Travel Awards 2015 // Best Hotel…

A really great hotel is truly hard to find.  One that is a beautiful, doesn’t give up when it comes to customer service and comfort.  And of course it has to be in a brilliant location and look fabulous too.  It’s not to much to ask now is it? We have stayed in many hotels this year, from countryside retreats to city pads.  Here are our top three: Lou ArchellLou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed.  A

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Travel – Barcelona – Looking up….

This weekend I spent most of my time with my face raised to the sky.  Looking up at all the beautiful buildings, flats and balconies in Barcelona.  Such beauty was to be found in the simplest of streets, drying sheets wafting in the breeze and where black party dresses hung out alongside burros tail plants and potted geraniums. Lou ArchellLou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed.  A UK lifestyle & travel blog Lou is also a busy mum

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Travel – Art, food and hipster vibes in Poble Nou, Barcelona…

Today, I travelled away from the main tourist drag of Barcelona, Las Ramblas and that famous Gaudi house. Being a tourist among other tourists in 30+ degrees searing heat isn’t recommended.  Opting instead for taking the Metro to Poble Nou. It’s still hot, of course, but there is a lot less traffic and the tourists have given way to artists and students. I only came here for the coffee, but I’m glad I made the trip.  Lou ArchellLou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist

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Embracing the unknown – Hotel Brummell, Barcelona…

Booking Hotel Brummell was a risk, stepping off of the plane in an unknown City, it could easily have been a turkey.  But after viewing it on the Booking.com app I could tell it had the potential of being something really great, I wasn’t wrong. Located in the Poble Sec region of Barcelona, a leafy neighbourhood with tree lined streets and balconies that dripped plants and washing.  Kids playing football in the street, and people walking their dogs.  Not a ‘I heart Barcelona’ hat

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Wing it – a spontaneous weekend in Barcelona…

When I was younger, life was all about spontaneity, a chance meeting with a friend on the way home from work, then could lead to a mad night out, or trip to another country!  Yes, I have done that, on a whim got a boat to another island.    As I have grown older, become a mother, those ideas of spontaneity have dimmed somewhat.  A spontaneous adventure nowadays would be taking the bbq to the local park for tea, or ordering

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