A weekend in Rye, East Sussex

A weekend in Rye, East Sussex

A hilltop town with a picturesque jumble of cobbled streets and historic buildings, Rye in East Sussex could be a British costume drama set come to life. It’s got the charm and beauty to match England’s most popular spots, but somehow it’s escaped a huge influx of visitors. So you’ll find unique shops, historic pubs and local restaurants instead of chain stores and tacky tourist attractions. … 

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Travel-inspired cocktails

Drink the world: Five cocktails from my travels

Much as I love a glass of wine, there’s something about a cocktail that makes me feel summery. Maybe it’s the bright colours, the special glasses, the clink of ice or the decorative slices of fruit (or mini umbrella if you’re really going for it)? To celebrate summer finally arriving in the UK, drinks site… 

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My fifth year On the Luce

My fifth year On the Luce

July means only one thing – birthday month! Mine was last week and this week it’s the blog’s turn. It’s five years and 400 posts since On the Luce was launched back in 2011, and it’s been quite an adventure along the way. As ever I want to say a massive thank you to everyone… 

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Tenerife

Cruising the Canaries: La Palma, Tenerife and Lanzarote

Volcanoes, black sand beaches and winter sun holidays – that was pretty much the extent of my knowledge of the Canary Islands. But as part of my cruise on board P&O Cruises’ ship Britannia, I got the chance to visit three of the islands and found out that there’s a lot more to them. The… 

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Cruise life: A day on board P&O Britannia

Cruise life: A day on board P&O Cruises’ Britannia

Before I went on my first cruise it wasn’t hard to find out about the ship, the destinations and practical things like what to pack. But one question that was a lot harder to answer was what’s it actually like on a cruise? What do you do on a typical day? If you’re a first-time… 

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June 2016 On the Luce

June 2016 On the Luce

After a steady few months, June’s been a bit of a mileage-heavy whirlwind with two trips running back-to-back – first Andalusia and then a cruise around Madeira and the Canary Islands. Technically it meant I visited Spain, Portugal, Spain and then Portugal again all in less than two weeks. It also meant packing two suitcases… 

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The #ExploreCanada road trip

Travel future: The Explore Canada road trip

After falling in love with Canada last year, I’m heading back tomorrow to explore some more, and this time I’ll be road-tripping through the heart of the country. It’s all part of the #ExploreCanada road trip – a blogger RV relay across Canada. Travel with Kat did the first leg in Vancouver Island and Quirky… 

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The Old Rectory, Hastings

The Old Rectory in Hastings, reviewed

For a proper traditional British seaside break, you really have to stay in a bed and breakfast. B&Bs are a British seaside institution, but after a few years of apartment rentals and hotel stays it’s been a while since I stayed in one. But just as towns like Hastings are reinventing the classic seaside resort,… 

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A Sussex seaside break in Hastings

A Sussex seaside break in Hastings

A hundred years ago, a British holiday meant a week by the seaside. The country’s coastline was scattered with seaside resorts with their piers, donkey rides and dance halls. As time went on, cheap flights and package holidays meant the rest of the world suddenly opened up and the old favourites got left behind. But… 

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May 2016 On the Luce

May 2016 On the Luce

May has whizzed by in a flood of words as I’ve been buried deep in copywriting projects. I’ve spent the last few weeks being transported to places like Reykjavik, Dubrovnik and Monte Carlo – on paper at least. All that writing has meant posting’s been a bit slower on the blog recently but I have… 

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Vintgar Gorge, Slovenia

In pictures: The green waters of Slovenia’s Vintgar Gorge

A few miles outside of Bled is one of the greenest places I’ve ever seen – the Vintgar Gorge. In between the steep rocky walls of the gorge flows the bright aqua Radovna River. In some stretches it bubbles and swirls its way through rapids and mini waterfalls, and in others it’s so languid you… 

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