I’m not mad on cars, jewellery or designer clothes but I do love collecting memories. Give me an epic view with a loved one and the sun on my face over a new handbag any day. Holidays and trips away with family and friends give you precious moments that you reminisce about for years to come. The memories take you back to a place, a scene, and a moment that you’ll remember always and that’s precious. It’s priceless. Like our Machu Picchu moment.
Picture a room. A special room with an epic view. Now imagine that this is a room that transports you somewhere different each night and opens its doors to a sparkling new view each morning. The thing is you have no idea where you’ll wake up each day, what you’re going to experience or how it’s going to feel. Only that it’s going to be remarkable. Sounds like my kind of room!
The foods and flavours of Peru are vast, vibrant and varied and we ate some amazing dishes on our trip. An abundance of fresh produce and a fusion of cultural influences means Peru has become the gastronomic epi-centre of South America. Lima, Peru’s capital, is a culinary hotspot and home to eateries on the world’s top 50 restaurant list. Traditional Peruvian food and drink is available from markets, street stalls and tiny family run restaurants called huariques. If you’re heading that way, here’s the low down on some Peruvian food and drink you really need to try.
Street art pops out from the walls of the Barranco district and it’s a big giveaway that you’ve arrived in the city’s artsy neighbourhood. Bohemian Barranco is home to many of Lima’s artists, photographers and musicians. MATE, the gallery of the Peruvian fashion and portrait photographer Mario Testino, resides in this artistic neighbourhood. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Lima (MAC), the Contemporary Art Museum, which specialises in modern and contemporary Peruvian art is also in Barranco. But it was the colourful street art that captured my imagination.
A Lima Food Tour
My favourite way to get to know a new place is through its food and what better way to learn about Lima than by taking a Lima food tour with a local. A Limeño. David grew up in Peru’s vibrant capital and introduced us to the city during an immersive gastro-cultural tour with Da Taste of Peru. We experienced a fabulous fusion of Lima’s highlights, its quirks, its art, history, neighbourhoods and, of course, a full-on food fest in South America’s gastronomic capital.
Avoiding mosquito bites on my travels has always been an issue but never more so than on our trip to the Amazon Jungle. We’d booked our flights to Peru and our stay at Treehouse Lodge, deep in the jungle, was confirmed. It was time to get very excited. I love adventure and staying in a treehouse in the Peruvian Jungle ticked a box right up there on my travel wish list. Then the realisation kicked in that we’d be staying in a high-risk malaria zone and mozzies see me as one big moveable feast. Did I get ravaged by mosquitos? Here’s what I did to avoid mosquito bites in the Amazon Jungle.
St Kitts is a pocket gem of an island which, apart from being incredibly beautiful, has something to get everyone’s holiday vibe going. It’s the perfect romantic destination for couples and families will find something to keep everybody happy from the youngest to the eldest. Foodies will be tempted by St Kitts’ food and restaurant scene and luxury lovers will want to check out on the island’s luxe list. For sun-worshippers there are sandy, palm-fringed beaches while adventure junkies and nature lovers will get their kicks in St Kitts too. Read on for the best 20 things to do in St Kitts and Nevis…
Flying high over northern Peru I gazed down on a land covered in dense tropical rainforest. A glinting river ribbons its way through the vibrant swathe of jungle. The mighty Amazon. Treehouse Lodge sits amid 350 acres of preserved Amazon Rainforest surrounded by thousands more acres of protected land. It’s the most biodiverse region on earth and the perfect place for getting up close to nature and the Amazon wildlife.