April 2016 On the Luce

April 2016 On the Luce

So May has arrived and with it comes the first of two Bank Holiday weekends here in the UK. Normally we’d be digging out the BBQs, but instead it’s been the umbrellas and thermals. Snow in April? Sort it out please English weather! I might have spent a bit more time inside by the radiator than I’d hope at this time of year, but I did brave the showers for UK city breaks to Edinburgh and Cardiff as well as taking part in an exciting new photography project in the Hampshire countryside. So what went on On the Luce in April?… 

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The Real Mary King's Close, Edinburgh

Underground Edinburgh: The lost streets of Mary King’s Close

Above ground the streets of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile are a mass of tourists, souvenir shops, pubs and busking bagpipers. A walk across the Old Town is a journey through history, from Edinburgh Castle at one end to the Palace of Holyroodhouse at the other. But not all of Edinburgh’s history is on the surface. Deep below… 

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Alternative things to do in London

Alternative things to do in London

According to Samuel Johnson: “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” And he’s got a point – it’d take you a long time to work your way through all the attractions London has to offer. But if you’ve already visited… 

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One Aldwych London

A luxury London stay at One Aldwych, reviewed

When I visit London it’s usually a whirlwind of meetings and catch ups, and wherever I stay is just a bed to pass out into. But on my last trip I took the opportunity to stay over on a Sunday night and transform my usual hectic London trip into a relaxing mini-holiday. And I couldn’t… 

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A weekend in York

A weekend in York

I suppose you could say York was my first ‘solo’ trip – it was the first I went away without my parents on a school trip aged 10. Since then I’ve been back a couple of times and have found different things to love with each visit. With influences from the Romans, Vikings, Normans, Tudors… 

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March 2016 On the Luce

March 2016 On the Luce

Happy Easter everyone, hope you had a great long weekend and are feeling suitably stuffed with chocolate (I’ve been going for the ‘eat it quickly so it won’t hang around tempting you’ approach, always a winner). So it’s still not feeling too much like spring here in England, which might explain why I’ve fallen victim… 

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10 Fabulous French weekend break ideas – On the Luce travel blog

10 fabulous French weekends

I’ve spent more time in France than anywhere else in the world – from childhood holidays in Normandy to house-sitting in Paris and a winter skiing in the Alps. And one of the things I love most about the country is its diversity. Whatever kind of trip you fancy you can find it in France… 

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Eden Project, Cornwall

The Eden Project: Cornwall’s Garden of Eden

Holidaying in Britain in the spring is always going to mean taking your chances with the weather, but there’s one place in Cornwall where you’re guaranteed it’ll never be cold or raining – the Eden Project. This 35-acre patch of land has been transformed from a barren china clay quarry to an oasis of greenery…. 

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The Sea Loft in Charlestown Cornwall reviewed

The Sea Loft in Cornwall, reviewed

From Bude in the north to Porthcurno in the south, Cornwall has some of the UK’s most stunning coastal scenery. But you can’t really call it a hidden gem – the motorway queues in the school summer holidays are as legendary as its delicious pasties and cream teas. Which makes the off-season a great time… 

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Tintagel Castle in Cornwall

Tintagel Castle: King Arthur’s Cornwall

Along the wild northern coast of Cornwall, Tintagel Castle is where history meets legend – combining the ruins of a Dark Age castle with the mythical stories of King Arthur. All of which comes with a dramatic setting on one of the UK’s most spectacular stretches of coastline. Legend has it that this was where… 

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Uniquely Swiss – On the Luce travel blog

Uniquely Swiss

Everyone knows Switzerland as the country of punctuality, penknives, cuckoo clocks, chocolate, fondues and mountains. But there’s a lot more to it than that, including some weird and wonderful things you can’t find anywhere else in the world. To help celebrate the 75th anniversary of Ricola Original this year, Swiss sweet-makers Ricola asked me to… 

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