The Art of Travel : how to enjoy it despite ourselves and including the boring bits

The Departure This summer I am not running away. I have wished to run away many times in my life though. Running away was the perfect solution to evading trouble and embarrassment as a kid. Not only could I show that I meant business, but I’d also get some sympathy and dodge the consequences of […]

romancing the soul in saint tropez

There is more juice to be got out of my day in Saint Tropez. Feeling out of the flow is confusing. I can’t make decisions. I have so much to say but I don’t know where to start. Things feel difficult. I numb out. I waste time in front of the mirror. I try to […]

the Interesting and the Beautiful

Ah now I remember the other side of France – the side where I had low self-esteem. Saint Tropez …. The place of starlets and movie stars. The playground of the rich and famous, where Brigitte Bardot sunbathed topless in the 1960s. Songs have been written about it. Fake tans have been named after it. […]

cold hands warm heart

I have just come to an understanding about culture and it feels like my head has been cracked open and the light of wisdom is streaming in. It may be plainly obvious but I have to share it with you anyway. Yesterday after writing the blog post about cats and intuition, I headed out to […]

The First Time

The First time I went to France I was eighteen and with my parents. We got dropped off by a tour bus and had three days staying on the outskirts of Paris. I remember it was Bastille Day and a man had brought a ladder to climb up and see the parade. We drank red […]

a love letter to you

Hello people of this world!  Today my brain has been cranking away, it’s been racked and wrung for a little insider information. I’ve been looking for a quiet corner in there – some place where the words are hiding and things make sense – a place where what wants to be said is backed up […]

heart of clouds

Let me be really honest with you,  as much as I would love to write something really upbeat and inspirational, there’s a grey cloud over my heart and all I really just want to talk about is how much the weather here sucks. You see there’s this jet stream thingy and because of the warming […]

My friend Patience

Whoever said patience is a virtue is a freaking genius. Don’t run after the bus, let the bus come to you. There’s a lot we can learn about life from public transport. And right now it seems that waiting to receive what I want is a bit like waiting for the train in India. The train will come – […]

This is not just another blog post about pumpkin…

There are some people who may argue that there are better things in life than roast pumpkin, but I am not one of them. My list of number ones is long, but Pumpkin my dear, you deserve your place amongst the best. There are also some people who say, “I was so busy, I forgot […]