The magic of Tallinn in the snow

The magic of Tallinn in the snow

A thick layer of snow crunched underfoot and tiny snowflakes swirled above our heads around a skyline filled with Gothic church towers, turrets and stone fortresses. Arriving in Tallinn was like walking into a wintry fairytale. Europe’s best preserved medieval city is a beauty at any time of year, but in the short, cold days of winter, the snow adds an extra touch of magic. In summer you run the gauntlet of stag parties drawn in by cheap beer and budget flights. But in winter the narrow cobbled streets that take you past grand merchants houses, medieval walls and hidden courtyards are almost deserted…. 

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January 2016 On the Luce monthly review

January 2016 On the Luce

Happy New Year – hope 2016 has got off to a good start for you! Normally January is one of my quietest travel months when I’m well into hibernation mode and you can’t drag me far from the fire. But this year I’ve gone for a different approach and squeezed three trips into the first… 

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A weekend in Canterbury, Kent – On the Luce travel blog

A weekend in Canterbury

As a long-time resident of south-west England, the south-east of the country is still a bit of a mystery to me. Even when I lived nearby in London I’d usually head west for my weekends. So I thought it was time to check out what I’d missed, starting with the city of Canterbury in Kent…. 

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The travel clinic: Skiing edition

The travel clinic: Skiing edition

Welcome to the sixth edition of my travel clinic, where I share tips and tricks I’ve picked up over the years to help make your travel life easier. This time it’s all about skiing. I was a bit of late starter on the slopes and didn’t go on my first ski holiday until about 10… 

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10 lessons from five years of freelancing

10 lessons from five years of freelancing

This week sees an important landmark for me – it’s five years since I gave up my job and went freelance. Before that I’d been working in London for almost 10 years. I had a job and a company I liked, but couldn’t shake off the bored and restless feeling, so decided to see if… 

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Seville’s Plaza de España in pictures

In pictures: Seville’s Plaza de España

In a city overflowing with spectacular architecture, Seville’s Plaza de España takes things to another level. A grand sweeping semi-circle of buildings surrounds a canal with arching bridges and a central fountain. But that’s not all, up close you can see that everything from the benches to the balconies is covered in intricately painted tiles…. 

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Winter in Seville, Spain

Winter in Seville

Streets lined with orange trees, tapas bars hung with rows of hams, plazas full of horse drawn carriages, flamenco shows and even a bull ring – Seville’s got everything you’d expect from Spain, all wrapped up in one beautiful package. And it is a stunner, with a mix of architectural influences from the Romans, Christians… 

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Travel plans for 2016

Travel plans for 2016

It’s the start of a new year, when a combination of the post-Christmas comedown and an empty new diary can only mean one thing – a serious case of wanderlust. This time last year I was planning on embracing spontaneity and seeing where I ended up. But I already have a couple of trips finalised… 

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Santorini sunset

In pictures: The best of the rest of 2015

It’s become an annual tradition to take a dip into the photo archives and see what gems I can uncover at the end of each year. I take a ridiculous amount of photos and they can’t all make it into a blog post, so this is a chance to share the ‘best of the rest’,… 

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Waterside tavern in Crete, Greece

Win flights to Greece

It’s no secret that my trip to the Greek islands of Santorini and Ios was one of my travel highlights of the past year. The country has a special combination of fascinating history, stunning scenery, great food and bags of sunshine that makes it irresistible. I’m already planning my next Greek escape – and with… 

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On the Luce in 2015

On the Luce in 2015

It’s the time of year to pour a mulled wine, settle down by the fire and look back at the last year’s travels – right before you start planning the next! 2015 has been a hectic year On the Luce, and it feels like I spent it zipping from place to place, never quite having… 

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