Roubaix and the art of reinvention

If ever a town has mastered the art of reinvention it has to Roubaix on the outskirts of Lille in northern France. Where else can you dine at a garage or foundry, admire magnificent sculptures and paintings in an art deco swimming pool and sleep in a bubble or an...

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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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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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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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Uncovering the secrets of Bologna

When I first started researching 'Things to do in Bologna' I was very aware that I would only have a couple of days to explore this beautiful medieval city. One thing jumped out at me as something I simply had to see and photograph above all else. It was not any of...

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Sculptures in light and the art of making ice-cream

While staying at the Borgobianco Resort and Spa in Puglia last month, Laure, from the hotel, was kind enough to show me around the nearby town of Polignano a Mare - first stop - the workshop of Peppino Campanella. On Via Conversano, perched on the cliff tops...

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