on lovely Ladurée macaroons along the way.

Read on to see if you’ll learn something new too…

Going Glamping: A South East Safari At Kent’s Port Lympne

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Camping, Continents, England, Europe, Kent, Photo Journeys, UK Staycation, United Kingdom

Port Lympne

6 week old baby rhino Zuri

I’ve been looking forward to writing about my short break safari at Kent’s Port Lympne Reserve ever since I got home.

But every time I sit down to tell you about the experience, I end up getting distracted by all my photos of the cute baby rhino, ickle giraffe and all the other animals they have roaming around the Romney Marsh.

I’ve used all my willpower today to stop oohing and ahhing over the wildlife photos for 5 minutes to explain why an overnight trip sleeping under the stars at the South East’s wild animal park is an amazing excursion for anyone.

For animal lovers like me, who want an inspiring, as well as an indulgent, weekend away it is amazing to think this is all little more than an hour away from London

The Real Life Brexiter: Swapping the malaise for Malaysia

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Asia, Continents, Europe, Guest Posts, Malaysia, News, Opinion, The Real Life Brexiters, United Kingdom

brexiter

This month’s featured Brexiter lives in Kuala Lumpur

Brexit has caused more Brits than ever to start turning dreams of living overseas into a reality.

So I decided to start a series asking real life Brexiters – those who’ve already left the UK for pastures greener – what life is really like after Blighty.

First in the series was Brexiter Katja – a Somerset girl who now lives in Mexico, and this month I talk to Worcester native Simon, who has moved on to a new life in Malaysia