“There comes a time in every women’s life, when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne” Bette Davis 1. It can only be called Champagne if it comes from the Champagne region in France. EU law and the laws of most countries reserve the term "Champagne" for wines that come from this … Continue reading 10 Things you didn’t know about Champagne
The literal translation of Sous le Nez is "under the nose". Is this jewel of a French bistro and wine bar, so named as it is located in a basement in Leeds city centre, or is it because as soon as you walk in, your mouth starts to water from the aromas emanating from the … Continue reading Sous Le Nez
I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list -Susan Sontag Travelers either love or hate planning trips. Spending hours honing your research skills in front of a computer, popping into the Travel Agents to pass the planning and booking onto someone else or going away with friends who you know will take care … Continue reading How to Book the Perfect Holiday
I first visited Essaouira in October 2013 with my husband Richard, my sister and brother in law. We flew to Marrakesh and as private transfers and buses seemed to be costly, we opted for the cheaper option of hiring a car. Big mistake. Big, big mistake. The drive between Marrakesh and Essaouira should take between … Continue reading Essaouira – One of my favourite places.
I was named after an old Irish song that was famously sung by John McCormack, Joseph Locke and my Grandad, John Tarpy. My grandfather made this song into a record, as far as I am aware, there are no longer any copies in existence. It was written by an Irish Poet, John Keegan Casey … Continue reading The Story of my Name. Part 2
Oh the years I have had to contend with my unusual name. As a child, my main problem was that I could never find a keyring with my name on it. I know it’s not a big deal but as a seven year old unable to find stationary with your name on it, it … Continue reading The Story of My Name. Part 1
Last year we spent our summer holiday in Canada. The children are getting older and heading off to university and we (Rich and I) decided it was to be our last holiday as a family. My Aunt and Cousins emigrated to Canada over 40years ago so we combined our holiday with catching up with relatives … Continue reading Weekend in Vancouver