Love living in north-east London, although originally from Ireland. A city girl at heart but happy to do occasional forays into the countryside. My recipe for a great holiday? Pre-trip research & reading, then travelling with husband and friends for a mix of live music, gallery visiting, good food & wine, retail therapy in independent shops & flea markets, plenty of walking & getting to be a public transport expert. Wherever possible, choosing apartments over hotels for that "living like a local" feeling. Allergic to cats.