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Artisan: Coffee With Heart In SW London

Artisan: Coffee With Heart In SW London

We stumbled upon this local gem by accident late in 2011. Artisan Coffee opened up on the street we used to live in Londontown and to be honest we entered only because it looked… well… cute! Little did we know, we were about to taste the best coffee we’ve had to date in our 18 months in the UK. Many visits later (I’ve already redeemed my free coffee via the stamp card if you must know ;-)) and we are still completely and utterly in love with this little coffee haven in the middle of Putney in SW London. Here’s […]

Taxis On Koh Samui: What You Aren’t Meant To Know

Taxis On Koh Samui: What You Aren’t Meant To Know

After 2.5 weeks in Bangkok, we’d started to feel pretty good about our ability to deal with the Thai taxi system. We knew how to get a guaranteed metered fare, we knew our common place names in Thai, we knew the area a bit so we could sniff out “drive them the longest way possible” scams, and more… Then we got to Koh Samui and it all got flipped on it’s head. In short, taxis follow no rules here. And tourists are captive to their practices on this small island paradise. Before we discuss the various taxi scams on Samui […]

Maenam Beach: The Best On Koh Samui

Maenam Beach: The Best On Koh Samui

For a small island, we found that Koh Samui wasn’t really that… small. There are many little spots to the island, many different beaches and areas and if you know what you’re doing, you can pick your favorite and focus on spending most of your time there. We started out at Chaweng, the most popular area on the east side of the island. And while we found it perfectly picturesque, and filled with activity, it wasn’t until we reached Maenam that we realized how much variation there really is from spot to spot and how worthwhile it is to make […]

Chaweng Cove Resotel: Smiles and Savings in Samui

Chaweng Cove Resotel: Smiles and Savings in Samui

Andrew and I got married last week in Koh Samui (YAY) and were lucky enough to be joined by 50 of our family and friends for a week of cocktails, sunburn and all round good times. We researched a lot to find the perfect spot for everyone to stay for the wedding week and had the following conditions: 1) Needed to be close to the “fun stuff” i.e. beach, restaurant, shops. 2) Despite #1 it still needed to give off an island-ey vibe for the all-important relaxed feel one would expect when holidaying in Thailand. 3) It needed to suit […]

Cinque Terre – In Photos

Cinque Terre – In Photos

We have been TERRIBLE with posting lately but this morning I thought I’d grab a few minutes to post some of our favourite Cinque Terre photos from our trip there in April. Cinque Terre was one of the most beautiful places we’ve ever visited. The combination of the dramatic clifffaces, azure blue ocean, colorful townships and ancient oceanside ruins meant many WOW moments – and me snapping away like a maniac on our camera! We have LOADS of posts to write about the best places to see, where to stay and how to get around – I promise they are […]