Europe

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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San Fairie Ann Ceiling Decor

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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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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Square du Petit Sablon Brussels

How To Spend A Day In Brussels

Unlike some brash European capitals, Brussels is a rather modest city.  She doesn’t make her best bits obvious, she is much more subtle than that.  Both the  Grand Place and the Atomium should be on your list of course.  But once you’ve spent a couple of hours with those, here is how to spend…

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Musee du Marrakech Central Court

Eight Museums You Must Visit

Is there a better way to spend an afternoon than mooching around a museum, soaking up knowledge and getting your geek on?  Seeing as it was International Museum Day last week I wanted to share some of my favourite museums with you. It’s unusual for me to visit, well anywhere…

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Hagia Sophia

The Sights of Sultanahmet

Is there anywhere else in the world that is so very jam-packed full of major sites than Sultanahmet? Once known as Constantinople, Sultanahmet is a small neighbourhood located on the edge of the ever-expanding city of Istanbul. Our first stop was the Hagia Sophia.  Built in 537 the church survived…

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Topkapi Palace from Galata Tower

Crossing The Galata Bridge

Are you sure we can get through there, it doesn’t look like a road to me I lost count of how many times Phil asked me that question while we were walking around the Galata neighbourhood of Istanbul. Dating back to at least the third century,  Galata was called Pera by…

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Les Machines des L'ile, Elephant, Nantes via Very Hungry Explorer

You Need To Know About Nantes

Brace yourself, I’m about to make quite the sensational statement. My favourite City in France is no longer Paris. I know – shocking right 😉 Last year I spent a week in Nantes and I was blown away by a beautiful, friendly, stylish place that is jam packed full of…

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River Crouch Essex

Churchyard Instagram Mission

There is something incredibly exciting about finding an album of photographs that you had completely forgotten about – especially when they tell the story of an Instagram mission my Mum and I went on during my last trip to the UK. We took a drive on a lovely day and…

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Brussels City Museum

I’ve been into the Grand Place about a thousand times over the last three years, I’ve been amazed by the stunning architecture of guildhalls that surround you on all sides. I’ve snapped a gazillion pics and taken everyone who visited us in Brussels to see it, but this was the…

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Cat Seat Le Chat Touille

The Cat Cafe in Brussels

Phil and I adopted two cats when we first moved in together, they were brother and sister (not actually related, but had been together since they were born), the boy died about a year later, it broke my heart into thousands of pieces.  His sister lived for six more years, before…

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Bobby Jo's 1950's Diner Southend On Sea

Back At Bobby Jo’s Diner

I feel like I’ve been dragging my heels in publishing this and I suspect that’s because it is my final post from my UK trip.  It makes me realise just how long it is going to be before I’m back and I’m not sure I’m entirely comfortable with thinking about…

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Balloons London View

Viewing London From The Orbit

When I told Philip I was taking Mum to The Orbit, he didn’t have a clue what I was on about.  ‘The big squiggly sculpture at the Olympic Park’ I told him,  ‘you can go up to the top and look out over London’. I still don’t think he really…

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