8th May 2018 by - No comments

Every year my darling mother and I chose a city to explore! I dont like to be away from home for too long, so weekend city breaks are ideal.

It takes lots of planning but a weekend away in a European city can be so much fun.

This time we chose Italy and historic Rome. My mother had been before but this was my first visit to Italy. So I was super excited as you can imagine.

Where we stayed –

A very good friend of mine who has lived in Rome, and has actually written a fantastic book about her time here, recommended our hotel.

Set in the beautiful, quiet, residential area of Prati, very near the Vatican, this hotel is fabulous! Set in an ancient 19th-century patrician villa, this hotel has been managed for over 45 years by the Pandolfi family that personally tends to its guests by offering the best services.  Enjoy moments of true relaxation, sipping a cocktail in our inviting indoor garden, the perfect place to lay back after a day of business or sightseeing, listening to the fountain’s soft gurgling whilst sitting amongst the mature trees.

The lounge bar provides the ideal ambiance to spend your free time, meeting friends, reading a magazine or organising your day in front of an 18th century fireplace.

We loved staying here, it was like our little piece of heaven after a long day of site seeing.

Where we ate –

We had planned to eat at various places recommended by friends, but when you truly experience Rome, there is so much you want to see that by the end of a long day of sightseeing all you want to do is eat good food at the closest place to the hotel.

So we asked our lovely Concierge to recommend a nice authentic restaurant near the hotel, and we were not disappointed.

L’isola della Pizza is a popular and historic restaurant pizzeria steakhouse in the Prati district near the Vatican City. Famous for the mixed appetisers, pizza, typical Roman pasta and grilled meat. Opened in 1985 by Adele and Vito who still manage with their sons Renzo and Laura with the same passion. Founded as a small pizzeria over the years has grown to become one of the most popular restaurants in Rome.

I absolutely agree, it may look a bit touristic at first glance, but the food is just fantastic! The spaghetti and the pizza were scrumptious! And the bruschetta topped with freshly chopped tomatoes and garlic was to die for.

Places to visit –

The very first thing my mother & I do on a trip to a new city is a ride on a Big Bus tour bus. Not only is it a great affordable way to see a new city, its also a good way to decide what you want to see up close.

The Colloseum was a breathtaking site from the tour bus, and although it would have been nice to visit, with the hot weather and crowds, seeing it from the bus was more than enough for us.

These are the places we visited –

The Trevi Fountain – So much bigger in real life than I imagined. A definite must see, but very crowded so maybe an early morning visit would be best.

The Spanish Steps – Amazing again, the flowers, the piazza, was just wonderful. But again an early visit will mean you beat the crowds. Make sure to see a wonderful museum to the right of the steps, where renowned poet John Keats lived.

The Vatican – Just amazing. A country within a city, just took my breathe away. Make sure to buy your entrance tickets online, otherwise you face lines of up to 4hours long. The Sistine Chapel was just breathtaking.

The Hotel Russie – The enduringly glamorous Hotel de Russie is a captivating mix of old and new, blending modern design with classical architecture. Located on Via Del Babuino, close to the Spanish Steps, the beautiful hotel has striking views over Piazza del Popolo in the center of Rome. From renowned artists and writers to world travellers, Hotel de Russie is the escape of choice for our distinguished guests. My mother and I enjoyed cocktails in the beautiful gardens.

All in all a fantastic city for a weekend away…my next trip to Rome is with the boys x

Websites –

https://www.hotelgiuliocesare.com/hotel/

http://www.isoladellapizza.com/en/history.html

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1st May 2018 by - No comments

Who doesn’t love a fresh bouquet of beautiful flowers delivered straight to their door? Fresh flowers not only lift spirits, they can be the most perfect gift for any occassion.

I find that when I have fresh flowers in the house, not only to I feel happier but I find the people who visit my home feel happier too. The smell, the prettiness, what more could anyone want?

Well now you can take things one step further, when you order from the Cancer Research Flowershop, a huge 25% of the value of your gift is donated to Cancer Research UK!

The flowers couldn’t be any prettier. The best quality roses, lilies all boxed up in a breathtaking bouquet of loveliness. What’s more they are delivered straight to your door.

My delivery had two wonderful gifts included in the packaging. The cutest little teddy bear, which is now my younger son’s favourite bedtime teddy, and an elegant glass vase to put your bouquet in.

Prestige Flowers has always been my favourite and now they are delighted to offer you this high quality flower delivery service in support of Cancer Research UK. Prestige Flowers is voted UK’s no. 1 Online Florist according to ReviewCentre, Reviews and TrustPilot.

So do not delay, order yourself or a loved one a beautiful bouquet from the link below and in turn donate to a fantastic cause today –

https://flowershop.cancerresearchuk.org/flowers

Let’s beat cancer sooner!

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20th April 2018 by - No comments

I love tea. I also love a good cup of coffee. But tea has always had an extra special place in my heart.

Being half English & half Turkish, I have grown up with two cultures who are avid tea drinkers. The English like their tea in a mug, piping hot with milk. The Turks on the other hand enjoy black tea in a tall shapely glass with a slice of lemon, or just as it is.

So to celebrate today I would like to share with you my favourite tea of the moment. Of course I have many favourites, but this tea has an exceptional taste which I know you will all love.

The Tea –

English Tea Shop is steeped in tradition by using the finest quality tea leaves and age-old practises to bring us a superb tea from the heart of Sri Lanka. Working with the finest organic and Fairtrade farmers, English Tea Shop is able to create unique blends of quality tea.

Grown in the heart of Sri Lanka, English Tea Shop’s English Breakfast boasts a strong, full-bodied and robust flavour guaranteed to satisfy the palate of those who love a proper brew. For the ultimate tea break, pair with a citrus cake or lemon biscuit wih the tart flavours complimenting the brew perfectly.

English Tea Shop’s tantalising blend of Earl Grey encompasses the finest Ceylon black tea with aromas of fresh Bergamot boasting an aromatic and refined flavour.

Verdict –

It is just sooooo yummy! I like it with milk or black with a slice of lemon.

It just tastes exactly of tea. Deep flavours so yummy and not at all over powering, but just right.

English Tea Shop products can be purchased from Amazon, and whilst the offices are based in the UK, the tea is farmed in Sri Lanka. You can also find this yummy tea in Harrods, Selfridges and in some other stores around the UK.

Enjoy & Happy National Tea Day! xxx

http://www.etsteas.co.uk

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