Around this time 12 months ago, I had just returned from an absolutely epic trip to New Orleans, thanks to being invited to attend a friend’s wedding. This week, I realised that I never got around to blogging about our time spent in one of the coolest places on earth. So here I am, making up for it, with a round-up of how we spent an amazing few days in New Orleans.

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Just in case you a) don’t know about, or b) still haven’t visited The Kings Head in the Gower, I thought I’d better fill you all in with a review. It really is one of my favourite places in the whole world – as evidenced by the fact that I’ve stayed there three times now!

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Italy’s capital, is a sprawling, cosmopolitan city with nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture on display -meaning that budget flights, an AirBnB studio flat and a good pair of walking shoes are all you need to enjoy a fabulous getaway in this romantic city.

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Have you ever considered ditching the trains, planes and automobiles in favour of a staycation in your own city? I spent a night at the city centre Mercure Holland House Hotel to see if it could work.

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