Amalienborg Slot, Copenhagen, Denmark

Seeing the sights of Copenhagen: The Rundetarn; Nyhavn; Amalienborg Slot; Marmorkirken

We had a day brilliant in Copenhagen recently and all these sights are within walking distance from one another. The Rundetarn is the historic Round Tower and gives great views of the city; Nyhavn is the infamous and colourful canalside strip; Amalienborg Slot is a grand cobbled square surrounded by four rococo palaces (their Queen lives here!); and the Marmorkirken is an impressive marble church.

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Grain free cocoa and apricot granola ( Paleo and gluten-free )

Cocoa and apricot grain-free granola (paleo, gluten and wheat free)

I’ve been making my own granola for years now, but recently I bought a packet of Paleo grain-free granola for some astonishing price. So, although it was delicious, I made it my quest to work out a recipe of my own.

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Le Bar at Le Grand Intercontinental hotel Paris

High heeling it at Le Bar at Le Grand Intercontinental and the restaurant Drouant, Paris

We decided to go ‘out-out’ in the rather grand neighbourhood of Paris called Opera, so-called because of the magnificent Old Opera House that dominates it. Le Grand Intercontinental hotel sits beside this beauty. We started this rather extravagant evening at Le Bar, followed by a meal at the Drouant, just a stroll away.

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One of the best churches Sainte-Chapelle Paris

2 of the best churches in Paris: Saint-Chapelle and Sacre-Coeur

Whatever your faith, churches are really rather lovely to wander round. Two of our favourites in Paris are Saint-Chapelle, with its awesome (in the true meaning of the word) stain-glass windows, and Sacre-Coeur, standing only second in height to the Eiffel Tower like the gleaming white ‘sacred heart’ it is intended to be

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Funky Loustic cafe, 3rd arrondissement, Paris

Eating with the locals: Le Tournebievre, Astier and cafe Loustic, Paris

Booking a restaurant, bar or cafe where you eat with the locals has become a quest for me. A bistro or brasserie brimming with neighbourhood Madames and Monsieurs is like hitting the jackpot to my lot. You feel more immersed within their culture and somehow reassured that the famous French palette will guide you.

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