Tales of a City Girl

South America, Travel

Wed 4th Oct 2017 18:22

Gringo Diaries Part 2: Bolivia, from La Paz to Sucre


South America, Travel

Thu 28th Sep 2017 12:27

Gringo Diaries Part 1: Peru, from Lima to Puno

Gringo Diaries by Florence Buswell


Thu 2nd Jun 2016 20:42

Edinburgh: a worthy contender for London’s crown?

There aren’t many places I would choose to live in England right now other than my beloved London. Kent? Done that. Essex? Meh. The North? So North-y. But there’s just something about Edinburgh. Or maybe I’ve drunk too much whisky. You decide.

My loves, Travel

Sat 12th Mar 2016 20:07

Where’s the best spa I’ve ever been to? You may be surprised…

What do I have in common with the Made in Chelsea lot? No, it’s not the fact people pay me to go to their bars – it’s that I also agree going to a spa is the only way to spend a weekend darling. Although, unlike reality TV toffs, I can’t really afford to go a lot. This is why I’m so pleased to post about my brilliant and affordable trip to Aqua Sana Spa in Center Parcs. Yes, that icon of happy childhoods everywhere has a spa too – and a damn good one at that.


Mon 30th Nov 2015 23:15

Brome Grange Hotel, Suffolk – a weekend roam around Brome

Sometimes even a city girl needs a dose of country Bumpkin.


Sat 26th Sep 2015 16:12

Croatia tour – Split; Hvar; Korcula

From my office to schoolfriends, there was rarely an area of my life where I didn’t know someone going to Croatia recently. It was like divorce, one in three people you know were likely to experience it. But unlike divorce, Croatia is something I’d recommend you aim for – although it probably is as money-draining and freeing as a divorce, hoho. Anyway, strange metaphor over (it’s been a long week) – here’s my travel tales from Croatia.


Mon 3rd Aug 2015 21:45

Rome – if you haven’t been yet, why not?

Take enough incredible pizza and pasta to sway Dr Atkins, a cavalcade of monumental history and architecture on every corner, and a busy excited buzz from breakfast to midnight, and you’ve got the recipe that makes up Rome. If food and culture are your bag, Rome is for you.


Tue 5th May 2015 16:38

Fredricks Hotel with a touch of Fawlty Towers

Maidenhead may not be the first place you think of when you’re thinking of a few days away with your live-in lover.  But a quick peruse of good old Groupon unearthed a deal at Fredricks Hotel and Spa, so on a spontaneous week off we went for it.


Sun 8th Feb 2015 23:36

Paris: a mini break in the City of Lights

I’m lucky enough to have one of my closest friends living in Paris – and having worked between Christmas and New Year, I was desperate for a break. Annie resides somewhere even Carrie Bradshaw was prepared to uproot her life to go to, so it wasn’t a difficult choice.

About me

I'm Florence and I like to write.

When I'm not writing about pensions and mortgages in my day job, I write about my life in London, in which I cannot afford a mortgage even if I sold off a kidney, and I've still got another 40 years at least before I can access my pension.

I'd say I'm an ordinary girl looking for an extraordinary life, but clichéd phrases really annoy me.

Read my blog to find out more about my pet hates; and more on the places and things I love. And if you want to, please feel free to contact me with article ideas or feedback.