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A weekend in York
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A weekend in York

I suppose you could say York was my first ‘solo’ trip – it was the first I went away without my parents on a school trip aged 10. Since then I’ve been back a couple of times and have…

10 Fabulous French weekend break ideas – On the Luce travel blog
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10 fabulous French weekends

I’ve spent more time in France than anywhere else in the world – from childhood holidays in Normandy to house-sitting in Paris and a winter skiing in the Alps. And one of the things I love most about the…

What to see and do in Lausanne, Switzerland
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Lakes and lookouts: What to see and do in Lausanne

Set on the northern shore of Lac Léman (aka Lake Geneva) in French-speaking Switzerland, Lausanne is a city of two halves. Uphill is a old town of historic churches and narrow shuttered townhouses, then downhill is a lakefront resort…

What to pack for a snowy winter city break – On the Luce travel blog
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What to pack for a snowy winter city break

Over the years I’ve become a dab hand at travelling with just a carry-on bag. Unless I’m heading off long-haul or long-term, I can easily manage a city break or a summer holiday week without having to check in…

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

The travel clinic: Skiing edition
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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…

Alternative destinations in England
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Exploring England: Six alternative destinations

There’s a whole list of must-see English destinations that pull in visitors from around the world – London, Cambridge, Stratford-upon-Avon, Manchester, Liverpool, York. But there’s a lot more to the country than the famous spots, and if you loved…

What to see and do in Fira, Santorini
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Domes and donkeys: What to see and do in Fira, Santorini

Santorini is Greece’s postcard island. The place where those photos of bougainvillea-strewn terraces, blue-doored houses and white-domed churches come to life. The island’s main town is Fira – or Thira – and if you visit Santorini, you’re almost guaranteed…

Visiting Amsterdam on a budget
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Visiting Amsterdam on a budget

The city of 1500 bridges, endless canals and even more bikes, Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most popular cities. Along with its beautiful gabled houses and flower-decked watersides, there’s an enormous amount to see and do, whether your interests…

A weekend in Glasgow
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A weekend in Glasgow

It’s might sometimes be overshadowed by its famous neighbour Edinburgh, but where Edinburgh is tourist central Glasgow has a grittier, more creative edge. This former industrial powerhouse has transformed itself into a city of culture. UNESCO City of Music,…

The travel clinic: Wine travel edition
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The travel clinic: Wine travel edition

Welcome to the fifth edition of my travel clinic, where I share the tips and tricks I’ve picked up over the years to help make your travel life easier. This time I’m bringing two of my passions together with…