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My hangouts: St Louis

By On December 31, 2013

I’ve been based in St Louis for a wee while now and here are the old favourites that keep drawing me back… Northwest Coffee – for a perfect lazy morning  My favourite place… Read More

Shawn Mayer does Nashville

My hangouts: Nashville

By On November 11, 2013

Nashville singer Shawn Mayer reveals her picks from Music City… The Building ‘By far my FAVORITE place to hang out is ‘The Building’  in East Nashville. It is full of art, paintings,… Read More


Get your Nashville on in Music City

By On September 28, 2013

If you’re glued to the heartbreak, cryin’ and drinkin’ on TV series Nashville you’ll love following in Rayna and Juliette’s footsteps in Music City. Here’s where to go ya’ll… Party like a… Read More


Summer days in Chicago

By On July 26, 2013

As the porter passed me a goldfish I couldn’t help but wonder if I was in some weird jetlag haze. I’m used to complimentary cosmetics in hotels but a free pet delivered… Read More


It’s always sunny in Philadelphia

By On January 9, 2013

Just two hours by bus from New York the city of Philadelphia provides a welcome break from the mayhem of the Big Apple.  With its fascinating history, abundance of museums and relaxed… Read More


Philadelphia: Hotel Monaco

By On January 9, 2013

The chic Hotel Monaco in Philadelphia was just six-week-old when I was invited to stay in one of their homely corner suites. Located in the historic 1907 Lafayette Building in Philly’s old town, the… Read More

San Francisco

Braving the Sharkfest swim from Alcatraz

By On October 14, 2012

Treading water in San Francisco Bay I wondered what on earth I’d got myself into. To my right the cheerless shadow of Alcatraz’s deserted prison structure loomed over me and the bitterly cold water… Read More