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Salt Lake City

What a week. My husband and I, along with a few close friends, decided to go to Salt Lake City to have a white Christmas and ski our hearts out, and we were not disappointed. Not everyone in our group was super keen on skiing so we chose to rent a house downtown through Air BnB (near 9th and 9th) so that the non-skiers would be close to things to do during the day. It ended up being a great decision, each day we could take our pick of the mountains based on the conditions & in the evening we had all of Salt Lake City’s lovely restaurants & bars to choose from (without the hefty on mountain price tags). It also meant that we could have a home cooked meal on Christmas Day. Skiing Over the course of the week we skied at Canyons, Solitude and Brighton. We had a mix of snowboarders and skiers so Alta was out of the question. We also had a good spread of skill levels in our group. …

New Orleans

Several months back a friend suggested a group of us should make the most of a Delta sale and so we all bought some cheap tickets to New Orleans for state election long weekend. We had no real plans for what we would do there but all of us had always wanted to go. By the time the trip rolled around I was a little nervous about flying. I’d just found out my foot was broken in 3 places & would need surgery to fix it. I was wearing this giant boot that was uncomfortable at home on the couch, let alone on a plane and I needed a little scooter/rollabout to get everywhere. I decided to suck it up & head down to New Orleans anyway. Thankfully Delta were pretty good about the whole thing, they upgraded my husband & I to premium economy for both the trip down there & the trip back. All free of charge 🙂 We arrived Saturday lunchtime & left Tuesday morning. The time in between disappeared in a sea of good food, boozy cocktails, music …

Gin and Tonic

When I’m on holidays I love to take a break at about 5 or 6pm & stop at a nice bar somewhere for a drink, which more often than not, is a gin & tonic. I’m a bit energetic when I travel & try to cram as much as possible into each day, so for me, it’s a nice way of relaxing & thinking about everything that I’ve seen or done that day. Which brings me to Gin & Tonics in Barcelona… I never in my life expected to enjoy my evening holiday ritual as much as I have in Barcelona. First off, there’s the ordering. Some of the restaurants/bars I’ve been to this week have a gin & tonic menu. You select the gin you want & sometimes the type of tonic water too. I guess you can pick the gin you want back home, but it’s not formalised in a specialised gin & tonic menu so it’s just not as nice, as it is here in Barcelona. Then they bring a glass (the …

Tiramisu

At the end of 2008 I travelled to Germany to visit some friends of mine, Per & Carol. Per & Carol showed me around in Germany & we travelled to Vienna & Paris. We saw so many beautiful places & yet one of my most vivid memories is of a friend’s Tiramisu. One day we went on a day trip to the castles of the Black Forest, with a couple of Per & Carol’s friends, Massimo & Stefania. The sky was clear & the sun was out but it was bitterly cold. We spent most of the day getting lost in the hills looking for the castles, in the end I think we only visited two. We ended up back at Massimo & Stefania’s apartment for dinner. Dinner was nice, a walnut pasta I think, but what I really remember is the dessert. Massimo had made two full trays of Tiramisu for us to eat. We ate maybe half of one tray for dessert & we were full. Massimo insisted we take the other tray …