In pictures: Broadway Tower in the Cotswolds

Broadway Tower folly

One of the Cotswolds most iconic landmarks, the Broadway Tower is a seriously photogenic spot. The 65-foot tower’s position on top of an ancient beacon hill makes it the second highest point in the Cotswolds. On a clear day you can see across 16 counties from the Welsh Mountains in one direction to Buckinghamshire in the other. It was designed to look like a Saxon castle by landscape designer Capability Brown but is actually a Victorian folly built for the Earl of Coventry in 1798 as a token of love to his wife…. 

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Paris Louvre museum

Alternative things to do in Paris

Paris is full of world-famous buildings and attractions – the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, Sacré-Cœur and Montmartre. But what about on your second visit, or third or fourth? When you’ve seen the big names there’s still plenty more to see off the beaten track in the City of Light. Here’s my… 

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St Germain Paris walking tour

The streets of St Germain: A Paris walking tour

On Paris’ Left Bank, St-Germain-des-Prés is one of the city’s most famous neighbourhoods. Over the years it’s been a meeting place for intellectuals, centre of the post-war Jazz Age and a bohemian hub for artists and writers. And nowadays it’s a fashionable neighourhood full of designer boutiques and swanky restaurants. It’s also my Parisian second home,… 

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BBC tour in MediaCityUK

Backstage at the BBC: A studio tour at MediaCityUK, Manchester

It’s as British as tea bags, Marmite or the Queen – for almost 100 years the British Broadcasting Corporation has been creating radio and TV programmes that are seen and heard by millions across the world. And most of it was done from London. But in 2013, the corporation’s flagship Television Centre was sold off… 

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A weekend in Oxford

A Weekend in Oxford

Being a part-time traveller, I’m a big fan of the weekend escape, so in a new series I’ll be sharing my tips on how to spend 48 hours in some of my favourite cities. And the first is a place I called home for two years – Oxford. This city of dreaming spires, punts on… 

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British Airways Concorde plane

On board Concorde: A tour of an aviation legend

Engineering marvel, design icon, synonym for luxury – Concorde is the supersonic plane that made the world a smaller place. She was built as a joint project between Britain and France, and gets her name from the French word for harmony or union. Just 20 planes were built and 14 flew commercially, seven for British… 

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2015 in fireworks

Travel plans for 2015

The year is almost over, so after looking back at 2014 it’s time to dig out the guidebooks, get excited and start making travel plans for 2015. Normally by the start of January I have a couple of flights booked and trips organised for the coming year, but this year I’m trying to reign in… 

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Sailing out of Santorini

In pictures: The best of the rest of 2014

Only a fraction of the huge amount of photos I take each year ever make it onto the blog, so it’s become an annual end-of-year tradition for me to share some of the ‘best of the rest’ of the year’s photos (here are my choices from 2011, 2012 and 2013). These are some of my… 

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On the Luce in 2014

On the Luce in 2014: The Take 12 Trips round-up

Looking back on the last 12 months, 2014 has been a year of travel surprises. There have been a couple of trips I never imagined I’d be taking, some unexpected destinations, plus the odd travel disaster when things didn’t go quite to plan (oh Canada!). But altogether it’s been a great travelling year, with return… 

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Laptop and notepad

A Peek Behind the Scenes with the Blog Hop

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… 

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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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