I don’t normally stay in the same place twice. Not only does my travel schedule rarely bring me back, but I also love to explore new places so much that I tend to choose uncharted territory over familiar. But sometimes a place leaves such a lasting impression on me that I make a special exception, and one particular place in the UK is a prime example: Lime Wood in England’s New Forest.
Christmas is coming to London. Everywhere I look there are lights and decorations, and all of the annual ice skating rinks in London are buzzing. With the city in such a festive mood, I can’t help but get excited for the holidays. And with the holidays coming up, I can’t help but eat more than usual. Amidst all of the seasonal indulging, one meal stands out above the rest: dinner at the three Michelin starred Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester.
I didn’t expect the Queen to show up. I suppose it’s not so farfetched to imagine she would, given I’m near Windsor and she has a second home there (you could call it a castle, even). But really, it’s not every day that the Queen arrives at a hotel where I’m staying, and I stay in a lot of hotels. This isn’t just any hotel, though. This is Coworth Park, and if there’s a hotel the Queen is going to visit, it’s this one.
It’s December. The weather is cold in London and all I want to do is run away to somewhere warm. In fact, I’m heading to San Francisco next week for Christmas. But in the meantime, I’m in London searching for places that will make me forget the chill. In doing so, I remember a restaurant from last winter that made me feel like I was in a warm land far away: Mamounia Lounge.