Places

STAYING AT CLUB VAL D ANFA HOTEL, CASABLANCA

Situated just off the busy seafront (a two-minute walk away, but you can’t hear any noise (except for the ocean of course)), the Club Val D’Anfa Hotel is gorgeous. The ‘bell boys’ were in traditional costume and very helpfully took our luggage and saw us to our room.  Room 239 to…

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GETTING LOST IN FES EL BALI

Fes el Bali is the Medina in Fes, it dates back to the year 859 and there are no cars allowed inside the city walls – it is also the only Medina that isn’t flat – it’s shaped like a bowl – so you need to be prepared for some…

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DINNER AT RICK’S CAFE, CASABLANCA

I was rather disappointed to learn that the film Casablanca wasn’t actually filmed in Morocco at all, but rather at a film studio in Hollywood. So I think it is rather brilliant that Kathy Kriger has created her very own Rick’s Cafe in the Medina of Casablanca. The actual Rick’s…

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BLOGGING BIRTHDAY AND AN ODE TO ALASKA… PART TWO

To continue with my 3rd Blogging Birthday celebrations AND if my scheduling has gone to plan, to coincide with Christmas Day – here are some more of my favourite pictures from my trip to Alaska (the reason for starting my blog). I hope you like the pictures – if you…

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BLOGGING BIRTHDAY AND AN ODE TO ALASKA… PART ONE!

Today, my blog turns three years old – which is rather exciting! I first started it as a travel blog to keep a diary of my trip to Alaska, my blogging style has really changed since then, so I shan’t link back to those first posts… but to celebrate/reminisce I…

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Casablanca Beach View

WAKING UP IN CASABLANCA

Between 10pm Monday and 1pm Wednesday this week we drove 900 KM. I wasn’t even the one doing the driving and I’m exhausted! Because of that I’ve had all my posts scheduled in advance (and I’m very pleased to see that looks like it’s all working properly – hooray) Last…

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A TRIP TO OOSTENDE, BELGIUM

You’re in Belgium, it’s Sunday the sun is shining, it’s lovely and warm – what are you going to do?  Drive to the coast of course!   There were some sculptures on the seafront, which I like, in a strange crushed crisp packet kind of way…   The beach was…

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Brugge

A TRIP TO BRUGGE, BELGIUM

I have heard nothing but good things about Brugge (or Bruges if you’re reading from the UK), so was really looking forward to checking it out; it didn’t disappoint. There is so much to do there; for our first visit, we just had a wander around the beautiful streets..    …

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Osbroekpark, Aalst

A WALK IN THE WOODS – OSBROEKPARK, AALST

We had a whole day out planned in Ghent, but then it started raining and it rained and rained and rained and rained so we decided to head back to Brussels and find a museum to explore instead. Then about 15 minutes outside of Brussels the sun came out  –…

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Flower Carpet, Grand Place, Brussels 2012

BRUSSELS FLOWER CARPET

Every two years in August, the Grand Place in Brussels is transformed into a flower carpet. The BBC has a great video about it here We had to battle our way through the crowds – it is a very popular attraction – but was definitely worth it. The Grand Place is…

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STAYING AT HOTEL ZANZIBAR, HASTINGS

Our initial plan was to stay somewhere cheap and cheerful for a couple of nights for a little break by the sea. We decided on Hastings as a destination and while researching hotels came across the Hotel Zanzibar – it didn’t fall into the ‘Cheap and Cheerful’ category, but it…

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Sunset Southend Seafront

Watching The Sunset On Southend Seafront

I often get some rather strange looks for carrying my camera everywhere with me.  But it’s sods law – if I don’t have a camera, there will be something beautiful to take pictures of and I’ll miss it. Visiting my brother and sister-in-law, we decided to stroll along Southend Seafront…

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