August 2015 On the Luce

August 2015 On the Luce

Happy bank holiday weekend to everyone in the UK – hope you have some exciting travel plans for the long weekend. I’m staying close to home this time – with the traditional bank holiday barbecue in torrential rain planned for tomorrow – as August and September are shaping up to be busy travel months. This month started off with trips close to home and ended up with an unexpected but very exciting trip to Iceland, a country I’d been wanting to revisit for a long time. So what else went on On the Luce in August?… 

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Copenhagen on a budget

Visiting Copenhagen on a budget

Colourful waterside townhouses, boats on the canals, Michelin-starred restaurants and miniature mermaids – Copenhagen is famous for a lot of things, but being a budget destination is not one of them. Scandinavia has some of the world’s highest prices, but Denmark’s are actually not quite as scary as those you find in Norway or Sweden…. 

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Absalon Hotel in Copenhagen

The Absalon Hotel in Copenhagen, Reviewed

Although I do a lot of apartment stays, sometimes it’s nice to just check into a hotel and let someone else do everything for you. By the time I got to Copenhagen I was in serious need of relaxation, and the Absalon Hotel certainly delivered it. One of Copenhagen’s oldest family-owned hotels, the Absalon was… 

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It's a fresh new world

Food and art: Exploring two sides of Vancouver

‘World’s Most Liveable City’, ‘Top Destination in Canada’ – Vancouver really knows how to win awards, and it’s easy to see why. It’s got big-city facilities with a friendly, relaxed feel. If you love the outdoors you have snow-covered slopes to one side and the ocean to the other. Or if you’re more into the… 

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Canal life in Christianshavn, Copenhagen

In pictures: Canal life in Christianshavn, Copenhagen

Narrow, gabled waterfront houses, a stream of boats along the canal, cobbled streets and cosy cafés – for a minute I thought I’d been transported to Amsterdam. But this is Christianshavn, Copenhagen’s canalside district. It was founded in the 17th century by Christian VI (yes him again, he was a busy boy) as part of… 

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copenhagen-moments

Boats, bikes and beers: Copenhagen moments

I confess I’m a travel planner. Normally I’ll buy a guidebook, read blog posts and come up with a shortlist of what to see before heading to a new destination. But my Copenhagen trip crept up on me and by the time I boarded the plane I’d not planned any further than booking a hotel…. 

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Vancouver Island, BC Canada

From the tip to the top: A Vancouver Island road trip

Looking at a map of Canada, Vancouver Island isn’t much more than a dot off the coast of British Columbia. But this is Canadian scale – where everything is bigger than it looks. In reality it’s the largest Pacific Island east of New Zealand, stretching 290 miles from north to south. After exploring the city… 

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July 2015 On the Luce

July 2015 On the Luce

Somehow July seems to have totally flown by and dragged at the same time! There have been lots of long days at my desk as it’s been my busiest work month for a long time – good for the holiday fund, but not so good for the wanderlust. The big work projects are all done… 

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South Tyrol

South Tyrol Picnic Kit Giveaway

I’ve never been what you’d call a proper hiker – I don’t own any clothes made of Gore Tex and bought my hiking boots 10 years ago (and they still have a good few years wear left). But walking is still my favourite way to get to know a new place, whether that’s getting lost… 

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Magdalen Chpater Hotel in Exeter

The Magdalen Chapter in Exeter, Reviewed

Back in 1996, the Devon city of Exeter became my new home when I went to study geography at Exeter University. It was just far enough away from home, and just big enough to have lots to do without being too overwhelming for this country girl. Add in a lovely city centre campus with lots… 

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Model of the Mary Rose

In pictures: The wreck of the Mary Rose

Britain’s oldest warship, the Mary Rose was built for Henry VIII when he came to the throne in 1509 to show off his riches and military might. But despite its huge size and power it only lasted 35 years until it was damaged in a skirmish with the French fleet, and the king watched it… 

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