A taste of cruising on board Celebrity Eclipse

Cocktails on board Celebrity Eclipse

Cruising has shaken off the old stereotypes and is attracting a whole new audience – and I’m one of them. I loved my Eastern Mediterranean cruise last summer, but if you’re curious about cruising it can feel like a bit of a risk to sign up for a week-long trip if you’ve never been on a cruise before. So Celebrity Cruises have come up with the great idea of a mini taster cruise, so you can test the waters (excuse the pun) before a full-length trip…. 

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The Cottage Loaf in Wedmore in Somerset

The Cottage Loaf in Somerset, reviewed

I have a bit of an obsession with UK self-catering cottage trips – in fact I’m about to head off on my fourth one this year. But it’s not something I’d ever think of doing at the last-minute. The whole logistics of searching through different booking sites and ringing up owners put me off. So… 

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Wells cathedral in Somerset

A wander around Wells: England’s smallest city

Surrounded by the tourist hotspots of Bath to the north, Dorset to the east and Devon to the west, the English country of Somerset can get a bit overlooked. But it has more than its share of historic market towns, rolling hills, windswept moors and pretty coastline – just with a lot less visitors than… 

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April on the Luce

April 2015 On the Luce

April always seems to be the calm before the storm for me – the month when I catch up on work and start planning my summer travels. And this year’s was no different. I took advantage of the sunny early April days to explore places near home and catch up with friends before things get… 

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Stained glass window at the Scultpure Trail

In pictures: Art among the trees in the Forest of Dean

As you follow winding paths through Gloucestershire’s Forest of Dean, don’t be too surprised if you come across a huge wooden chair or a deer spun from iron wire. They’re all part of the four-mile Sculpture Trail. Set up in 1986, it was designed to bring art into nature, with different artists commissioned to produce… 

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europe-by-train

Europe by train: Five great one-week rail trip routes

Train travel is one of the best ways to see Europe – the continent’s fairly compact so it’s easy to get around, and you can sit back and soak up the stunning views with a picnic. But if you’re planning a rail trip, most of the suggested itineraries seem to be geared up for Interailers… 

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My six ages of travel

My six ages of travel

As a blogger you’re always on the lookout for something new, but a new experience doesn’t necessarily have to involve a new destination. A change in travel style can make a visit to the same place feel completely different. Look at one of my favourite places – New York. On my first visit I stayed… 

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A weekend in Cardiff, Wales

A weekend in Cardiff

After starting off my new series of weekend escape guides with Oxford, the next city to be featured is the Welsh capital, Cardiff. Although it’s not far from home for me, I hadn’t been to Cardiff for years but really enjoyed rediscovering the city. Europe’s youngest capital has got a great mix of history and… 

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On the slopes in La Clusaz, France

A mountain road trip from Annecy

One of the great things about Annecy is its outdoors lifestyle – you’ve got cycling, hiking, sailing and swimming right on your doorstep. But you’re not just limited to the summer months either, the town is also surrounded by mountains so during the winter you can ski, snowboard and snowshoe your way around the slopes…. 

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Lake Annecy, France

In pictures: Taking to the water on Lake Annecy

The heart of the French town of Annecy might be its pretty old town, but its lungs are the lake. It’s here that local residents and visitors get outside and get active – running and cycling on lakeside paths, sailing and kayaking on the water or swimming in it. Or if that’s all too energetic you… 

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Annecy in France

Castles and canals: What to see and do in Annecy

It turns out that I’m a fickle traveller – less than a year after I decided Strasbourg was my new favourite French spot, I’ve already defected and lost my heart to Annecy. It must be something about the canals as both places are set around a network of waterways. But as well as having a… 

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