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Chateau de la Couronne review – Shoreditch meets Marthon

Chateau de la Couronne review – Shoreditch meets Marthon

Do you fancy a very quiet French countryside holidays but with the city chic design of East London?

Then I recommend Chateau de la Couronne between Charentes and Périgord, near Angoulême where we stayed a couple of years ago. The hotel had opened the year before and the owners were really welcoming and nice to us. I see from Tripadvisor that reviews are still very good.

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Jolies Choses – 20 July 2014

Jolies Choses – 20 July 2014

Mademoiselle has finished school this week. Even though the weather is not giving us the message, her holidays mark the beginning of the summer season. Can’t wait to go away in just two weeks now. It’ll be a very welcome break as we are all started to be really tired. And you?

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The 10 stages of a being a new blogger (and what to do about them)

The 10 stages of a being a new blogger (and what to do about them)

This weekend I am very excited to attend the Blogcademy London led by bloggers extraordinaire Kat, Gala and Shauna. I will be totally out of my confort zone surrounded by a lot of younger and much more creative ladies than me but that’s also what makes it so appealing. I look forward to learning so(…)

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Spotted – beautifully styled holiday homes in Portugal

Spotted – beautifully styled holiday homes in Portugal

Social media can really be a great tool. Annie, who lives in Portugal recently pinned one of my images on Pinterest so I went to check her own pins. I landed on her website as she is a stylist. She rents three small houses in the Algarve in Portugal and Casa da Formosa caught my eye.

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Book now : Sources de Caudalie opens 12 new suites

Book now : Sources de Caudalie opens 12 new suites

I had mentioned Les Sources de Caudalie before when I spotted La Chartreuse du Thil. Located in the Bordeaux vineyards, it’s very nice hotel where you mostly go for the Spa. Caudalie is a famous cosmetic brand in France, with the essential component being grapes.

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