A LONDON CHRISTMAS AFTERNOON TEA BUS WITH BRIGIT’S BAKERY

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A LONDON CHRISTMAS AFTERNOON TEA BUS WITH BRIGIT’S BAKERY   Afternoon tea and double decker buses. Two things that have always been an intrinsic part of London’s fabric. But what happens if you merge the two together? Especially a themed Christmas afternoon tea? Opening its flagship establishment in the tourist heartbeat of Covent Garden, Brigit’s Bakery has delighted customers since … Read More

THE BEST THINGS TO DO IN THE NORTH YORK MOORS

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NORTH YORK MOORS NATIONAL PARK   Further east in God’s Own Country is the county’s other national park, the North York Moors. Characterized by upland fields of purple heather and lavender in the moorlands and valleys that produce a riot of colour in the springtime. Not to mention one of the other great features is the splendid coastline with countless … Read More

THE BEST THINGS TO DO IN THE YORKSHIRE DALES

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THE BEST THINGS TO DO IN THE YORKSHIRE DALES   God’s Own Country. So goes the description that all proud Yorkshire folk love to remind us of. On the map of the UK, Yorkshire is split into four separate constituent counties relevant to their compass location. North, South, West and East (Riding of) Yorkshire all have their own unique identities. … Read More

TEN GREAT REASONS TO VISIT TRENTO, ITALY

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TEN GREAT REASONS TO VISIT TRENTO   Located in the mountainous north of Italy, the city of Trento is one of Europe’s best-kept secrets. Capital of the Trentino region and resembling a cultural matrimony of Italy and Austria. Surrounded by the Dolomites, this makes a suitable base to explore a great nature wilderness. As a base to explore the greater … Read More

GREAT REASONS TO VISIT HARROGATE

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GREAT REASONS TO VISIT HARROGATE – THE PEARL OF YORKSHIRE   Located equidistant between Leeds and York, the leafy spa town of Harrogate has always been a byword in the affluent part of the North. A town that reached particular levels of prominence in Victorian times when its burgeoning wealth of spas provided a very popular wellness retreat. This was … Read More

TEN OF THE BEST THINGS TO DO IN VERONA – THAT HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH ROMEO AND JULIET

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TEN OF THE BEST THINGS TO DO IN VERONA THAT HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH ROMEO AND JULIET   Verona. The fair city of Verona, beloved by Shakespeare and immortalized as the location for the tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet. Subsequently, this has become the city’s main pull for visitors. The crowds will swarm through the dense side street … Read More

CHECKING IN – HOSTEL MARMOTA INNSBRUCK

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CHECKING IN – HOSTEL MARMOTA, INNSBRUCK   As the main city of Austria’s Tyrol region, Innsbruck is a fine base for outdoor enthusiasts. Dominated by the dramatic sight of the mountains overlooking the city below, this is a unique place to visit in so many ways. Looking for somewhere to stay I booked four nights at the Hostel Marmota Innsbruck. … Read More

STUTTGART – MERCEDES OR PORSCHE MUSEUM?

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STUTTGART – MERCEDES OR PORSCHE MUSEUM?   Mercedes-Benz. Porsche. Two of the most iconic names in automobile production. Brands that have become symbols of status and speed. Stuttgart serves as the spiritual home of both Mercedes and Porsche and subsequently you will find fascinating museums dedicated to both. For any keen car enthusiast, the city of Stuttgart in Germany’s southwest … Read More

Lille – an ideal day trip city

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LILLE – AN IDEAL DAY TRIP CITY Easily reached from London St. Pancras by the Eurostar, the city of Lille in the north of France is ideal for a day trip. Likewise, also not too far from Brussels or Paris. Thus strategically located from three of Europe’s main cities. Lille may not be one of the first places at the … Read More

20 Great British and Irish Castles That You Must Visit

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20 GREAT BRITISH AND IRISH CASTLES THAT YOU MUST VISIT History, pride, prestige, bloodshed and intrigue. Castles around the world have provided so much fascination and interest to historians of all generations. Many, especially in the British Isles have shared a bit of a common timeline. First constructed in some capacity pre-Middle Ages. Then, expanding into bigger fortresses of power … Read More

Going back to the future in Poruba

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Think of post-WW2 Socialist Realism architecture and a lot of negative thoughts come to mind. Row upon row of drab, grey concrete buildings devoid of any character. Lacking in color or personality. Maybe rough around the edges and in need of more than a touch of paint.

CHECKING IN – THE STUDENT HOTEL ROTTERDAM

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Recently I was in Rotterdam for the highly insightful Traverse 18 conference. When it came to choosing somewhere to stay, there was one whose mere name caught my attention. That which I chose went by the name of The Student Hotel. Least not because of how intriguing the name sounded. Convenient too, as the venue for the Friday opening night … Read More

A taste of County Cork

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An exciting week was coming to a close. The Europe edition of this year’s TBEX (Travel Bloggers Exchange) in Killarney, Ireland had been quite a week. An opportunity to meet many other bloggers with whom we share a love of travel and telling our stories. From first class seminars focusing on blogging and travel writing to a selection of talks … Read More

Christmas Postcards from London

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Every year, few other cities do Christmas like London. Shop windows with different stories on display. Each trying to encourage you to escape the cold and warm up inside. Trees of various shapes and sizes. Streets decorated so you can almost hear the sound of sleigh bells even in your imagination. And if you take time away from the stress … Read More

Fall in love with Cyprus

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Cyprus, nestling in the Eastern Mediterranean, is said to be the birthplace of Aphrodite, the famous Greek goddess of love. This can go some way towards explaining why those who visit this island find themselves in love with the incredible hospitality that complements its history and natural beauty. Beaches, mountains, traditional villages, ancient history, year round sunshine and great food … Read More

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