A Peek Behind the Scenes with the Blog Hop

Laptop and notepad

I don’t normally blog about blogging, but I’m always interested in getting a glimpse behind the scenes into bloggers’ real lives – is it all glamour and excitement, or are they trying to write a post whilst cooking dinner and trying to get the washing on too? I was nominated by the lovely Clare from Need Another Holiday to share some insights into my writing process as part of the ‘blog hop’. Blogging is very solitary a lot of the time, so it’s been fascinating to read other blogger’s answers to see what they’re working on and what inspired them to start blogging. … 

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Cardiff Castle, Wales

In pictures: Cardiff Castle

In the heart of Cardiff, the city’s castle brings together 2000 years of history in one place. Over the years it’s been a Roman fort, Norman Castle, Victorian Gothic mansion and a Second World War refuge. The first building here was a Roman fort, long-destroyed by the time the Normans arrived in 1181. They built… 

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The Daleks at the Doctor Who Experience

On the Doctor Who trail in Cardiff Bay

“All of time and space; everywhere and anywhere; every star that ever was. Where do you want to start?” When you think about it, the Doctor is the ultimate traveller. He can visit any place, planet or time period imaginable in just an instant – it certainly beats human travel with its economy air travel… 

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Flight tips and advice

The travel clinic: Flights edition

Welcome to the second edition of my travel clinic, where I share advice I’ve picked up over years of planning trips. These are the tips and tricks that I use to keep costs down and make my travel life easier. The first edition was all about accommodation, but this time we’re talking flights. I have… 

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November On the Luce

Take 12 Trips… November on the Luce (and a giveaway)

I’m on a mission to ‘Take 12 Trips’ in 2014, with at least one trip each month, whether that’s a local day out or international trip. I’ve almost reached the finish line now after a fantastic year of travel. I’ve sailed through the fjords and the Mediterranean, shopped the souks in Morocco, learnt to cook… 

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Alice in Wonderland Christmas

Christmas Alice in Wonderland-style at Chatsworth House

Each year Chatsworth House, the lavish home of the Dukes of Devonshire in the Derbyshire Dales, gets a major Christmas makeover. The lower floors of the house are transformed into a festive wonderland, with a different theme every year. It’s been Pantomime Villains and Dames and The Chronicles of Narnia in the past, but this… 

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Douglas's Barn in the Peak District

Douglas’s Barn in the Peak District, reviewed

November might not be the most obvious time for an English country break, but I love the combination of autumn leaves, misty mornings and evenings by the fire. Despite over 30 years living in the UK there are still big chunks of the country I haven’t gotten around to visiting yet, and the Peak District… 

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Giant lemons in Sorrento

Exploring Sorrento: Sirens and sunsets

In Greek mythology, Sorrento was home to the sirens, who lured passing sailors onto the rocks with their beautiful songs. And it still pulls in the visitors today – though today it’s the panoramic views across the Bay of Naples, sunny weather, fantastic food and laid-back atmosphere that do the luring. I first visited Sorrento… 

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Herculaneum ruins near Naples, Italy

The ghost city of Herculaneum

Below an unassuming town south of Naples lies a buried Roman city – but not the one you’re probably thinking of. Herculaneum was covered by the same eruption that destroyed its more famous neighbour Pompeii in 79 AD. But where Pompeii was quickly buried by a cloud of ash, Herculaneum escaped the first part of the… 

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Praiano on the Amalfi Coast, Italy

Peaceful in Praiano: Off-season on the Amalfi Coast

In a country packed with beautiful landscapes, it says something that the Amalfi Coast is ranked as one of Italy’s most scenic stretches of coastline. This string of pastel-coloured villages are cut into a steep hillside, with jagged mountains behind them and the deep blue Mediterranean Sea in front. Their famous names – Amalfi, Positano,… 

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Poppies at the Tower of London

In pictures: Poppies at the Tower of London

As you approach the Tower of London, the moat is a sea of red, with tightly packed flowers as far as the eye can see. It’s an awe-inspiring sight, and even more so when you realise that every single bloom equates to a life lost in the First World War. It’s all part of an… 

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