This month’s Travel Link Up theme is “My Favourite Things” with the usual suspects Rebecca and Emma plus our awesome Kiwi co-host for November, Frankie from The Mayfairy.  My favourite movie of all time is The Sound of Music and I’ve visited Salzburg twice…and I want to return for a third time as I love the city so much.

I will admit to having the soundtrack on my iPod as well which I totally love…whenever my work colleagues over the years have gotten a tad stressed, I’ve always prescribed the sound track and forced them to listen to it until they’re in a happier place…usually by the second song they’re feeling instantly better.

Anyway…so my favourite things…

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens

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Bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens

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Brown paper packages tied up with strings

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These are a few of my favorite things

My Favourite Travel Photo

This is my favourite travel photo of Lisa and I in Krakow…we had such a brilliant weekend together even though I had the sniffles…Lisa is the best tour guide and sister that I could ever wish for…she completes me!

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This photo would be a close second…sweaty and hot in Belarus covered in cheap polyester…it was such a funny day as you can tell by the smiles on our faces…Belarus is amazing by the way!

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My Favourite Place for Ice Cream

Okay once again in Krakow…best place for ice cream in Europe is Lody…just do it!

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My Favourite Hotel Welcome Gift

Seriously a shoe cake…the guys at the Grande Bretagne in Athens will never be beaten…ever!

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And then the Sheraton in Krakow gave us a dragon…let’s just say the dragon sleeps with my sister each night in New Zealand.

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Starwood do the most amazing Hotel Welcome Gifts…thank you so much for every one!

My Favourite Place for Mocktails

Lisa and I had definitely rated the Sheraton in Krakow for mocktails…we couldn’t stop giggling over the fluffy kiwi mocktail as obviously we’re kiwis!

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My Favourite Place for Gluten Free Chocolate Eclairs

Two words…Helmut Newcake…in Paris…go to Paris just to eat these chocolate eclairs.

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My Favourite Up in the Air Photo

I’m petrified of heights but for some reason I love taking photos from the plane…my all time favourite is this one coming into land at Heathrow when we flew over Windsor Castle on a perfect May day.

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My Favourite Thing about London

The icons…I still get giddy when I see the Tower Bridge and Houses of Parliament.

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My Favourite London Event

I think I must have been a detective in a past life as I love snooping…my favourite London event is definitely the Open House weekend where you can snoop inside buildings which are normally closed off to the general public.

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My Favourite Place for a Shoefie in London

Duck and Waffle folks…go for the shoefie…they do gluten free waffles as well…you could go for those as well…and maybe the views

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My Favourite London Afternoon Tea

Claridge’s…my number one…where they don’t bat an eyelid when you turn up looking like this…with a broken arm, two black eyes, bruised teeth and a broken nose to have afternoon tea…I don’t recommend falling off a ladder and slamming your face into a man hole cover!

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My Favourite Train Station

If I ruled the world every train station would look like Porto…just saying.

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My Favourite View with Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea at the Old Cataract Hotel served up with a glorious sunset…the reason why we visited Egypt.

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My Favourite Place for Sunsets

African sunsets are incredible but for me there is nothing better than watching the sunset set over the Nile

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I have so much video footage and photos of these sunsets!

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My Favourite Thing about England 

Definitely the castles and the incredible amount of history…I remember a work colleague lending me a book about Henry VIII and I managed to read all 600+ pages in under a week (he was shocked) but it gave me a real passion to learn more about the history of England. Possibly the reason why I don’t watch Coronation Street or Eastenders…there are more saucy and scandalous plots in England’s history to discover in the great castles you can snoop inside.

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My Favourite Place to Play Princess for a Night

If you’re an expat make sure you book yourself in for a night at a castle…I’ve only done this once but it’s high on the list again and yes take your slippers like little old grandma did here…

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Thornbury Castle is a great place to spend a night and apparently Henry VIII slept at the castle once.

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My Favourite Place in England

Cambridge…a 30 minute drive from my house and just takes my breathe away with every visit…and it has great shopping.

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My Favourite English Summer Tradition

For some reason the English love to open up their gardens during the summer months, normally for charity and offer cream teas…I love this English Summertime tradition…and it makes me grateful that I don’t live in London anymore as this is definitely a “shires’ thing (but am sure you can find a few in London if you looked).

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My Favourite Thing about the English Seaside

Beach huts…and the more colourful the better!  And I will admit, I’ve never gone swimming at an English beach yet.

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My Favourite Travelling Hat

I bought this hat from Max Fashions in New Zealand years ago and it travels with me everywhere…it’s the first thing I pack when I go on holiday…always wear a hat…I managed to get skin cancer on my scalp…trust me wear a hat!

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My Favourite Travelling IBS Photo

This is what happens when things get lost in translation…hello gluten food baby…I’ve been expecting you!

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My Favourite Thing About Lifts in Hotels

You can take a sneaky selfie and nobody will judge you or roll their eyes.

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My Favourite Thing about Christmas in New Zealand

Christmas and sunshine go hand in hand…along with giant santas…preferably with a moving finger…

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…but my favourite thing is the gorgeous Pohutukawa tree…and my folks of course…that’s my mummy!

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My Favourite Christmas Market in Germany

I’ve visited quite a few…okay more than a few…a lot…Dresden is possibly my favourite but I think Hamburg would be a close second.

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My Favourite Thing about Travelling

Meeting new people…I love the pyramids (and I’ve seen them three times now) but on my last trip it was meeting all these cute little school kids and telling them about New Zealand and having loads of giggles with them…for me that is what travelling is about all…

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…and I like to talk to random strangers…it takes you out of your comfort zone and you just never know who you are going to meet.  Take the time to talk to the locals…and if you can’t speak to the language then a smile goes an awfully long way.

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As Afternoon Tea Week is right around the corner I thought I should jump on the ol’ band wagon and write a post about afternoon tea, it would be rude not too really.  For some reason over the past year or so I being given the title, the Queen of Afternoon Tea by quite a few people (I’m embarrassed trust me!); unfortunately this title doesn’t come with any crown jewels and I’m not dripping in diamonds and pearls but it does come with a number of rolls around my tummy from scoffing a lot of scones.  I don’t think it’s fair for only folks in the UK to be enjoying Afternoon Tea Week which runs from the 10th – 16th August this year so lets go global; Around the World in 10 Afternoon Teas!

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London, England – Claridge’s Hotel

Claridge’s Hotel offers the best afternoon tea in the world, if anyone recommends a different establishment it’s because they haven’t visited Claridge’s – if you would like to challenge me on this statement then bring it on and we will settle the argument with a scone eating competition!  And I will win….

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And here is another knock out…Claridge’s vs The Ritz!

London, England – Brown’s Hotel

My second favourite place in London is Brown’s Hotel; I’ve scoffed afternoon tea here five times and would happily go back again and again.  If you can’t get into Claridge’s Hotel then definitely check out Brown’s Hotel.  The Tea Room is one of my favourite places in all of London, it feels like you’re visiting Downtown Abbey and it’s a bit of secret gem really in the London Afternoon Tea scene.

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Edinburgh, Scotland – The Balmoral Hotel

I will be honest and say the only afternoon tea I’ve eaten in Scotland was at The Balmoral however I wasn’t disappointed; the Palm Court is small and intiminate, the food generous and the service glorious.  Sara from Big World Small Me has recently visited so pop over to have a gander at her blog post.

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Athens, Greece – The Grande Bretagne

My other half tells everyone he meets that the best scones in the world can be found at The Grande Bretagne in Athens (apparently Claridge’s falls in second place for him) and I’m pretty sure he would be happy to stand in the middle of Constitution Square with a sign around his neck stating this fact.  If you’re looking at finding a way to escape the summers heat or just fancy checking out this grande dame of a hotel in Athens then definitely make a booking for afternoon tea in the Winter Garden and afterwards pop upstairs for a cocktail at the roof top terrace overlooking Athens.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Amstel Hotel

Another grande dame of a hotel is the Amstel Hotel in Amsterdam and having afternoon tea overlooking the canals is a must when in Amsterdam.  When we visited there was a twist which included a different tea being served with each course.

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Aswan, Egypt – Sofitel Legend The Old Cataract Hotel

Ahhh The Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan; would it be wrong to say that we only travelled to Egypt to have afternoon tea here and stay at this glorious hotel – I travel just to eat afternoon tea sometimes.  The views overlooking the Nile at Sunset is possibly the best setting for afternoon tea anywhere in the world.

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Brussels, Belgium – Hotel Amigo

Chocolate chocolate chocolate…oh yeah Hotel Amigo offers a Chocolate Afternoon Tea…when in Brussels you can’t leave until you have gorged yourself in chocolate and what better way to do that than enjoying afternoon tea at Hotel Amigo which is Belgium’s top luxury hotel.

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Hong Kong – The Peninsula Hotel

I honestly think the best afternoon teas around the world can be found in the most iconic hotels and the afternoon tea at The Peninsula is definitely the best in Hong Kong.  This isn’t your average afternoon tea, you actually have to queue however if you’re a resident at the hotel (which we were thankfully) you can skip the line but it’s definitely worth the wait just to do a spot of people watching in the lobby.  There’s a full review coming this Wednesday if you need a sugar fix but without the calories…licking the screen is allowed!

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Auckland, New Zealand – The Langham

I’ve ruined my mum by taking her to Claridge’s many moons ago for afternoon tea so whenever she goes to afternoon tea in New Zealand I get What’s App messages afterwards saying…there was no cake fork Kelly…no napkins or my goodness only paper napkins…they used tea bags….Claridge’s has a lot to answer for really!  But if you ask my mum where her favourite place for afternoon tea in Auckland is, her response is always The Langham and she’s tried a few now…mother like daughter or should that be daughter like mother (oh I’m so confused…I need a scone…).  

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Marrakech, Morocco – La Mamounia

Hot steamy afternoons in Marrakech are best spent sipping Mint Tea in the gardens of La Mamounia while enjoying plates of delightful sweet pastries.  The mint is even grown in the gardens at the back of the hotel and those macarons are some of the best I’ve ever eaten – all I needed was the flying carpet to take me back to my room!

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Trust me this isn’t a full round up of places that I’ve scoffed afternoon tea while travelling, here a few more…The Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong, Four Seasons in Paris, Hotel Adlon Kempinski in Berlin and The Ritz Carlton in Vienna.

And here are some tongue in cheek afternoon tea tips from an experienced pinkie raiser; that would be me!

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^^ Wearing my crown proudly…this was taken at afternoon tea number four while on holiday in Asia last month so my roll collection was growing nicely…eek it’s true what they say about gaining weight in your 30’s!  Apologies but I don’t wear make up on holiday so you can see my rather glorious bags…designer under the eye bags.

Have a fabulous Afternoon Tea Week everyone and remember any afternoon tea consumed during the official Afternoon Tea Week is calorie free….if only right!

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So where do you recommend around the world for afternoon tea?  Remember I travel to scoff afternoon tea…point me in the right direction as I always have my passport in my handbag ready to flit off at a scones notice!

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Travelling to Egypt can put the best packers into a tizz including me and I can put my hand on my heart and say; I overpacked!  I thought I would share some do’s and don’ts on what to pack and what to wear in Egypt.

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I love traveling to the Middle East however for a woman you do need to take extra care on what you wear in Egypt.  Having your boobies hanging out is just plain disrespectful and will cause you no end of problems in the long run.  Trust me just by having blue eyes makes people stop and stare!

Travellers heading to Egypt for various types of holidays i.e. the Red Sea for a package holiday, the Nile Cruisers, the back packers and the folks looking for a more luxurious experience in the hope they don’t get an upset tummy (you still do!)  will find this mini packing guide useful as this is what worked for me on my last holiday to Egypt.

Shoes

I took my trusty old converse shoes as they’re perfect for exploring the ancient sites in Egypt, Havaianas for the pool and spa and two pairs of sandals (one more casual and a sparkly pair).  Keeping your shoes limited and simple will help you no end with your packing.  In addition to these shoes I took my trainers (which heaven help me I did use twice!) and my trusty Bloch ballet flats (perfect for the flight back to London).

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What to Wear in Egypt – Clothes

If you’re planning on heading out to do some sightseeing and don’t want to draw too much unwelcome attention to yourself then this outfit worked well until I ran into the very large group of school kids from Southern Egypt and well…then I became a rock star and everyone wanted my autograph!

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Jeans / Trousers, Cotton Top, Scarf and Converse.  The red face comes naturally from sweating like a pig from walking between Pyramids rather than getting my driver to ferry me between them!  Cotton is your friend…it’s cool to wear as Egypt is bloody hot.

Remember to pack your sunglasses and a sun hat especially if you’ve got fair skin like me…you will burn when out sight seeing in Egypt so cover up as much as you can.

Jewellery wise I left most of my jewellery in the hotel safe when I was sight seeing by myself however when I was with my partner I wore my diamond ring.  I just didn’t want to draw any more unwanted attention to myself

Egypt Travel Tips: Advice on what female travellers should wear and pack when travelling to Egypt. Dressing respectfully means less hassle so you will enjoy your vacation more!

Converse are the best!  While we all want to look glamorous while we travel, comfort and sturdiness are the key when you want to get a bit more intrepid on your travels.

If you plan to sightsee and visit the bazaars then covering yourself up is important.  Maxi skirts and dresses, scarves, trousers, jeans and cotton tops all work really well.  My motto is – the less skin on show the less hassle you’ll get!

Not leaving your hotel then take what you would normally pack for your summer holiday but within reason.  While I felt comfortable wearing a backless dress at the hotel in Aswan; I didn’t feel so comfortable wearing it at the hotel in Cairo.

Toiletries

Take you normal toiletries but make sure you invest in a good sunblock!  Trust me looking pink like Miss Piggy just ain’t cool in your photos that you post on social media.  I also swear by Ren Rose Moisture Defence Oil as it’s fabulous after a long flight plus if you get a tad pink it helps the redness almost immediately.  If mosquitoes love you then take a spray or see about getting a B12 jab before you leave home (they won’t come near you!).

So what do you take on your travels and do you always cover up in a Muslim country?

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If you read travel blogs and magazines like me, you know what destinations are going to be hot, hot, hot in 2015 but strangely enough one country was left off every list I read – Egypt!   Things have now settled in Egypt and the country is screaming out for travellers so I thought I would do a cheeky post on 10 reasons why you need to visit Egypt now!

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No Queues

Queueing, my pet hate – on our recent visit in October last year there were NO queues anywhere.  The biggest bonus is that you won’t get hordes of folks in your photos especially when visiting the Pyramids.

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More bang for your buck

If you’re on a budget then you’re going to love Egypt – it’s super cheap; you will get amazing deals on hotels, felucca rides and the cost of living is scarily cheap!  Shopping in the bazaars are so much fun and you can get some incredible deals if you look around.

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5 star luxury for 3 star prices

Want to stay in Egypt’s most luxurious and famous hotel the Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan, well you can with prices starting at just £105 – seriously good value and the views are incredible.

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Falafel lovin’

If I had found a t-shirt saying “I love falafel” in the bazaar I would have bought it.  Egypt serves up the best falafel and I could happily eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Sunsets

Shall we let the picture do the talking!

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The friendly locals

The Egyptians are incredibly welcoming folks and love having tourists in their country.  As there aren’t that many westerners travelling in Egypt at the moment, everyone wants to talk to you!  I received a lot of cuddles that day at Giza ( I love a big cuddle or ten…).

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Crazy Cairo

You need to experience crazy Cairo; it’s just so darn crazy and I love it!  The hustle and bustle, the speed freak taxi drivers and the haunting call to prayer makes this a great place for a city destination (with Giza only a short taxi ride away)

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The crazy camel photo

No travel photo album is complete without the terrible camel photo!

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Death on the Nile

Reading Death on the Nile while sunbathing beside it may sound like a cliche however gazing up from my book to admire the Nile made me feel like I was part of the story.

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Egypt needs you!

Book a flight and get your bottom to Egypt in 2015 as you won’t regret it; the history, the people and the food make this country a magical destination.

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