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 rather than acquiring more stuff.   last weekend, i treated my friend elise for her birthday to a couple of  nights 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  -london isn’t the only place to have important art!  stop to eat at ‘the quarter’ in the beautiful georgian area around hope street,  for a bite to eat or just for  coffee and cake, and then a must see stop are the 2 opposing cathedrals – both architecturally amazing in their own right.  if you have time, take the 15 min drive to Crosby beach to see ‘another place’ by Antony Gormley – a series of life size cast iron figures set along the beach seemingly entering the sea.



incidentally this opening shot of my book ‘stolen glimpses’ is from the window of Tate Liverpool.

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