i have noticed that my friends and family are now giving me ‘experiences’ for presents rather than physical gifts – i am loving the different surprises that have been arranged for me – from nights in hotels, to massages and theatre trips, they are great memories and also makes xmas last even longer! last weekend, i treated my friend elise to a night in her favourite hotel – the titanic in liverpool! the roomiest, coolest hotel that i have ever been to in the UK. its a short taxi ride from the tate gallery, but situated right on the docks and housed in a converted warehouse – one of many that line the once busy docks of liverpool. you can always find a deal, check their website for advanced offers or check on secret escapes – the spa is a heavenly treat too. i managed to pop into the tate to catch up on the free matisse exhibition – london isn’t the only place to have important art!