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Where's the best place you've ever stayed?
The Riad Lydines in Morocco was out of this world. Riads from the outside blend into the background but when we walked it in was like 'how can you keep this place hidden?' Our suite was decorated in a very traditional Arabic style with the added luxury of its own Jacuzzi and private terrace. Every morning, we would be asked "Where would you like to eat breakfast - in the lounge, by the pool or on the terrace?" With only six rooms, it was these personal touches that made it seem like we were the Riad's top priority. After exploring the hustle and bustle of the city, it was such a treat to know we had the calmness of Riad Lydines for the evening.
What's your oddest travel moment?
Travelling through Japan there were so many differences in culture which made the trip so memorable. Watching a woman cycling with ease through the bustling streets of Tokyo in six inch heels; trying to use hand signals to decipher whether a menu written completely in Japanese had meat in it through acting out animal mimes; and most oddly how easy it is to get on trains in Japan, there are queue lines to get on each carriage and people pay attention to this!
Have you had a perfect travel moment?
The perfect moment was getting married in the Conservatory Gardens in Central Park, New York. It was shared with 18 of our closest family and friends and the setting was absolutely beautiful by a small pond in a very private space. After the ceremony, my husband and I walked the park while the photographer captured some fantastic natural snaps.
What are your suitcase essentials?
I tend to always collect a guide book of a destination I have travelled to. I think my favourite is the DK Top 10 Travel Guide Range. I really like the format of the books, such as Top 10 People watching Venues, Top 10 Cheap Eats and even Top 10 Things to Avoid
Where's next on your wishlist?
Having done some of East Coast Canada I really want to visit Canada’s West Coast. To take a seaplane over to Vancouver Island to go bear watching and hopefully spot some whales off the island’s rugged coastline. I would then want to visit Vancouver to experience the cities excellent shopping and cuisine.