Weekend Poll: London (and Amsterdam and Edinburgh!) Calling

Happy Saturday, everyone! How was your week? Mine was hellish in terms of workload, but the weekend is upon us – and, since we’ve been covering some heavy topics in recent Weekend Polls, I thought I’d deviate this weekend.  

I’m just a few days (and more than a few items on my to do list at the office!) away from hopping on a plane and crossing the pond, to speak at Executive Secretary LIVE in London. Lucy Brazier and her team, including Matthew Want, are well known for building great networking events into ESL, as the conference is known.

Delegates will gather at the New Zealand High Commission mid-week. I understand that Gill Quirk is among those to whom we owe our appreciation for this event. Then, before we get down to some serious knowledge exchange, we’ll spend the next day exploring either the Natural History Museum or the Victoria and Albert Museum. Both are appealing to me, but I’ve signed up for the V&A tour specifically to bring home a Victoria-themed little souvenir for a friend. I know I could pick one up elsewhere in these travels, but think it’ll be more meaningful for her, knowing where it was acquired. There’ll also be tea at Harrods, and dinner at Gaucho Sloane, in Chelsea.


Off to Edinburgh

After London, I’ll hop on a train and make my way to Edinburgh, to join Rosemary McLennan and members of the Scottish PA Network. I’m looking forward to speaking at their 2018 Spring Showcase.

This is another impressive annual gathering of  EAs, PAs, office managers and business support personnel. We’ll be joined by 65 exhibitors from Scotland, Ireland and England who are astute and understand the purchasing influence our counterparts quietly wield.  Hays will also be there, offering a PA Career Clinic.

I’m looking forward to both these great gathering of EAs, PAs and assistants of all manner of job titles – and to meeting readers new and old at both gatherings. I’m also going to …

Take a hike

Actually, I’m going to enjoy a few hikes, through the Highlands of Scotland! Before heading north, though, I’ll be enjoying some down time in London and catching up with friends. I’ve visited London a few times, and have even been to visit the Queen … or, at least (with thanks to EPAA’s Victoria Darragh) her home! Visiting Buckingham Palace was one of the highlights of last September’s trip to England, but there were also others, thanks to opportunities to meet up with friends.


How would you spend time in London, Edinburgh, the Isle of Skye or Amsterdam?  

All this, of course, leads to the focus of my latest Weekend Poll: I’d love your insights on how you’d spend some time in any of these places – and in St. Andrews, or near Fort William, Portree or Uig, Scotland. Whether you’re a local, someone who has visited one of these places, or an armchair traveller who is inspired by any of these locales, what well known or little known spots would you visit in the early Spring? If you had time in London, would it be a good idea to head to Richmond Park?

As a gardener and photographer, I definitely have the famous Keukenhof and all its Spring flowers in my sights for a day trip from Amsterdam. In Edinburgh, the Castle is on my list, as is Dean Village. I’d love to hear …

What must-see spots would you build into your itinerary?   

Please take a couple of minutes to complete the poll below. As always, I look forward to hearing what you have to say and will publish results next week.

“Select” whichever responses apply, and remember to CLICK on the “VOTE” ICON and ADD YOUR IDEAS AFTER EACH QUESTION. 


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