At least the rain has stopped. But it's reminded us that summer is officially over, and we need to start planning for some winter sun.
This piece was going to be called Never Again, after visiting the Costa del Sol and only finding pollution and Peter Andre. But luck prevailed, and we found a jem of a place in Andalucia not far away from the maddening crowd - a luxury hotel that lives up to its claim.
In summer, a girl’s natural instinct is to pack a bikini and sarong and follow those surfer boys. Given that Ms R is Australian and Resting Banker Girl (RBG) is from New Zealand this would make sense.
Tucked away in a cosy nook in St James, Duke’s Hotel is the kind of place favoured by well-heeled, established citizens of the world - people who have effortless social graces and know how to hold a good conversation.
Who are these miserable, stick figures in slut shoes? “They’re yummy mummies, apparently,” replied Resting Banker Girl. But they’re all scowling - or they would be if the Botox hadn’t stopped them.
The Desperate Bankers Club decided to go away for the weekend. Our daily routine of lunching and dining quickly made us settle on Paris. And we thought back on just a year ago when we still felt rich on the Continent.
Far removed from the traditional working ranch, wanna-be wranglers with a penchant for the finer things in life can partake in a wider range of activities than simply rounding up the cattle. Saddle up and check out this different kind of holiday.
Helena Christensen isn’t the only one; there are more where she came from. And the men are just as gorgeous.
The days of decadent travel are done. For now, anyway. (And we'll be sure to let you know when they're back.) In the meantime, show some responsibility - to yourself or to someone else - while still getting your adventure on.
I used to be a babe. I used to be babe in Amsterdam, strolling along the canals, alternating between museums, coffee shops and design shops. But not anymore. On this trip, the babes dictating the day's (and night's) events were eight and 11 months of age.