London Days Out: The Natural History Museum

I'd heard good things about the Natural History Museum in South Kensington in London, so when we arrived to find a long queue I wasn't too worried, thinking it would be worth the wait. And boy, was it worth it. Even without a single exhibit inside this is a must see...

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Memories of the golden age of travel

When my grandmother set forth in the 1920s on a journey that would take her quite literally around the world it is amazing to think that P&O Ferries were already 90 years old. To this day there is still something romantic about travelling by ship. While for my...

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The oriental splendour of the Royal Pavilion, Brighton

At the end of the 18th century Brighton, in East Sussex on the south coast of England, was just a small fishing town. Under the patronage of the Prince Regent, later George IV, it started to flourish as a pleasure resort and soon became fashionable with royalty, the...

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Winchester Cathedral, one of the loveliest in England

Last year when I visited The Christmas market at Winchester, I took the opportunity to look inside the cathedral and I am so glad I did. Never before have I walked into a building and literally gasped out loud! In the heart of the historic city of Winchester, the...

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Zest for Taste! A fantastic foodie find in Chichester

Zest for Taste is a wonderful shop, I stumbled upon quite by chance, in the lovely cathedral town of Chichester. When I noticed the large amphores full of oils and vinegars through the shop window catching the sunlight, I couldn't resist a peek inside.    As...

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Cultural cock-ups and blogger blunders!

No matter how well-travelled you are it is still possible to make mistakes when you are in a new culture or even one you are fairly familiar with. What to you may seem a perfectly innocent remark or action can cause offense or even outrage! Here are four tales from...

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South England, from Brokenhurst to Brighton

For many years now I have dreamt of buying a restored VW camper van and touring England. Over the years I've been so busy visiting other countries that I have not made enough effort to get to know my own. One region that I do know fairly well though, is the area...

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London Days Out: Brick Lane

Brick Lane, in a part of East London once known for its slums and Jack the Ripper, has long since been famous for its Indian restaurants, markets and the biggest Bangladeshi community in London.   Brick Lane Market The best time to visit Brick Lane is without...

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London Days Out: Camden’s Markets

Camden is one of my favourite parts of London. Full of life throughout the day and late into the night there's plenty to see and do there whether you're looking for interesting shops, great inexpensive restaurants, lively pubs, superb live music or simply fancy a spot...

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London at Christmas

London at Christmas really is a wonderful place to be. The Christmas lights in town look stunning and shops such as Harrods and Selfridges are famous for their seasonal window displays. Everywhere is hectic but there's a feeling of celebration in the air. One of my...

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Mela, one of the best Indian Restaurants in London

When the Mela restaurant invited me to dine at their restaurant on Shaftesbury Avenue I was delighted. From the outside it certainly doesn't look anything special but having read about the awards they have received and the many excellent reviews, I knew we were in for...

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Winchester Christmas Market

Winchester Christmas Market, which has been running since 2006, has established itself as one of the best in Europe. Inspired by traditional German markets, all the stalls are in delightful wooden chalets in the grounds of the city’s majestic Cathedral. If you...

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A Victorian Christmas Festival

For one weekend every year the historic docklands of Portsmouth are transformed into a scene straight out of a Dickensian novel! Singing street urchins, chimney sweeps and ladies of the night (hold on to your husbands girls) are among the many characters...

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England’s Historic City of Bath

As I was growing up my family's annual holiday was in Wiltshire in the south-west of England and each year we took the opportunity to visit the picturesque city of Bath in the neighbouring county of Somerset. I recently returned there and was delighted to find it just...

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Snowed in!

With Halloween and Bonfire Night having come and gone, autumn will soon be turning to winter. While I love the warm sunny weather of the summer there's nothing as invigorating as a walk in the autumn sunshine when the air is crisp and clear or a walk in the...

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The mystery of Stonehenge

I haven't seen Stonehenge, one of England's most famous and oldest landmarks, since I was a little girl. To be honest I really can't remember much about it, so I was very excited to be going again on Viator’s Independent Stonehenge and Bath Tour from London. Although...

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Celebrating International Day of the Girl in London

Last week Malala, a 14 year school girl in Pakistan, was shot in the head and neck by the Taliban while coming home from school because she had spoken out about the rights of girls to an education. It was a poignant reminder that the education, that so many of us take...

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Reflections of London

It's been a few weeks since I posted a 'Travel Snap' so this is long overdue! During a recent river cruise on a rainy day in London I took this image through the window as we passed the Houses of Parliament. These cruises are a great way to see London. Relax and take...

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The Lobster Pot

Reputedly the best restaurant in Bognor Regis, I found it lived up to the hype. Excellent food, in a lovely beachside location and great service.

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Teppanyaki culinary extravaganza in Camden

Last weekend I had a really wonderful night out at SEN NIN - Japanese Teppanyaki & Sushi Restaurant in Camden, London. For someone who loves Chinese, Thai, Indian, Italian, West African... in fact every type of food imaginable and who writes about cuisines from...

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Getting down and dirty with the ducks!

This week's travel snap is a shot I took while visiting Arundel's Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre in West Sussex, England. There are many beautiful birds there to photograph but one of my favourite images from the day was of this mallard, a very common duck in England. I...

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A typical English fete with a twist

Last summer I discovered the Weed and Wild Flower Festival in a little village in the Sussex countryside. A wonderful fantasy woodland had been recreated inside Bignor's ancient church. I can't imagine how long it took to build (or clear up!) but the effect was...

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Hand-crafted chocolates in the heart of the New Forest

In the New Forest in Hampshire, southern England, it's the norm to find ponies, cows and many a grookle with camera in hand, wandering across the roads and along village streets. In fact free roaming ponies, donkeys and cows are everywhere and are a real delight to...

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Put some music in your food

Interview with celebrity Carribean chef, Levi Roots. Levi Roots, creator of the popular ‘Reggae, Reggae Sauce’, is well known in England as a celebrity chef, musician and dragon slayer following his appearance on BBC’s Dragons Den. When I saw that he was speaking at...

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Zombies and protesters clash on Brighton seafront

Locals and tourists alike looked on in horror as Halloween arrived early to the normally easy-going and friendly seaside resort town of Brighton on the south coast of England this afternoon. Thousands of zombies appeared from nowhere, to the dismay of many a bemused...

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Explosive Eastern European rhythms

Last spring while wandering around with my camera, I stumbled across a crazy looking bunch of brass players with trumpets, saxophones, helicons and a clarinet or two entertaining passersby in Brighton. I stayed and listened for a while, enthralled by their energetic...

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