My Weekend: Lianne de Mello

Lianne de Mello. Picture: Sarah Standing (150753-5081)
Lianne de Mello. Picture: Sarah Standing (150753-5081)
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Lianne de Mello, 27, lives in Southsea and is a communications officer for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.

When did you last go away and where did you go?

A friend recently got me started on ‘geocaching’ – a sort of real life treasure hunt.

Lianne de Mello

North-west Italy. Lake Como is as ridiculously beautiful as all the pictures make it look – mountains, lakes and fancy villas. I’ll never forget taking the cable car up the mountain and finding a near-silent spot above the lake to watch the sun set.

The last book you read?

I’m currently reading the Game of Thrones books, which are pretty easy page-turners. I’m a little bit ahead of where the TV series is up to now – however given how much they change the storyline, I still experience the same masochistic suspense the rest of the family does.

What do you watch on TV?

Shows I’m watching on the telly at the moment are Poldark, and both Simon Reeve’s and Louis Theroux’s documentaries. Theroux is brilliant at challenging what you think you know about different groups or people.

Which celeb would you most like to spend a weekend with?

Someone smart and interesting like David Attenborough (pictured). He’s a bit of a childhood hero. I met him briefly once and was completely starstruck – maybe if I got another chance, I’d pluck up the courage to actually chat with him!

Where do you eat out?

I love Circolo’s pizza and Pie & Vinyl. For coffee, Home in Albert Road is my new go-to place – the staff are really lovely, and they serve delicious Small Batch Coffee.

What about pubs and bars?

I like the Wine Vaults for a glass of wine, and the Still and West at The Point for crunchy chips, a relaxed drink and a great view of the passing ferries.

Where do you shop?

I like nosing around for a bargain in charity shops in Marmion Road, and Palmerston Road is lively on a weekend too. It’s tough to resist the fresh food from the market down there.

Where’s good for a day trip?

I lived in Brighton for five years, and it still holds a special place in my heart. Nothing beats wandering around the North Laine exploring the lovely independent shops.

Do you have any hobbies?

A friend recently got me started on ‘geocaching’ – a sort of real life treasure hunt. The website lists plenty of hiding spots around Portsmouth, and some require a bit of puzzling or local knowledge to figure out where they are. I’m working my way around the city’s hidden nooks and crannies as I go.