7 things to do in Windsor

You can’t write a “7 things to do in Windsor” post and NOT mention Windsor Castle, but after that what else is there to do in this historic Berkshire town? Windsor Castle Of course you don’t have to visit the Castle of course (I am ashamed to say I have visited Windsor half a dozen times and have never done a tour of the castle.  That is because I only live

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Avebury Stones

It is hard to believe that the Avebury Stones date back to pre-historic times when you are standing up close to them.  Hard to imagine just what they could tell you if they could speak.  Or that you can get so close to them, that they aren’t fenced off in order to preserve them. The Avebury Stones and the Henge monument are particularly unusual, not just because it’s the largest

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A Christmas trip to The Vyne

In that weird period between Christmas and New Year we decided to do a Christmas trip to The Vyne.  I had been the week before  to see Christmas at the Vyne decorated with its Charles Dickens theme, but Lady Barrow (Bruce’s mum) had never been.   Lady B and Jim had driven past the signs for it many many times but somehow never managed to stop and visit.  So with

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The Brighton i360

Yes, British Airways i360 is a 162m observation tower on the seafront in Brighton.  Yes it holds 175 people and yes it does indeed weigh a total of 100 tons. But beyond the figures the Brighton i360 is a must see attraction if you are on the south coast of England.  It’s a venue that hosts events such as “Yoga in the Sky” and allows you enjoy a glass of

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Off the beaten path best holiday destinations you haven’t considered

Exploring new places is something everyone should do in their lifetime. You can learn so much from visiting a new city, country, or continent, not just about the culture, history, or people of that place, but also about yourself.   Travelling is rewarding in so many ways. You can gain so much life experience from opening yourself up to new adventures, new foods, new languages, new friends, and new challenges.

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White Horse Hotel, Dorking — Review

The White Horse in Dorking sits right in the heart of this picturesque market town, nestled in the Surrey Hills.   The drive there was gorgeous, along pretty country lanes, through typically English villages and then down what has been described as one of the best high streets in Britain. As the great Simon Calder once said, if you want to travel you should really start in your own back

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The garden at Mottisfont

I have been to Mottisfont at least half a dozen times now and yet I have only been in the house once.  Why?  Well because no matter the season the gardens here are stunning, and I say that as somebody who’s own garden is an expanse of grass and weeds.   These top two pics are of the kitchen garden, just outside the walled garden and they are just coming

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Cotswold House Hotel — Review

We were invited as guests of the hotel for the purpose of this review   The Cotswold House Hotel and Spa is one of those hidden gem hotels.  You know the ones.  The ones you want to talk about but at the same time you don’t want too many people to know about it because you want to keep it a secret.   It also has one of the most

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Travelling around Malta by bus

As country’s go, Malta has to be one of the smallest.   Wikipedia tells us that it is only 122 sq miles and has a population of less than half a million (though to be fair Malta as a country is made up of three islands that include Gozo and Comino but I am just talking about the main island here).   So travelling around Malta by bus on holiday

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Alton Towers Stargazing Pods — Review

This weekend, to mark “Look Up at the Sky Day” Alton Towers Resort’s opened their brand new Stargazing Pods for the summer season and we were invited to see them for ourselves.  Sadly I couldn’t make it but Caity and Dan were all too happy to travel up to Derbyshire and try them out for us. There are 102 of the these pods, all offering comfortable accommodation with direct access

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Gringotts Wizarding Bank

You would think that after visiting over a dozen times Ellie would be over visiting Warner Bros Studio Tour, but nope. Actually nothing could be further from the truth.   And you might think that having been so many times there would be nothing new to see.  Not so.  Especially this year as Gringott’s Wizarding Bank opens in its biggest expansion.   Lined by towering marble pillars, the grand banking

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Top tips if you are visiting the east coast of Iceland

Thinking of visiting Iceland?  These are my top tips if you are visiting the east coast of Iceland anytime soon This is my second post detailing our stay in Iceland.  Part one is here: West coast of Iceland, in and around Husafell and covers days one to three.  Day four and we left Husafell with heavy hearts and headed to our next hotel, on the east coast of Iceland for

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