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My name is Rachel Carr and I started This Is Carrt in 2014 when my husband's job moved to Germany and I decided to give up my day job in the city and go with him on the adventure! I had always loved to travel and write, and was also passionate about photography so one day I sat down and mingled all three of them on this website and my Etsy page. I write about a wide range of things like how to cope with airline hand luggage allowances to what to wear to any destination wedding. However, when I write up a holiday destination, there are more often than not a few common themes linking what are otherwise very different places:

1) Food. I love to eat. It structures my day to day life as well as any trip that I go on. I think food is a great way to start to experience a new culture as well as meeting new people.

2) Value. I don't get swayed by places to be seen and clothing to be seen in for the sake of it. I hate being ripped off. Be that by a fiver or by hundreds of pounds. If an activity or an excursion I go on is expensive but an amazing experience, I will still highly recommend it, but won't recommend it simply because it is deemed luxury.

3) Beauty. I love looking at pretty things. They don't have to have a purpose!

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Our Blog - Dedicated to Travel, Food, Lifestyle and Fashion

With a love of travel and writing as well as a passion for photography, this blogsite and my Etsy page mingles all three.

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Notting Hill - What To Do With Two Nights in West London

Rachel Carr

Last weekend, I caught up with two girlfriends I met whilst living in Germany. We had previously settled on having two nights in London, staying in the Notting Hill area. Having researched properties to rent for a couple of nights through AirBnB.com and Homeaway.co.uk, we had found a place that was unintentionally opposite the Blue Door in the film Notting Hill for a very good price. Based on Westbourne Park Road, it was a great location. Not only because it was easy for all of us from our various starting points, but it was literally just off Portobello Road with all its buzz.

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Things I Love About London

Rachel Carr

Given what happened in London this week, I felt like I couldn't publish my usual blogs without mentioning the terror attack on Westminster on Wednesday. With that in mind, I thought I'd list the things I love about London.

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The One Where I Went To Soho Farmhouse

Rachel Carr

This week, I was lucky enough to go to Soho Farmhouse with one of my oldest friends Miss. T. Luckier still, we were blessed with sunny weather and warm temperatures that made this country outpost of the Soho House chain even more idyllic than it already is. Set within rolling hills near Chipping Norton, on the outskirts of the village of Great Tew, Soho Farmhouse is about an hour and a half from London and a completely decadent slice of heaven. 

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10 Best Online Interior Stores

Rachel Carr

I love looking at the interiors section of any shop. All the better if the shop itself is dedicated to all things beautiful for home living. Over the years, with my moving house every other time the earth goes round the sun, I have learnt to holdback from buying a shop's entire range the moment I get a new abode's keys. I have learnt the hard way that it's better to live in a place first before decking it out in furniture and home furnishings from top to bottom.

So for this week's top 10, I have listed my favourite online interiors stores - suitable for a wide range of budgets.

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A French Weekend

Rachel Carr

At the weekend, I was lucky enough to visit a friend of mine who is living for a short while in the beautiful foot hills of the Midi Pyrenees near the town of Saint Girons. Having been before, it was the perfect destination for me and my burgeoning bump as the littlest things take all the energy from me at the moment. By visiting somewhere I knew well, and with a short flight, any crazy pregnancy worries were allayed, and I found myself flying from Heathrow to Toulouse on a Friday night.

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Top Ten Lazy Sunday Brunch Recipes

Rachel Carr

Brunch is my favourite meal of the week, without question. By its very nature, it means that I have time to relax with little time pressure to be elsewhere as it is an inherently lazy meal given that it is a morning ritual. If it's on a Sunday morning, more is the better as I find that is when my family is at its most chilled. For this week's top 10 on This Is Carrt, I have chosen the recipes I enjoy making and eating most - beware some are healthier than others! But after a Sunday morning run, all can be a guilt free pleasure. Must remember that in future. 

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Three Pubs and A Little Lady - Gastro Pubs Worth A Visit

Rachel Carr

Back in the day, the point of a pub was simply to be a destination to have a few drinks and perhaps chew the cud with a friend. These days, pubs' food offering is equally, if not more, of a draw than what ales it has on offer. Whilst, as a food lover, I'm all for this, I do have a number of gripes with the nu wave of gastro pubs that charge through the nose, not because their food is exemplary, but because their walls are the current in vogue colour of grey from Farrow and Ball. Recently, I have visited a number of pubs that have happily not fallen into this category and instead, I have dined out exceedingly well at pubs that are sadly not walking distance from my home. That being said, they were definitely worth the drive.

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Winter Skin Saviours

Rachel Carr

I don't know about you, but my skin is in need of a change of season about a month earlier than the environment has planned - with or without global warming. Winter has taken its toll and my face needs some warmer spring climes and a little bit of sun right this minute. Not in March, when we are due to welcome the change in season.

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