In pictures: The wreck of the Mary Rose

Model 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 sink off the coast of Portsmouth with 500 men on board. Attempts to salvage the wreck failed and she was left and lost for the next 300 years. … 

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A weekend in Victoria, British Columbia

A weekender’s guide to Victoria, British Columbia

Canada had topped my travel wishlist for years, so as we boarded our last flight the excitement started to grow. Down below I could see pine-covered islands dotted in shimmering water – we had made it to Vancouver Island. And I couldn’t think of a better place to start my adventures than Victoria, the island’s… 

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My fourth year On the Luce

My fourth year On the Luce

July is a month for celebrations – with a family wedding and a series of birthdays in the last few weeks the prosecco supply is in danger of running low. And among the milestones is a big blogging one as On the Luce reaches its fourth birthday. Back in 2011 I was setting up my… 

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Beaches in Goa

The world on a plate: Goan fish curry

When I’m not travelling, one of my favourite ways to bring a taste of travel to my life back home is by cooking dishes from around the world. After heading to Spain for tortilla, I was inspired by The Goa Experience to take a culinary journey to Goa. This coastal state on the west coast… 

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A weekend in Bath

A weekend in Bath

After starting off my series of weekend escape guides with Oxford and Cardiff, my next stop is the city of Bath. Famous for its Georgian terraces, thermal spa waters, cream teas and Jane Austen – you can’t say Bath isn’t on the UK tourist trail. Its quintessentially English charms pull in visitors from around the… 

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June 2015 On the Luce

June 2015 On the Luce

Summer is here and a heatwave is on its way (that’s a UK-style heatwave of 30°C temperatures – which anyone from a tropical country would probably call a cool day!). June is always a great month when we light up the first BBQ of the year and start planning lots of summer adventures. This year… 

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The travel clinic – train travel edition

The travel clinic: Train travel edition

Welcome to the fourth edition of my travel clinic, where I share the top tips and tricks I’ve picked up over the years to help make my travel life easier. After talking about accommodation, flights and photography, this time it’s all about travelling by train. Rail travel is probably my favourite way to travel, and I’ve… 

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Travel and anxiety

Travel and anxiety: Fighting the fear

A while back I came clean about my travel confessions, but there was one I missed off the list, and that’s my fear of flying. Despite hundreds of flights over the years I still can’t get through the plane doors without an attack of sweaty-palmed nervousness. But it’s not just flying, other phobias in my… 

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Yonderbound accommodation booking website

A new way to plan hotel stays – Yonderbound reviewed

I’ve always loved travel planning – deciding where to go, researching what to see, hunting down that top sunset spot or quirky bar. But there’s one bit of the planning process I’ve never been a fan of, and that’s booking hotels. There are so many hotels out there it’s hard to know where to start,… 

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Ffestiniog railway in North Wales

A journey through time on Wales’ Ffestiniog Railway

If you like a scenic train ride, then you’ll be in heaven in North Wales. The region has something like 14 different heritage railways – narrow-guage, steam, miniature and trams – and that’s before you get to the mainline trains, which have stunning views of their own as they run along the coastline. So while… 

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Porthmeirion, where Wales meets Italy

Portmeirion: Where Wales meets Italy

It was a picture straight out of an Italian holiday brochure. Clear blue sky, a shimmering Mediterranean sea, tropical flowers, pastel coloured buildings, tourists eating cones of gelato, and the lilting tones of… Welsh? Yes in reality this classic Italian scene was somewhere a lot closer to home. Welcome to the North Wales village of… 

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