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As I walk into my room I feel relaxed and at home straight away. The passenger accommodation on board Celebrity Edge is designed by Kelly Hoppen MBE. With her signature neutral palette and beautiful textures, it feels stylish and welcoming. My Aquaclass Stateroom has a kingsize bed with a cashmere mattress, an airy balcony and plenty of clever storage space. The bathroom is sleek and modern with generous mirror, sink and shower and there are some delicate lavender-scented toiletries waiting for me to use.

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[AD – this was a press trip] My first trip to Tunisia* has left me keen to go back to explore more of this welcoming country. I was there on a three-day press trip in April, with fellow bloggers Cathy Winston and Nichola West, and we were hosted by the Tunisian National Tourist Office. Tunisia is the northernmost point of Africa, and sits just 37 miles across the Mediterranean Sea from the Italian island of Pantelleria.

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There are always loads of great things happening in London, and this month is no exception. There are two Bank Holidays in May, as well as the half-term school holiday, and as the weather’s getting slightly less chilly (some of the time at least) it’s a good time to explore the capital. Here’s my pick of the best things to do in London in May 2019. Check back each month for my latest round-up – and do send me any tips which you think should be included.

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I’ve been asked to create this itinerary by Discover Car Hire, who are sponsoring this post.

My first experience of Portugal was a marvellous two-week family road trip exploring Porto, Lisbon and the Silver Coast. Our kids were 18 and 13 years old at the time, and the holiday was a balance of cultural visits, foodie experiences, beach trips and time to relax. We hired a car from the airport when we arrived, and stayed in city hotels as well as a beachside apartment.

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When my flight from London to New York was cancelled, I was rebooked on a flight the following day, from a different airport. On my return, I claimed compensation for the cancellation. I’m sharing how I did this here, in case it’s helpful for you. This is what happened.

The closer it got to our departure time, the more obvious it was to me that something was wrong. Our flight was scheduled to leave at 16.45 – but at 16.45 we were still in the departure lounge, with no sign of a gate number for boarding.

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I have some exciting news to share – I’m actually now officially a married woman in the eyes of the Italian authorities. Apparently, although we were married more than 20 years ago, my Italian-British husband was still considered as single in Italy until this month, as we’d never registered our marriage with them. But last year we did actually get around to submitting the necessary forms to the Italian Consulate in London, and now we’ve received confirmation from Italy that the registration has gone through.

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I’ve enjoyed visiting New York City a few times with my family, but recently (thanks to my husband covering teen and dog care duties) I was lucky enough to be able to spend a few marvellous days there with friends. We spent hours in museums, art galleries and junk shops, and we tried different eating places each day. The weather was sunny but very cold, and we explored the city mostly on foot, walking for miles.

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This post is sponsored by James Wellbeloved*

While shopping a couple of weeks ago, something which I hadn’t been looking for caught my eye. My husband and daughter had been campaigning for a new dog bed for our whippet, Bluebell. I’d resisted, as she’s scratched through every single bed she’s ever had. She disinters the padding and it lies in fluffy piles on the floor around her selection of beds, until I clear it up.

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March in London is as busy as ever – and, as always, it’s a great place for a family day out. With Pancake Day at the start of the month, Mother’s Day at the end and a host of other festivals and events in between, there’s a lot happening in the capital. Each month I publish a round-up of some of the best things on offer in London for families with children and teenagers. Here’s my selection for March 2019.

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There are exciting things happening in London throughout the year, and April 2019 is no exception. Besides Easter (19th – 22nd April), the Queen’s birthday (21st April), and St. George’s Day (23rd April), there are some excellent new exhibitions, performances and festivals to experience this month. Read on for my selection of some of the best things to do in London this April.

London Games Festival

The annual London Games Festival showcases the best in video games and interactive entertainment through 40 events at different venues across the capital.

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