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'I haven't been everywhere yet but it's on my list' Susan Sontag

Monday, 28 July 2014

miss b loves ....... Singapore, a city of contrasts (Part 1)

I'm back from my travels! 

Singapore is a true melting pot of cultures. We visited this fascinating city a few years ago on a two night stopover from Bali, but having read about the new ambitious architectural projects, we decided to go back and spend more time there. 

It's a city of contrasts with old and new buildings sitting side by side .......stunning colonial buildings and a futuristic skyline. 

There's an array of world-class restaurants and high quality street food which we were keen to try too.

Day 1 began with a stroll around the local area. The Merlion statue is the symbol of the city with the body of a fish (representing Singapore's origin as a humble fishing village) and the head of a lion from the Malay Singapura (meaning lion city.)

Next stop...another Singapore icon...Raffles Hotel, a colonial style building established in 1887 and named after Stamford Raffles, the founder of modern Singapore.  

During our last visit we had enjoyed afternoon tea in the Tiffin Room but this time we planned to return the following evening for a Singapore Sling or two!

Thursday, 3 July 2014

miss b loves .........Luxe City Guides

Plannning a holiday or even a short trip is always part of the fun and excitement of travelling. I love to do my research so that we can make the most of our stay whether it's a weekend break or a more leisurely two weeks away from home.

There are always places which are a definite 'must-visit' but we like to wander off and find our own unexpected gems too.

Luxe City Guides are compact yet so informative and reliable. They are a world away from the usual bulky travel books with information overload and far too many photos and maps. 

I like the elegant covers and the fold out concertina-style design .....

These stylish pocket-sized guides easily slip into the smallest of bags without the need to rely on an internet connection for on the spot information ......

When folded the guides are just 7 mm thick....

The lighthearted witty style of writing appeals to me too. 

Recommendations come from the resident editor and contributors who really know their city and who provide short, sassy reviews and they are very selective about the entries.....

Friday, 20 June 2014

miss b loves .......a surprise afternoon tea and 'couture' nail polish.

Regular readers of my blog already know about my obsession with afternoon tea and a surprise visit to Great John Street Hotel in Manchester was the highlight of my birthday the weekend before last.....

This beautiful building was formally a Victorian school and there are reminders throughout this sympathetically restored hotel.

Old photographs hang on the walls .......

This little boy doesn't seem too keen to be there!

This was very much a summery afternoon tea with flowers and fruit adorning the traditional three-tiered stand which was laden with sweet treats.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

miss b loves .......classic cars on the village green

I've always had an interest in cars and from a very young age I knew all the makes and models.... I even had a collection of miniature Matchbox cars

Imagine my delight when we stumbled across a 'car carnival' as we were driving through the village of Wrea Green a week last Sunday. Classic, vintage and supercars all shiny and gleaming in the sunshine on the green.

Wrea Green  is a picturesque, award-winning village ........

Just ten minutes from home, it boasts the largest village green in Lancashire and a huge duck pond known to locals as 'The Dub'.

The green is the perfect setting for such an event and it was a gorgeous English summer's day ....

Isn't this 1948 MG TC the perfect car for a stylish picnic? .....

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