Karen Edwards
Karen is a Freelance Entertainment & Travel Writer based in London.

Formerly the Deputy TV & Reviews Editor at heat, Karen has written for a range of publications and websites including AskMen, Closer, Cosmopolitan, Fabulous, Grazia, Handbag, heat, Sunday Times Travel Magazine and The Daily and Sunday Mirror. She also regularly blogs for All in London and is currently Web Editor of The X Factor website.

Karen can be found tweeting at @KarenNEdwards and contacted through her personal blog: popandprettythings.com

Entries by Karen Edwards

Travel Eye: Go back to Basics in Gozo

(2) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 3:58 PM


The sky is a brilliant shade of blue. The sun pours through from behind the extravagant steeple of the Rotunda Church. A few old boys are playing cards at a rickety wooden table outside the bar. It's the only business still open, and...

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Travel Eye: A VERY Different Country Spa Retreat

(1) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 7:56 AM

Think of a spa and you think of ultimate pampering: soft, fluffy toweling robes, soothing music playing in the distance and loving hands kneading every ounce of tension from your body. Bliss. Tranquility is something I look for in my spas; I find a good massage can be completely undone...

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Travel Eye: Beautiful Places to Visit in Britain

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 7:05 AM

I feel very lucky to have been able to visit some incredible places around the world. My parents had always encouraged culture-filled excursions growing up, and as soon as I was old enough to do so, I couldn't wait to jump on a plane to somewhere exotic, where wide sweeping...

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Travel Eye: Discover Sri Lanka's East Coast

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2014 | 8:00 PM


The lagoons are vast, the beaches deserted, the colonial ruins overgrown but full of history. Then there's the food... Don't get me started on the food. Kottu rotis, hoppers, kiribath (milk rice), spicy lamb curries, crabs and prawns coated in thick...

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Travel Eye: Treat Yourself in Thailand

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 8:00 PM

Heading to the sunshine for a special occasion? Or perhaps you're just tired of the backpacker digs? Whether it's a cosy boutique hotel in the jungle, a shack by the sea or a pampering palace you're after - you can find exactly what you need in Thailand.

There, even...

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Travel Eye: Budget Accommodation in Southeast Asia

(0) Comments | Posted February 16, 2014 | 7:00 PM

Oh, February. The clouds are heavy and grey, the rain is beating down - and we're all dreaming of that sunny warmth while strolling, flip-slops in hand, along the sand in some idyllic island paradise. So what's holding us back? Cost? Bargains don't pop up too often these days, meaning...

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Travel Eye: The Best of Manchester

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 5:25 PM

There is something about the spirit of Manchester that welcomes you right in. I'm not sure if it's the cosy bars, the music-mad locals, the ease in being able to walk everywhere, or the Mancunian accent (I love the accent), but each time I visit something draws me further into...

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Travel Eye: Visit the beautiful Islands of Guernsey and Herm

(1) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 6:34 AM

Leaving London on a cloudy September morning, I wasn't sure how excited I was about visiting Guernsey. The weather was looking bleak (mostly cloudy), temperatures were on the turn (goodbye summer) and islands are usually colder and more blustery, aren't they? Especially in the English Channel.

Well, I was wrong....

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TRAVEL EYE: Driving Route 66 - The Ultimate American Adventure

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 6:29 AM

We're on a road trip. In my book; the 'ultimate road trip'. We're travelling Route 66 - also known as the 'Main Street of America' and the 'Mother Road'. We're very excited.


Continued from Part One:

New Mexico

If there's one...

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Travel Eye: "We've Found the Way to Amarillo!" - The Route 66 Road Trip

(1) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 1:20 PM

Sitting in an old-school Texan diner on West 6th Street, my friend Charlie swallows another spoonful of homemade chilli and pipes up, "We've found the way to Amarillo!" And we both fall about laughing.

We're on a road trip. In my book; the 'ultimate road trip'. We're travelling Route...

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Travel Eye: A Summer Weekend in Cork

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 5:36 AM


It's a Saturday afternoon and I'm tucking into a gorgeous Irish lamb stew. My friend Natalie is opposite me, equally enthusiastic about her seafood chowder. We're both gossiping away without a care in the world. Below us, weekend shoppers are bustling around with carrier...

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Travel Eye: Making the Most of a Hong Kong Stopover

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 8:07 PM

My previous experiences of Hong Kong have been somewhat fleeting. The first time I stopped here was in April 1997, while on holiday with my family. We had been visiting relatives in New Zealand and were on our way home when we made the break. My memories are of dusty...

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Travel Eye: Horse Riding and Pampering Near Dorset's Wil Coastline

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 4:39 PM


Oh, our beloved England. When it's grey and rainy, we spend all our time moaning. As soon as the sun shines, the flip flops are out, bikinis are on and the parks are full of happy, smiling folk eager to get a glowing tan....

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Travel Eye: Discovering China

(1) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 8:00 PM


Covering over 9.6million kilometres and clocking in as the world's second largest country in land mass, China has so much to offer the inquisitive traveller; neon-lit cities with huge shopping centres, sky-scrapers and a buzzing nightlife, hundreds of miles of arid desert,...

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Travel Eye: Going Wild in Galápagos

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2013 | 8:00 PM

I'm sitting on a boat, with the sizzling sun beating down on me. The temperature is about 26˚C and the sea water gleaming. A group of ten people on board are darting back and forth, declaring their amazement at the adventure we've just been on.

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Travel Eye: A City-Beach Break Combo in Thailand

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2013 | 1:17 PM


When King Rama VII built his summer palace in the coastal village of Hua Hin, he named his new home 'Wang Klai Kang Won' - meaning "far from worries". Over 90 years later, at 5am on a Tuesday, here I am with six new...

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Travel Eye: The Wonderful Cities of New Zealand

(1) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 8:00 PM

The last time I blogged about New Zealand, I wrote of a place where snowy peaks reached high into the sky and cascading waterfalls roared into an idyllic fjord backdrop. This was the South Island and I had fallen in love with it. Little did I know, there was a...

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Travel Eye: Alice Springs to Darwin on Australia's Great Railway

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 8:00 PM

As the long sleek carriages of The Ghan pull out of Alice Springs station, I wave goodbye to one of Australia's most fascinating towns. I'm on a 936-mile journey across the Northern Territory to Darwin; a journey that will take over 23 hours.



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Travel Eye: Turkish Delight By the Aegean Sea

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 7:00 PM

The turquoise sea glistens under the afternoon sun as I stand knee-deep taking in my surroundings. A shoal of Blennioidei shoot past my feet, before a flash to my right indicates a lone flying member of the group has glided out of the water and is now diving back in....

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Travel Eye: The Rainforests, Rivers, Lakes and Glaciers of New Zealand's South Island

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 7:00 PM


As my dusty hired Toyota RAV4 rounds the corner at the top of the hill, the sky opens up ahead of me; its enveloping blue spreading like spilt ink across my windscreen. I watch in awe as the rich, luscious, inviting colour...

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