Continuing to work in London is disorientating: waking hours before dawn, driving along waterlogged lanes to the station where I wait for the local train to take me into Cambridge, where I make a dash for anything heading towards the city: no time for coffee or breakfast, then I look up drowsily from "Portrait of a Lady" (how did these people ever actually mate?) - and I'm back in the smoke.
Think about everything you ever learned about queueing - from early memories at theme parks where kids who queue-jump get escorted in shame by staff to the back of the line, to the sniggers and muttered words directed at adults who attempt to cut a queue - and forget it all.
In the lower level of the hotel, the spa is discreet and quiet, and has a magnificent original apothecary display. You feel as though you are Alice in her slightly eccentric Wonderland. The door to your treatment room has an Alice style mirror with the number of your room - the door opens as you approach it, as if by magic!
I have always believed that anything is possible and that if you really want something, you'll find a way to make it happen. It's this very belief that made me think it would be a good idea to attempt to get around the world in 14 days.
Millions will have watched with sympathy and alarm as devastating floods hit large parts of the UK over the last few weeks. Our screens have been filled with footage of 'rescue workers' working tirelessly for days on end to keep communities safe and reduce damage to property. However, what's rarely acknowledged is that most of these rescue workers are actually firefighters.
Mention to someone that you have just been on a cruise and they might look at you with a mixture of contempt, horror, disbelief and disgust. That is of course, if they have never tried cruising themselves.
Get ready nay-sayers, I'm about to list a fairly obvious and predictable bunch of cities for this list of winter travel destinations. There's a great reason for my lack of originality; these cities are extremely well equipped to deal with snowy winter weather and to keep the mind and body warm with great choices for accommodation and things to do. Take your pick...
Number one, every year, without a doubt, is travel; more exploring, more discovering, more places, more cultures. Why? Here's why...
When did people become so comfortable with being so uncomfortable? Is it really worth the money you save? I used to love flying and now I hate it.
As we take our first steps into 2014 many people, myself included, have already started to plan our summer holidays. The unrelenting, dark, cold days of winter have begun to take their toll, and so we look towards the summer as a beacon of hope, comfort and happiness...
Wherever we go, people pepper Stephen and me with a steady stream of questions about our worldwide bicycle trip. One of the most asked is "Have you ever gotten sick from the food?" So far, the answer is no, and we're crossing our fingers that it stays that way.
Leaving the warmth of Aqaba in the south of Jordan and driving up Highway 15 for three and a half hours towards Amman in a minibus piloted by a fresh-faced boy wearing a scarf, a beanie and sunglasses, provided a surreal new version of the expectation which New Year's Eve usually engenders.
One of the main reasons we left our beloved London for a tiny village no-one's ever heard of is the local primary school, which is tiny, with its own little swimming pool and straight As all down its Ofsted report. Unfortunately, although there's a place for Sean there isn't one for Emma and rather than try elsewhere we're keeping the kids home.
The first weeks with a newborn can be a sleep-deprived, blurry mess. "The worst month of my life," as my friend Karen called it. But I absolutely relish every second with a newborn. I've just come out of my third baby-moon with bitter-sweet nostalgia because it will probably be my last.
The United States is the world's fourth-biggest wine-producing nation, after France, Italy and Spain. It's also seven times bigger than those three great European wine countries combined, so wine lovers will have to choose carefully where to go...
he traditional concept of an adventurer is typically someone undertaking an extreme sport, often in the wilderness of mountains or inhospitable terrain, who is set on conquering nature - whether it's a peak, a pole, or otherwise. However adventure doesn't require you to climb Everest or cross the Sahara single-handedly to obtain the thrill and benefits of such a journey.