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 – make sure to check the reviews, always pay through the AirBnB site and never by bank transfer, and watch out for the cleaning and admin fees…. 

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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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An artistic weekend in Honfleur, Normandy

An artistic weekend in Honfleur, Normandy

A picturesque harbour tightly packed with sailing boats. Rows of tall, thin, slate-fronted houses and stone salt stores. Waterside restaurants with colourful awnings and tables spilling out onto cobbled streets. Honfleur really is as pretty as a painting – and if you know much about art, then you might well recognise it from a few… 

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July 2016 On the Luce

July 2016 On the Luce

July’s always one of my favourite months of the year (and not just because it’s my birthday). It’s the long evenings, the BBQs, the hot sunny days (though they’ve been a bit sparse here in England). July’s been another hectic travel month with a return to Canada, one of my new favourite countries after last… 

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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… 

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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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