Happy Pills

If you are looking for a small gift for  sweet-toothed friend, go no further than Happy Pills.  They stock sweets of all colours presented in pill bottles and boxes.  Fill your own, or select a pre-filled package. You can find the stores in a number of locations, including Portal de l’Angel and Argentaria.  Or orderContinue reading “Happy Pills”

For anyone with a sweet tooth…

If you like traditional sweets, window shopping here in Covent Garden may not be enough for you. Hope and Greenwood sell traditional British sweets.  The interior is as good as the window displays above.  They sell my favourite, chocolate limes, along with pear drops, sherbet lemons, rhubarb and custard, and just about any other traditional sweet you can name.  According to their website, MissContinue reading “For anyone with a sweet tooth…”

Hand Made in Chelsea

When you’re tired of window-shopping in Chelsea, head inside.  You can see from the windows below just how enticing the coffee shops are. Chelsea Quarter Cafe, 219 Kings Road, London SW3 5EJ Gail’s Cafe, 209 King’s Road, SW3 5ED . This is part of the Thursday Lingering Look at Windows challenge.

A bite to eat in Burlington Arcade

If you fancy a nice cup of tea and some beautiful, tasty macaroons you can’t do better than Ladurée in Burlington Arcade. There are a few tables outside, where you are protected from the elements by the arcade itself.  Just perfect given the renowned unreliability of the English climate.  So take your position for a spotContinue reading “A bite to eat in Burlington Arcade”

Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful

Never being hungry makes me very thankful. I’ve travelled enough, at home and abroad, to know that I’m lucky in that respect. On a recent trip to Edinburgh, I discovered a great cafe/deli, Earthy at Canonmills.  They serve a chocolate cake to die for.  But it’s the fresh, organic produce that makes me most thankful:

Vibrant Barcelona – when and where to shop

Barcelona is high on my list of the top 10 cities in the world: it is small enough to explore on foot; it has great places to eat and drink; it has its own beaches; it has exciting and beautiful architecture; and last, but not least, it has fantastic shopping. When to go? Any time you like,Continue reading “Vibrant Barcelona – when and where to shop”

Melancholy Moscow

I have just returned from a brief trip to Moscow. The weather there was bitterly cold, something it happened to share with China which was having its first harsh snows of the winter. Something Russia didn’t appear to share with China, however, was a desire to provide customer service. If only the Muscovites had beenContinue reading “Melancholy Moscow”