Just yesterday I was exploring London in fabulous sunshine. Tourists and locals alike were out in force, strolling along the river banks of the Thames, children enjoying the huge sand pit near the Southbank Centre and Borough Market, where we grabbed a bite to eat for lunch, was heaving. I can seriously recommend the sausage baps from Mountain’s Boston Sausage but my all time favourite Borough Market treat is still the scallops from Shell Seekers.

In contrast today is gray and damp but that’s the English weather for you. To distract you from the rain here’s my latest round-up of news from around the web including a great competition to win a trip to Morocco and a flash sale from Craghoppers. 

Thank you from the Moon Bears from Halong Bay

Since my previous post about the plight of the bears in Halong Bay in Vietnam, I have had a fabulous update from Animals Asia – 13 bears have now been rescued and six bile farms in the Halong Bay area have been closed. Thanks to all of you who signed the petition showing your support or made a donation.

“Together, these rescued bears had spent over a hundred years in cages. A hundred years. Nothing but pain. No nourishing food. No space to stretch weak limbs. No friends to play with. Nowhere to climb. No view. No hope.” Jill Robinson MBE, Dr med vet hc, Hon LLD, Founder and CEO Animals Asia

These lucky 13 bears have been named Cinnamon, Angelica, Cinta, Shanti, Bao, Kujira, Gizmo, Sunny, Kane, Fluffy, Hatu, Bi Do and Lucky.

Sadly there are another 17 bears that still need to be rescued but Animals Asia have pledged not to forget them. If you would like to make a donation towards rescuing these bears you can do so on Animals Asia’s website.

Champagne region celebrates New UNESCO listing

Last week UNESCO announced the new additions to their list of World Heritage Sites for 2015 which includes 24 cultural sites, 2 natural, and 1 mixed, spanning every continent (apart from Antarctica).

Among the list were the hillsides, houses and wine cellars of Champagne, the ancient city of Susa in Iran (one of the world’s largest archaeological sites), Palermo in Sicily, the fortress island of Gunkanjima, off Nagasaki in southern Japan and the Fourth Bridge in Scotland.

You can check out the complete list here UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Congratulations to all those new sites listed who will no doubt see a boost to tourism as a result.


Disability Awareness Day

Did you know that today is Disability Awareness Day? I have to admit I didn’t but my friends at Responsible Travel gave me a heads up. They’ve recently published a great guide to accessible holidays. I regularly check out their site for advice and their guides on responsible holidays are invaluable to me. This is a great and much needed addition.

“Our new guide aims to inspire both disabled travellers and the tourism industry to be braver and to break down barriers to understanding accessibility needs. As a site we know we have a long way to go to offering truly inclusive tourism, but ahead of Disability Awareness Day we hope this guide is just a starting point for a process of positive change.” Justin Francis, managing director of Responsible Travel


Recipe: Making the perfect paella

I love reading other travel blogs and just wish I had time to read more. Here’s one of my favourite posts from last week in which Paula and Gordon from the Contented Traveller try their hand at making one of Valencia’s most famous dishes. It did make me chuckle and there’s some really great tips on cooking the perfect paella so do check it out if you’ve ever fancied giving it a go yourself. Here’s the link to their post Graduating from the Paella Academy in Valencia, Spain.

Archives: Roubaix and the art of reinvention

A few years ago I made my first visit to Lille and the neighbouring town of Roubaix. I had a fabulous time and while I am not a great lover of museums and art galleries (I enjoy them in moderation but no more) I really fell for the unique La Piscine in Roubaix, a former art deco swimming now a stunning museum and art gallery. Read all about it in my post Roubaix and the art of reinvention.

(plus free delivery before midnight on Monday 13th July)

Craghoppers, the outdoor clothing and accessories specialists, have launched their summer sale that runs for the next few weeks. So the lovely Nosilife sarong that I recently reviewed is now only £18 (down from £30). Check out all their great deals while stocks last and if you order before midnight on Monday 13th July you’ll get free delivery too.

Visit their site, Craghoppers.com, today.

Competition: Win a Morocco escape
with Rickshaw Travel & National Geographic

National Geographic Traveller have launched their first ever Reader Awards, offering you the opportunity to vote for your favourites in the travel industry, from top destinations to tour operators. Vote for your top picks and you could be in with a chance of winning one of 27 awesome prizes. The top prize is a 7 night break for 2 from Rickshaw Travel who specialise is offering enriching, experiential travel. Find out more here, Reader Awards.

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