Running the Paris Marathon

Forget hop-on-hop-off bus tours. What’s the best way to see a city? To run it, of course!

After a year of planning and months of training, I ran my first marathon in Paris on April 8th 2018. It was an exhilarating adventure, culminating in the best race I could have ever have wished for.

Here is my race recap of the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris; something I wanted to do to ‘tick off the bucket list’, but has in fact ignited a passion for endurance running.

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March {Loves}

March 2018 will forever be remembered as the month that spring didn't spring and we were instead treated to one final laugh from winter: the so-called 'Beast from the East'.

That didn't dampen our spirits though! March was a jam-packed month of fun, travels and trips.

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How To Spend A Weekend In Nuremberg

Fresh back from a weekend in Nuremberg and I don't think there are sufficient adjectives in my vocabulary to express how much this city captured my heart {but I'll give it a good try, anyway!}.

It might seem quite a random choice over the more popular German destinations of Berlin, Hamburg or Munich, but for the first time since getting married and having children I was going to be travelling alone. I fancied somewhere that ticked all my boxes: cultural, historical, beautiful and with great food and coffee - but with the added bonus of being safe and easily navigable. My weekend in Nuremberg {or Nürnberg to the locals} offered all of the above but with an extra shot of unexpected cool.   

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Why The Michelberger Hotel is the Coolest Place to Stay in Berlin

Berlin pulsates a understated coolness unparalleled by any other city on earth.

It's no secret that Berlin holds the keys to my heart. I was born and brought up in the city, and try and head back at least once a year to get my fix. What can I say? I'm a Berlin junkie.

On our most recent trip, we stayed at The Michelberger Hotel and I've got to say - it's the hippest hotel in Berlin, by far.

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January {Loves}

Unlike the majority of the population, I usually look forward to January. If a month could be introverted, it would be January, wouldn't it? A month of quiet reflection and fresh starts.

It usually indicates a trip to Germany in the Sharples household. This year was no exception, and we duly headed off to Berlin a couple of weeks into January for my annual pilgrimage to the motherland.

But, I can't help but feel... well, a bit flat, to be honest with you. 

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An Intentional Valentine's Day

We've always been one of those couples who proclaim that we don't need a clichéd Hallmark-card day of flowers and chocolates to profess our love for each other. After all, love is shown in the little things, isn't it? A cup of tea brought to you in bed in the morning. A foot rub after a hard day. Taking the bins out, even.

But as time goes on, you realise that time has indeed gone on

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December {Loves}

Let's see how far I can get with this post without mentioning the elephant in the room, shall we?!

We've had plenty to celebrate in December with the month kicking off with a special little lady's 4th birthday. How can Sophia be 4 already? She had a wonderful day, topped off with a tea party with her friends.

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