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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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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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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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...

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Going solo in Rome

Rome is a great city to explore whether with others or own your own. I felt perfectly safe as a woman alone in Rome. Here are my solo travel tips from my experience of travelling to Rome alone.

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The authentic taste of Rome!

From aphrodisiac salami to 50-year-old balsamic vinegar, exploring the Campo de Fiori market, nearby bakery and delis - what better way to spend a morning in Rome! A food tour of Rome After two days of overcast, rainy weather I woke up to a beautiful, sunny Saturday...

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Pairing Italian Wine and Food

When Vino Roma invited me as their guest to one of their wine tours in Rome I thought it would be rude to say no and promptly almost bite their hand of saying... Yes please! I opted for their wine and cheese lunch as I was fascinated to learn about pairing food and...

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On a mission to discover Rome’s food and wine!

Less than two week's ago I received the nod from Expedia that I would be going to Rome as one of their guinea pigs for a new blogging initiative. Three bloggers would be looking at Rome from three different angles - Rachel, art and culture, Laura, shopping and...

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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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The 2CV, Paris’ equivalent of the Venetian gondola?

While exploring Paris last weekend, just as we caught our first site of the Sacre Coeur, a group of 2CVs drove past. It was a great opportunity to photograph this iconic symbol of France in front of one of Paris' most famous landmarks. My first thoughts were that it...

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When I’m travelling solo, especially to a new city, I use Viator and Get Your Guide to book tours and excursions, in particular, food walking tours or to visit somewhere tricky to get to by public transport.

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