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Emma
Before I booked our day-trip to Ha Long Bay – a UNESCO World Heritage site consisting of almost 2,000 islands of limestone rock scattered over an area of 600 square miles – I was a bit concerned I might be wasting my money.   All the reviews I’d read, and people I’d spoken to, said that...
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Where can you go where you walk across the airport runway to get to your hotel, explore a rock that has over 30 miles of tunnels bored into it, and wander along country paths and not bat an eye at a large monkey sitting preening itself on a fence?  The answer is Gibraltar. I recently spent...
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When I wrote my previous post on my one-night in Jersey, I said I would write another about my trip to the Jersey War Tunnels Museum. I wanted to do this because it’s one of the best museums I’ve visited in a long while (that and Chicago’s Museum of Science of Industry that I posted about...
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Judging by some of the reactions I have had to my recent weekend away in Hannover, it’s not top of people’s list for a short break in Germany.  And it’s true that it’s probably pipped by the likes of Berlin, Munich, Hamburg and Cologne.  But this doesn’t mean it’s not worth spending some time here –...
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Image: © Elizaveta Galitskaya/ Dreamstime.com To those who have read and commented on my posts this year, a huge thank you. I’ve been fortunate enough to squeeze in a fair few “travel on a time budget” trips, many of which have been one or two nighters. This has allowed me to pack in a lot and...
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I grew up a short drive from England’s Dorset coast. This meant that most Sundays we were bundled into the car for a day out, to spend some time walking along the coast, rock pooling in the bays, followed by an obligatory stop in a local tearoom and a wander around a souvenir shop to buy...
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Anyone who knows me will vouch that I absolutely adore Switzerland.  And other than the fact that it’s a tad expensive, why wouldn’t you? But it’s not just the highly liveable cities, breathtaking scenery and fantastic food, it’s also a favourite for the sheer fact that’s it’s a perfect country to explore if you’re on...
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You won’t be in Hannover long before realising it’s an incredibly green city – there are parks and lakes galore as well as a 1,600 acre forest to amble around.  And although it’s true that the rebuilding of large swathes of the city centre after the World War II Allied bombings focused more on functionality...
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My guide book said that Angra do Heroismo was one of the most beautiful cities in the Azores and a must-see for any visitor to the archipelago which lies in the Atlantic Ocean about 900 kilometres west from the Portuguese coast.  Having spent a couple of days exploring this delightful town this summer, I was...
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Guest post by Monica Castenetto You’ve always wanted to see Hadrian’s Wall, but thought you can’t do it on a time budget? Think again. Granted, in a weekend you won’t walk its 117.5 kilometres in their entirety, but you’ll certainly take in its unbelievable scale, connect with its intriguing history and experience the breath-taking landscape...
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