Places

Driving Jebel Hafeet

Driving Jebel Hafeet

Think of the United Arab Emirates and chances are the first thing that comes to mind is miles and miles of sand dunes blistering under a blazing sun.  Now, we certainly do have plenty of desert out here, but there are also quite a few mountains as well.  Something a…

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Inside Canterbury Cathedral St Stephen Martyr Chapel

Inside Canterbury Cathedral

Whether you want to participate in the religious services, or, like me, want to marvel at the architecture and soak-up all that history, you won’t be disappointed by a trip inside Canterbury Cathedral. And those ceilings, my goodness, I could just stare at those incredible ceilings for hours – in…

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Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

Whether it’s Washington Irving’s 1820 story or the 1999 movie with Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci, the chances are Sleepy Hollow cemetery is ringing a faint bell in the back of your mind. While on my first trip out of Manhattan and up into New York state, I was so…

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Afternoon Tea at San Fairie Ann, Southend

There is something delightfully mismatched and quirky about taking afternoon tea at San Fairie Ann. The stunningly painted ceiling and the beautiful dresses hanging from it, the authentically vintage furniture, the cups and saucers that don’t quite go together, but compliment each other perfectly anyway.   There really are the…

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Fjäderholmarna Stockholm Sweden

Boat Trip to Fjäderholmarna

With the sun shining and the wind blowing through my hair I really couldn’t think of a better way to start the day than on a boat trip to Fjäderholmarna. The ‘Good Morning Stockholm’ tour set sail just across the way from the Opera House at a wonderfully respectable 8.30am….

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Lunch at Al Maha, Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

It’s not often you get to drive through a Desert Conservation Reserve on your way to lunch.  But that’s exactly what you have to do to reach the Al Diwaan restaurant. The first national park in the UAE, the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDRC) covers a whopping 225 square kilometres and is…

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The Island of Corregidor

An hour on a boat from Manila, bouncing up and down past the fishermen and their huge nets, waving good morning to men floating by in their little boats,  you’ll find the Island of Corregidor. Before I arrived in the Philippines I had never heard of this beautiful place; steeped…

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Discovering Communist Sofia

“My Grandfather always used to say that Communist Sofia was awful – we had no freedom – things are much better now and my other Grandfather would tell me that life was much better when we had communism in Sofia, everyone had a job” Martin gathered us around at the…

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African Penguins Simons Town

Penguins of Simon’s Town

Before we get to the penguins of Simon’s Town, allow me to tell you a little story… The first time I went speed dating a rather handsome chap sat opposite me and asked me a question: puppies or penguins? Now, I’m certain he thought that was a completely innocent question…

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Katherine Love Lindfield Victorian House Museum Johannesburg

Travel Back in Time at Lindfield House, Johannesburg

The first thing Katherine said to me when I arrived at Lindfield House was “where did you park your car?  You can’t leave your car outside here, it’s dangerous” After reassuring her that I’d arrived in an Uber, I took a second to appreciate the strangeness of the situation. Katherine…

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Driving Across Sri Lanka

Driving Across Sri Lanka

We spent 7 hours driving across Sri Lanka, stopping and starting, overtaking at a speed there is no way my mother would approve of, desperately wishing that I’d worn a sports bra.  As we passed through an incredibly varied and beautiful landscape, which had cows wandering across the road, bright colourful…

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