Life is in the detail

You may have to queue for an hour or more to get a table at Mama's in San Francisco, but the French toast is certainly worth the wait.

Helen M - Original Diver

Helen Mulhern

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Travel Things I Want To Do Before I Die

  • Rio Carnival - who doesn't?
  • Gallop through the Kenyan bush on horseback
  • Contribute to Bhutan's Gross National Happiness
  • Get to really know Berlin
  • Sleep under the stars at The Tree House Hotel, Sweden

Best Moments

  • The Adriatic Sea is a piercing blue and my favourite place for a quick dip. (I'm usually a reluctant water baby so this really highlights its appeal!)
  • Speaking of coastlines, we were driving through the rolling fog on Route 1 to Los Angeles when the mist broke into blazing sunshine as we hit Big Sur. The drive has hairpin turns and the Pacific Coastline can be seriously dramatic with its pounding surf
  • If I had to choose one place on my travels to go back to, it would be Lavender House in Sri Lanka (experienced.telephoto.discrepancy, for all you What3Word fans) - looking out across its infinity pool as the sun rises over the tea hills in the distance is pretty special.

Toughest Travel Moment

  • With no taxis in sight and going against all reasonable logic I hitched a ride with a Beijing local. An hour later, and exasperated with my poor Mandarin skills, I finally arrived at my destination.

Weirdest Travel Moment

  • Las Vegas, all of it. Utterly bizarre and eccentric. Speechless.

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Learning to Dive: Part 1

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