As a former home shopping Jewellery Girl I simply couldn’t resist this photo opportunity.
As they say: No lady without pearls. And the bold necklace caught my eye as much as the impressive face with big, deep, dark eyes.
We had ventured into the East End for the BALANCE health and fitness exhibition and en route walking via Spitalfields market we stopped at a lovely café offering organic novelty coffees, teas and fancy hot chocolates plus amazing types of chocolate and pralines. I just had to try the delicious dark chocolate truffles with chilli. And try again. And again… They are my favourites! Not easy to resist the hot chocolate with cinnamon - some are served with salted caramel. It is a paradise for chocolate lovers! So I am certain we will return to this very attractive place fairly soon…
The lively mural brought back memories of our trips to Latin America. Or Las Americas as the locals would say. My partner and I had a great time visiting Argentina (time was too short) and we felt very relaxed and at home in Uruguay. Good reason to go back! Many “Urus” have European roots or ancestors and it seems easy to make friends. The architecture is very pleasing, too - especially the modern condos which are much more affordable than our houses in London (no surprise, I guess…).
Uruguay might be a small country compared to its neighbours but it has great impact. We also spent some time in Panama and drove from the hot-all-year-round capital to the famous coffee province Chiriqui which is much cooler due to its mountain location and also more relaxed than buzzing Panama City. Funnily, I wouldn’t rave about the Panamanian coffee though - with the exception of The Garden Inn in Boquete where we stayed over New Year. A little gem!