Elves And Ice Sculptures At Santa Park

Our second encounter with Father Christmas took place in Rovaniemi – the Finnish Lapp capital and so tied up with Santa that they have two places you can see him. Santa Village, right on the Arctic Circle is great with a post office and other quirky things to see. Husband and I went there in…

Staying Near Grand Central Station

The search for a place to stay in New York for our December week was not so straightforward. We discovered prices climbed skywards as soon as the holiday season started – there seemed no exceptions to this rule. Resigned to paying through the nose we stumbled upon the Shelburne Murray Hill Hotel – not exactly cheap but…

Holiday Windows And Toy Shopping In New York

Top of my New York list was to check out the festive shop windows, a prolific New York holiday tradition and no wonder! Every year designers transform the department store windows into miniature Christmas worlds attracting passers-by like us to gaze in awe. Several evenings we walked 5th Avenue from 39th to 59th Street along with…

New York At Christmas Time – Our Best Bits

A blast from the past – back to when Son was 4 and I had one of “those” landmark birthdays – scarey thing is I am uncomfortably close to another one. Not party people, we seize every excuse to take a trip – this time was no exception. My December birthday had me consider several options but…

Narnia at Chatsworth

The day before Christmas Eve we ventured out to Derbyshire to visit Chatsworth House, known as the “Palace of the Peaks”, arguably England’s most handsome country house and ancestral home of the Dukes of Devonshire. The house is stuffed with extraordinary history and the 30 odd rooms are stuffed with one of Europe’s most significant…

Merry Manchester

Manchester doesn’t have the 12 days of Christmas – here there are 37.  That’s how long the Christmas markets take over the city.  Several times in December, we, together with the brave and hearty thousands, brace ourselves and squeeze into the frantic hustle and bustle of the markets. Husband and I in days of old…