Clerkenwell Design Week whistle stop tour

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Yesterday was the start of the 2017 Clerkenwell Design Week, which is in fact 3 days... but don't let that stop you from attending. As they say in their own literature it’s a jam-packed design jamboree and they are not wrong. I started out the morning joining the official press event, which included a tour of the major stops and installations. With over 90 showrooms taking part and 7 temporary exhibition spaces plus a series of commissioned installations, this 8th edition of Clerkenwell Design week has a lot to offer. Following on from last years improvements signage and routes are incredibly well laid having been designed by specialist way-finding design agency Space Agency so that you don't get lost in the warren-like streets of the City fringes.
Hakwood installation, geometric wood, design blogger
So what caught my attention from my crisscross tour across Clerkenwell yesterday?

#Take12trips: Next stop OSLO

Monday, 22 May 2017

I’m barely back from a wonderful weekend trip with my family in London and we’re all off to Oslo. It a city that been on my travel list for a while and yet keeps getting bumped to next year. Well, it’s finally happening at the end of the month, it's my next #take12trips stop so make sure to stay tuned on Instagram while I am there for the bank holiday weekend. 
Visit Oslo, Opera House, Visit Norway
VisitOSLO/Sabine Zoller
Everything I read about Oslo says it's expensive, but then so is London. I’ll be intrigued to see what this is like in reality.  I’m used to expensive coffee everywhere except in Italy. The hotel I have booked for the 3 of us in a family room was pretty good value via Booking.com and our flights were a bargain (under £100 each) with Norwegian Air, but then I booked them more than 6 months in advance.

Why you should try a city break as a family holiday

Thursday, 11 May 2017

What makes a good family holiday for you? It’s different for everyone obviously, but I find the need to be outside of our usual routines such an overwhelming pull. Getting out of the Groundhog Day familiar of school runs, commuting, juggling chores, work commitments and life in general. My lovely DH commutes daily to London and has scant time with our son in the week. And as many of you will know I have a rather advanced wanderlust addiction, so coupled together it’s a driving force for a family holiday.
Back at the end of 2015, my Mum died not long before Christmas.  Christmas is obviously so associated with family and the realisation that life is infinitely precious but can change at the drop of a hat was the impetuous to make 2016 a year all about travel.  Using the #take12trips challenge as my stake in the sand we set off to explore - Paris, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Singapore..... My travel fixation hasn’t waned and this year we’ve already undertaken some fairly spectacular trips.
 
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