Bruges Easter Chocolate Blues

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This time last year I had a slight case of the Easter-time chocolate blues. It was my first easter back in Australia after living abroad in the United Kingdom for three years. These chocolate blues were brought on for two reasons. Firstly, I had made a New Years resolution to reduce my processed sugar intake to once a week, and secondly, since visiting Bruges in Belgium no other chocolate can compete.

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Ancient Culture and Crystal Waters

Little did I realise when I arrived in Malta in July for 5 days of sun, sea and a little history that there was so much to see and do. Especially when the hotel pool and seaside lidos turned out to be so irresistibly relaxing. After tearing myself reluctantly away from the beautiful Mediterranean sea, I spent a couple of days exploring St Juliens, Valletta, and the Silent City of Mdina.

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Still Looking for Love This Valentines

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Another year gone and another year approaching Valentines Day as a single woman. In my teenage years and early twenties, my mother always told me “don’t worry there are plenty of fish in the sea”. Well many years later I cannot help wondering where they all are.

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Yearning To Escape

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I long to escape to the countryside where fresh clean air, nature rhythm and the hum silence abounds. I am five months into my inner city London life. An experience that has been on my to-do dream bucket list for some time. All I can say is careful what you wish for. Whilst London has many amazing qualities and opportunities to offer, the main downside is the sheer absence of air quality.

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Freedom To Choose

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Grateful. Today and every day from this moment forward I am truly grateful for who I am. Although my life is far from perfect, today I banished all negative thoughts that my incessant mind conjures up about my body, my circumstance, my upbringing, my social status, my faults. Today I consider my self lucky. Fortunate to have been born in a western society where women have the freedom to choose.

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Department Store Christmas Shops: A Magical Winter Wonderland

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With less than a week to go and the Christmas frenzy careering frantically towards Christmas Day, now is the time to stop, breathe and soak in the joyful spirit of Christmas. There are things you can do that don’t involve trawling through endless gift guides or brick-and-mortar shops and ending up with self-induced migraines brought on by trying to find the perfect presents to buy for family, friends, relatives and people you barely know.

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Solo Travel Adventures: Dining Alone in Paris

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This is a little anecdote I wrote about dining alone in Paris one Saturday evening. My penchant for solo travel means I have endured many dinner-for-one experiences in foreign cities. This one stuck in my mind. The first two sentences below were scribbled in my note book on the evening in question and dated ‘drunk in Paris, 2015’.

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London Guide: Regents Park Rose Lovers Delight

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Two months into my London relocation and I am still struggling to cope with the car pollution and passive cigarette smoke which dirty my lungs on a daily basis. So when the weather forecast indicated the sun would be shining today, I packed my camera and headed off to spend the day enclosed in the boundaries of beautiful Regents Park. No cars here, just plenty of fresh air, sunny autumn skies and beautiful serene nature.

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Saatchi Gallery And An Unexpected Odour

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Stumbling upon the unexpected is one of the great joys of life. Whilst walking down Kings Road on my way to an antiques fair at the Chelsea Town Hall, I made an unplanned detour into the Saatchi Gallery. The gallery had been on my gallery must-visit list for ages. Little did I realise an unpleasant odour would be linked to the highlight of my visit.

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London Guide: Columbia Road Flower Market

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Sundays should be for lazy days and sleeping in. However, Sundays are the only day you will experience the wonderful delight that is the Columbia Road Flower Market.

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