26/06/23 – Weekend Trips
I recently did a few weekend trips that were memorable to me and I’d like to share why. The first one was to Siena in Italy: a place I always wanted to visit and finally got the opportunity when a friend decided to organise his spectacular wedding there. Siena was a dream for the history and architecture geek in me and also helped me discover why this walkable old town is perfect for a day trip straight out of a fairy tale but why it also might surprise you in the most unexpected ways. Watch the full Siena video here to find out more:
The second trip was to Lugano in Switzerland. Once again – a first for me. People say it’s the Monaco of Switzerland and I wanted to see if that was true or not and explore Lugano in one day whilst filming my experiences. This time my trusted dog companion Tyson joined me so it made the day that much more fun (and I also got kicked out of a few places where dogs weren’t allowed, hah!). Anyway, here’s a Lugano walking tour in under 7 minutes:
My most recent weekend trip was a little more exotic. I was invited to an event in…. TUNISIA! So like a true explorer would, I packed my bags and went (and obviously filmed a vlog in the process). Tunisia was more vibrant and historical than what I expected and I got to see the best of both worlds through this amazing experience in Sidi Bou Said and Carthage:
12/04/23 – My secret for free hotel upgrades, perks and benefits
I can’t believe it took me this long to share my top tip for free hotel upgrades, perks and benefits worldwide. I guess I was waiting for the right moment, when I could be sure that you guys would love and use this little travel hack just as much as I have over the last 5 years. In fact, it’s been pretty instrumental for guaranteeing VIP treatment in every hotel I’ve booked since 2018… not to mention free breakfasts, resort credit, upgrades, free spa access, late check outs and more. The perfect way for me to thank you for always supporting my content. Check it out:
28/03/23 – Arctic Circle
What a trip! This kind of experience has always been a dream and it did not disappoint. I even took it a step further and let my audience on Youtube and Instagram decide what exactly my bucket list for this trip should be. The results led me to try snowmobiling for the first time ever, staying in a glass igloo whilst witnessing the northern lights and having an epic traditional outdoor sauna experience! I stayed in some incredible hotels on this journey but my favourite was most certainly Cahkal Hotel , on the border of Norway, Finland and Sweden, offering a real luxurious boutique experience and a range of unique activities in the Arctic. Watch the videos below about what it’s like to spend a night in a glass igloo in Norway and bucket list experiences that you can’t miss in Lapland !
24/02/23 – Colombia Trip
I recently spent ten days in a country that I had never been to before: Colombia ! I managed to see a lot of amazing places there thanks to weeks of serious planning and was so thrilled have discovered this vibrant, diverse and unique part of the world. My first quick stop was Bogota, which blew me away with its street art, food and views. The more touristy part is rather compact and easily walkable, which meant I could film a video about how to spend One Day in Bogota:
But my favourite part of Colombia was definitely Cartagena – a historic colourful town on the Caribbean sea with such a fantastic energy and so much to see. I even created a Complete Cartagena Guide during my weekend there:
The journey continued in Medellin, which is said to be more creative and artsy than Bogota, but I honestly had a strong preference for Bogota, even if I only spent a day in both and realize it’s nowhere near enough time to see everything. Regardless, I still managed to film a one day Medellin guide around my favourite spots:
One of the most memorable days from the entire trip was this incredible day trip from Medellin, where we visited South America’s most colourful town, hiked to the top of a famous volcanic rock surrounded by 32 water streams and experienced local coffee production. I think the overwhelming amount of experiences during one day definitely made this the best day trip from Medellin and I highly recommend it to anyone who is visiting the area.
18/01/23 – Safari show now airing on Samsung TV + in France
Yesterday a friend in France bought a new Samsung TV, turned on the Samsung TV + application and saw… my safari show ! It’s so strange hearing myself speak a language that I’m fluent in, but with another voice! I absolutely love that it’s airing in France too now and so grateful for the team that filmed, edited and distributed the show for always making nature and wildlife relevant, no matter where we are in the world.
11/11/22 – Summer recap + Upcoming Projects
A quick summer recap: After Corsica I went on a little road trip across most of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana (New Orleans = WOW! Check out the vlog here) and then came back to Monaco, only to embark on another adventure to explore a French Chateau . Also – remember that India project I presented earlier this year? Well, editing has almost come to an end and next week I need to fly to New York o do the voice overs for it, which is also a great excuse to see some friends and family who live there and to hop on a plane as soon as I’m done and go all the way to Argentina for my next vlogs and adventures! In the meantime, you can still find my shows on TravelXP , HTC Channel and Digi Animal World.
17/07/22 – Corsica
I started this month with a fantastic trip to Corsica – an island only an hour away from where I live in South of France. I’ve never been before and I was blown away by its natural beauty, old towns, food and activities. An amazing holiday, which resulted in one of my favourite ever vlogs .
28/06/22 – Global Child Mauritius – now out!
Three posts down, I wrote about my experience co-hosting a travel show called Global Child in Mauritius. I am so so thrilled to announce that it’s now out on NBC’s streaming platform Peacock in the US, as well as on SKY in the UK, Ireland, Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Italy. I’ve watched the full episode and it’s a project that I truly am so proud to have been a part of. What a fantastic way to start the week !
06/04/22 – India!
It’s been way too long since I’ve written on here and SO much has happened! I visited my dad in LA right before Christmas, continued my adventure in the BVI like last year for New Year, then got back to Monaco and started working on a very interesting project: a creative documentary about a very special community in West Bengal. The team (from USA) and I filmed in India for a total of 10 days in March and it was such a rewarding experience. I got to spend time with some of the most wise, genuine, soulful and welcoming people I’ve ever met and learn about their philosophy, practices and way of life – which date back hundreds of years. A documentary about these communities has not really been done before and I feel they’ve got so much to teach the rest of the world, so I’m very excited for you to see this project once it’s out. In Kolkata itself I got to be a tourist on the last day and enjoyed the markets, the Victoria Memorial and the busy streets bustling with life!
09/12/21 – Argentina
My most recent adventures took place in Buenos Aires and Patagonia I’ve never been to that part of the world before and absolutely loved it! From the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires, to the unbelievably gorgeous nature of Patagonia: I really feel I got to experience some of the best sights Argentina has to offer. In Buenos Aires I filmed a full city video tour, exploring the different areas as well as a local crop farm, and in Patagonia I hiked a glacier and discovered one of their best kept natural secrets!
26/10/21 – Mauritius
October has been such an amazing month, full of memorable experiences. I went to Mauritius for 10 days to cohost a travel show called Global Child (with Catriona Gray, Sam Milby and Augusto Valverde) and we did everything from sea plane tours to waterfall hikes to sunset cruises to swimming with wild dolphins (teaser vlog of dolphin swim here). I had the pleasure of staying at the wonderful Four Seasons Resort for ten days and it was honestly a dream! Pure luxury and incredible service on every level. I loved it so much that I even filmed a Four Seasons Mauritius Resort Tour (below) as we were the first guests there after Mauritius reopened its borders for tourism. I also got lots of compliments on my fab jewellery, which is by the same designer as the pieces I wore for the Zimbabwe tv show : Patrick Mavros. Can’t wait for the final episode to come out!
18/08/21 – Montenegro
I just spent a week in Montenegro and took the opportunity to see some amazing places – including old towns from the Roman times with incredible history, gorgeous caves and secluded beaches as well as impressive luxury resorts in the area. While I was there, I filmed a few vlogs including a Montenegro Boat Day, a guide to Budva, Montenegro and and a One and Only Montenegro resort tour. Enjoy!
21/07/21 – More Trips
In the past few months I’ve been lucky enough to travel to some amazing places including Tuscany (vlog here ), Positano (vlog here), Capri (vlog here), Amalfi (vlog here), Pompeii (vlog here), Como (vlog here), Milan (vlog here) and St Tropez (vlog here and here) ! Phew! That’s definitely a lot of places, but here I am.. already planning my next trip! Can anyone guess where??
28/05/21 – Safari Show airing in UK
It makes me so happy to see messages from people who watch my shows and who follow the African Adventures I spent so long filming in Zimbabwe. You can imagine my excitement when I found out that the show is now being aired in the UK on Virgin Media’s Ultra HD channel!!! Epic Safari Encounters has been shown daily for the past 2 weeks and I am over the moon!
18/03/21 – New YouTube Channel!
I did it…. I finally started a YouTube channel! What made me do, you ask? Probably the inspiration I get from discovering new places each week and being completely blown away by them…and then feeling guilty for not sharing it with more people!
My videos are a mix of goofy global travel adventures with my dog Tyson, as well as life in Monaco. I hope you enjoy it- please subscribe if you do!
15/01/21 – Caribbean
Just like last year, I celebrated New Years in the BVI (VERY thankful to have been able to, given the global situation!) and it was honestly magical. Since so few tourists visited the area during the whole year, all the marine life has returned and we saw turtles, dolphins (previously spotted over a decade ago!), puffer fish, barracudas, tarpons and so much more…! Not to mention, we were the only people wherever we went! Every day we visited secluded beaches, empty islands, caves, previously packed snorkelling spots with not a single boat in sight and other beautiful locations I’ve not previously had a chance to explore. Would go back in a heartbeat.
30/11/20 – Life Updates
Sooooo, one of my dreams finally came true – I adopted a dog!!! I’ve had a few family dogs as a child but never by myself as an adult and so far it’s an even more rewarding experience than anything I could have imagined. I’ve always had a special connection with dogs, but the understanding my rescue dog Tyson and I share is really something incredible and unique. I’ve only had him for 2 months, but he already thinks it’s his life mission to protect me and love me unconditionally. He’s smart, cuddly and extremely intuitive… couldn’t have asked for more! Also, the wildlife, travel and safari show that I presented has finished airing in Spain on Canal Viajar and the ratings were so good that they’ve started airing it from episode 1 this week ! I am so thankful to everyone who watched, reached out, sent me screenshots and lovely messages… honestly makes my day. The next territories that will air it are Thailand, Hungary, Russia , Angola and USA. Oh, and lastly – it was my birthday and I was spoiled rotten with flowers and chocolates…not complaining!
02/10/20 – Africa TV Show
The wildlife, travel and safari show that I spent so long presenting in Africa is now airing in Israel, Spain, Portugal, Romania, Hungary, UAE and a few other countries! So happy to be receiving positive responses from all over the world every week when new episodes are released. Here is a nice collection of videos viewers have sent me from Spain (sound quality isn’t great with the recordings but even on mute the scenery and wildlife are spectacular!) :
28/08/20 – Sicily
My first trip in months was to Sicily… far away to be a new environment with places I haven’t seen before, but close enough to come back to Monaco in a few hours if needed. What a fascinating place – with so much history, diversity and incredible nature. I spent ages planning out the perfect itinerary for a week and it was so worth it… would go back in a heartbeat.
29/06/20 – Monaco, St Tropez and staying (mostly!) in one place
I never thought I’d enjoy sitting still for 4 months… until circumstances forced me to stay in the same place for precisely that long! I came to Monaco for a weekend in early March, then borders closed due to Covid19, and I’ve been ‘stuck’ in Monaco ever since! Not the worst place to be ‘stuck’, that’s for sure, but I did think I’d feel the intense need to travel at some point… which thankfully hasn’t happened yet! In the last few weeks, I’ve spent some time on a friend’s yacht in St Tropez (pics below) and I’m currently planning a few scenic hikes around the area as well. The fantastic thing about working online is that you can do it from practically anywhere, and travel actually adds value to my content – so yay!
22/03/20 – New photos
Loving these new pics from a recent photoshoot with the talented Rebecca. I styled and planned this all by myself – everything from the clothing, to the props, the makeup, to the camera angles etc, so am extremely proud of the results.
05/03/20 – QVC dress launch
Presenting on QVC channel is still what takes up a lot of my time here in London, and the more I do it – the more I love it! It’s all live and unscripted so you have to think on your feet and be prepared for anything. Earlier this week I launched the new Big Deal dress by Jolie Moi and I’m happy to say it’s almost sold out in all colours just a few days later! Here is a video:
29/02/20 – Leap Year Updates
What a whirlwind of a few months this has been! Not only is it now 2020, but it’s also leap year (something that always excites me like a little kid for reasons unknown even to me). Since mid December last year I’ve travelled to Carribean, LA, South France, French Alps, Italy, Spain and the UK just to name a few! I wanted to share some of my favourite travel pics. I am now back in London, presenting on QVC live TV as usual. Still love it and you can stay updated with all my all my air times on social media.
04/12/19 – Headshots
For any actress or presenter, posing for headshots is one of the most important things you will ever do. They are pictures of you looking natural and conveying your personality, versatility and unique traits to camera in a way that should make producers or casting directors hire you… or at least want to know more about you! I spent ages choosing the right photographer (the mega talented Charlie Sambrook took these) and am so happy with the outcome!
13/11/19 – Oribe Shoot
Oribe is one of the world’s most renown professional haircare brands so being pampered with their products all day didn’t really feel like work! Especially as the person styling my hair was none other than Nicci Welsh, the celebrity hair stylist and makeup artist with her very own academy in Denmark. My hair was braided in two of the most intricate styles I’d ever seen and what followed was an elegant 50s style monochrome photoshoot.
28/10/19 – Birthday Trip
Happy Birthday to meeeee! And what a birthday it was…. I decided to take 5 days off work and go on a trip around some places in Italy that I’d never been to before (despite having lived in Italy for 3 years… madness, I know). Lake Garda, Verona and Venice were some of the most memorable stops with highlights including the Scaligero castle, Burano, St Mark’s Square (and pretty much everything else in Venice!) and wandering around Verona at dusk. Incredible history and architecture and the weather being close to 22 degrees at the end of October definitely made it a birthday treat!
24/08/19 – Sardinia
It’s not often that I get to take a real holiday – meaning a week of no work, very little phone signal and doing absolutely nothing! That’s exactly how I spent 8 days earlier this month, on a friend’s boat in Sardinia. I’ve never really been around the island so was amazed at the natural beauty the place has to offer. Favourite spot has to be La Maddalena though!
Now that I’m back in work mode, I can safely say you’ll be seeing a lot of me on QVC UK in September (follow my Instagram for time/date updates), but in the meantime why not checkout the compilation video from my favourite shows to date:
17/07/19 – New Projects Out
A few new projects that I’ve been very excited about have been released this week and I can finally share some screenshots! The first is one of the new pictures on the UltraDex website which will also appear in pharmacies and on amazon.co.uk soon- I feel lucky and proud to be their new face and can confidently say that I can no longer use any other brand of oral care! The second is a screenshot from a promo video for a giant new development in Egypt. This was a huge production, all filmed in London on a green screen, and can now be seen all over the Middle East.
28/06/19 – Lavender Field Shoot
What a brilliant location for a shoot and one of my bucket list creative concepts ticked off! It was a warm day but the sky was nothing short of dramatic, which made for really unique pictures. Photography by Helen Bissell Bland, styling by Adrian Pini.
18/06/19 – Madrid
Presenting at the annual medical convention in Madrid last week was a brand new experience: I was in charge of presenting a medical script about the effects of inflammation on certain proteins to hundreds of doctors from around the world. When I first saw the script I was a little overwhelmed with all the medical terms that I’d never heard of, but after a few read-throughs it stuck in my head and I felt confident enough to present it roughly 100 times over the next 5 days! On my last afternoon I had a few hours before flying home and I decided to see the Royal Palace... I’d been to Madrid before but somehow never took the time to explore this stunning place. It’s incredible, both in terms of design/ architecture and history and I’m so happy I had the opportunity to wander around the area (open mouthed, obviously.). Also: I am overdosed on jamon, so none of that for a while now!
07/06/19 – Barcelona
The end of last month saw me travelling to Barcelona or a week for both work and play. I love Barcelona for its vibe, culture, history, beauty and diversity. After a few days of work, I took time to explore Girona, the amazing Dali museum and a few must see sights in Barcelona itself.
02/04/19 – Breaking Through
Absolutely loving the outcome of these pictures from last month’s ‘breaking through’ shoot with fashion and ballet themes. Photos taken by Elegant Glow Photography, Ayad Al Adnani, Nelly Sugar and Stacey Yianni.
27/03/19 – Copenhagen
I recently went to Copenhagen for 3 days. It was my first time there and the first two days were spent working from 8am – 8pm and I didn’t get to see any of the city. However, the last day was all about walking around and exploring. It was COLD but so beautiful and my favourite part was the canal with colorful houses surrounding it – such a magical vibe!
20/02/19 – Miami / Bahamas
I have just returned from a week away working in Miami, followed by a glorious 2 days exploring the Bahamas! It was my first time in both locations and I feel so lucky being able to combine travel with work, especially in such beautiful parts of the world. Even though I didn’t get to see much of Miami because of the busy work schedule, I still got a feel for it and it’s exactly like I imagined : beaches, shopping malls, palm trees, trendy restaurants and bars and way too much traffic! Bahamas, on the other hand, was 2 days of pure exploration – a real paradise where I got to swim with piglets, pet nurse sharks, share a beach with iguanas and snorkel in the most amazing turquoise waters. And now that I’m back in London, I’ve got some very exciting news that I can share in a few weeks, so stay tuned!
04/02/19 – Zimbabwe
If you’ve been following my Africa Filming blog, you probably already know that Zimbabwe has become my second home. I’ve lived there for 7 months out of the last year and am proud to say I know the country better than most locals by now. That’s why, when a brilliant travel agency specialising in safaris offered to help me create my own Zimbabwe package holidays based on my experiences out there… I immediately said yes! After the popularity of the trailers, a lot of people have been asking me for safari and Zim travel advice anyway…. so this sounded perfect. My favourite package to create and plan has been Victoria Falls (because visiting Zimbabwe without seeing the falls is a big no no), combined with Hwange National Park (Zimbabwe’s biggest national park, and where we filmed some of the coolest wildlife sightings for the tv show, like this and this). We needed to film promo videos for this package and for the travel agency, so out I flew to Zimbabwe and off we went to Vic Falls and Hwange… and it was amazing!! I cannot tell you how well Mystreez have managed to organise what I had in mind: I zip-lined over the falls, drove a quad for the first time ever (and probably the last time, if you consider the safety of those around me…), went to some of the most unique restaurants, saw the most glorious sunsets and starry skies, stayed at the best lodges, got close to lions, elephants, zebras, giraffes, hippos and the rare and protected Rhone antelope… and not to mention a few other incredible surprises that I’ll leave for you to see when the videos are out!
19/01/19 – Dubai
Almost every year around December / January you can find me in Dubai. My mom and I celebrate New Year there, see some family friends and I try to squeeze in a few shoots when time allows it. This time round, I was extremely pleased with the projects I got to be a part of. Favourites included a beach shoot with photographer Rebecca as well as a portrait shoot with Kathir.
10/12/18 – Russian Film Week
Earlier this month I had the privilege of hosting RUSSIAN FILM WEEK in London – a brilliant event that brings Russian cinema to an international audience. I presented the opening and closing ceremonies for Renovatio Entertainment, as well as the Gala evening and hosted four Q and A sessions with actors, producers and directors. It was a humbling experience as you are constantly surrounded by mind-blowing talent, and I even had the chance to interview the legendary Brian Cox and the inspiring Natalia Vodianova, whose charity was supported during the event. You can see bits of the interviews in the video below. And in case you’re wondering, those beautiful dresses are by Elena Bryntsalova and Audrey Ashley Couture 😉
8/11/18 – Germany Travel Show Filming
It’s been a mega busy month and I’ve just returned from an epic 10 day trip around Germany, where I was hosting 3 travel episodes for a global channel. We travelled around Munich, Frankfurt, Rudesheim and Cologne, covering all the best things to see/ do in the areas.
Despite the freezing cold in some locations (I will forever remember Frankfurt as the city that numbed my whole body with ice cold wind rain in 2 degrees), it was an awesome experience. My favourite parts were the Royal Residence in Munich (SUCH a beautiful city in general.. think it may have been my favourite!), Eltz Castle just outside Frankfurt (over 800 years old and still belongs to the same family 33 generations later.. how crazy!? Oh, and it looks like it could be Cinderella’s home) and obviously the Cologne Cathedral, which is stunning from every angle with a super interesting history of its own. We travelled with a small crew (and LOTS of equipment!) and had a schedule mapped out that would allow us to cover the best attractions and interview some incredible people (my highlights were interviewing the curator of the world renown BMW museum in Munich and the curator of the famous medieval art and history museum in Cologne – LOVE that kinda stuff!). And did I mention how much I had to EAT!? A big part of travel is exploring local foods, so at least once a day I had to eat a huge meal on camera- not complaining!! In fact, on the last day I felt so full that I said no to pizza *gasp!*
The 3 episodes will air globally in January next year, so be sure to check
back for an update on times/ channels in a few months!