Waterfront Toronto

Toronto waterfront

It’s a summery Wednesday morning in Ontario. From our boat we can see children splashing in the shallows and building sandcastles on the shore. A canoe rests on the water’s edge and a group of friends picnic under a shady tree. Families with ice creams follow the waterside path past a neat lined of sailboats. It’s a picture-perfect scene straight from a beach town or lakeshore resort. … 

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A journey through time on the Isle of Lewis

History is all around you on the Isle of Lewis, and no where more so than on the island’s west coast. The road along the coastline takes you though some stunning coastal scenery. But it’s also a journey through the different eras of the island’s 5000-year history. Within 16 miles from our base in Brue… 

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On the edge of the world at the Butt of Lewis

On the edge of the world at the Butt of Lewis // In pictures

At the far northern tip of the Isle of Lewis you’ll find the Butt of Lewis – the edge of the Outer Hebrides, and what feels like the edge of the world. Go north from here and your next stop is the Arctic, go west and it’s Newfoundland in Canada. On a sunny day when… 

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Visiting Madrid on a budget

Visiting Madrid on a budget

Barcelona has Gaudi, Granada has the Alhambra, Santiago has the pilgrims – but if you’re looking for a Spanish city break then Madrid has a bit of everything. My recent Surprise Trip was my first time in Madrid and I discovered a vibrant, energetic city with more than one side to it. You can soak… 

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Surprise Trip to Madrid

Destination unknown: A mystery weekend with Surprise Trips

What type of travel planner are you? Do you book your flights months in advance and meticulously research the best places to stay, eat and visit before leaving home? Or are you a last-minute booker who just wings it when you get there? But how about taking it to the extreme and going on a… 

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Borve Beach in the Outer Hebrides

9 reasons to love the Isles of Lewis and Harris

Scotland’s islands have to be one of Britain’s best-kept secrets. I’d heard tales of the stunning beaches, breathtaking landscapes and unique culture you can find in the far north, all without even having to leave the country. I just needed some sunshine to make it perfect – and the Hebridean islands of Lewis and Harris… 

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August 2016 On the Luce

August 2016 On the Luce

After a bit of bad travel luck last month, August didn’t start off too well either – July was a car accident and this month a virus wiped me out. I think the four trips plus a couple of intensive work projects in just over a month might’ve had something to do with it! I… 

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AirBnB favourites II: Berlin, Amsterdam, Annecy & Hebrides

AirBnB favourites II: Berlin, Amsterdam, Annecy & Hebrides

I’ve always liked the freedom and flexibility you get from renting a house or apartment when you travel. And over the last couple of years AirBnB has taken over the self-catering world – there aren’t many destinations not covered on the site. It has its critics though, and like anything you need to be careful… 

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Antiques Roadshow at Tewkesbury Abbey

A very British day out: Behind the scenes at the Antiques Roadshow

Anyone who’s ever lived in the UK will know the Antiques Roadshow. Its distinctive theme tune has been heralding Sunday nights across the country for the last 37 years. When you’re a kid it’s a depressing sign the weekend’s over and it’s back to school tomorrow. Then a few years later when you catch yourself… 

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The romance of Ronda, Andalucia, Spain

The romance of Ronda, Spain

I have to confess I’m not much of a romantic. I don’t do Valentine’s Day, my husband and I don’t have a song, and I’m not 100% sure of the date of our first kiss. I’ve been romantically uninspired by big-hitters like Paris, Venice and Rome. But somehow the Spanish mountain town of Ronda managed… 

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Reads on the Road 6: My travel book recommendations

Reads on the Road 6: My travel book recommendations

After years of faithful service, my trusty Kindle finally bit the dust last month (from overwork undoubtedly). I’ve already ordered a replacement, but it’s been a good excuse to read some ‘real’ books for a while, and I’ve uncovered some gems that’ve been lurking on my ‘to read’ shelves. This sixth selection of ‘Reads on… 

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