10 Reasons why you need to go to Iceland

  Having just got back from a week in Iceland, on what could quite possibly be the best holiday I have ever been on, I thought I would share my 10 reasons why you need to go to Iceland.  Because you do. Flight Time From the UK it is only a three hour flight and there are flights from Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted and Manchester on a daily basis.   There

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Top Tips for planning a trip to Iceland

Everyone seems to have just got back from Iceland recently, or are planning a trip.   Mr B and I currently fall into the latter group and so for the past few months I have been reading up on what to do / where to go / what we need.   All of it useful info that I thought might be worth sharing should you ever find yourself thinking “what

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The Night Before Christmas at Mottisfont.

When I recently wrote about all the things happening around Hampshire in National Trust houses this month, one grabbed my attention more than any other.   The Night Before Christmas is one of my favourite poems, and Mottisfont is one of my favourite National Trust properties. Win Win and a great excuse for a morning out with my BFF and our cameras Mottisfont The Night Before Christmas 24 November –

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Experience a sparkling and colourful Christmas at National Trust places in and around Hampshire

  If you’re looking for somewhere special to escape the high street crowds this Christmas, consider a visit to a National Trust place. Our historic houses in and around Hampshire feature sparkling decorations and Christmas trees, fresh winter greenery and festive trails. Outside, you’ll discover beautiful garden landscapes filled with winter colour and scent. Classic Christmas stories are brought to life at Mottisfont and Uppark, and there’s a festive murder

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My top 7 travel wonders #ad

Ad — Feature I had a conversation with Jonnie this week about his trip to Switzerland and how he feels he has “done the area” he travelled to.  He went up mountains, got on cable cars, went inside glaciers, did all the chocolate factories and other touristy places and came away thinking he could well and truly tick Interlaken off his list.     I joked how that is absolutely

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Festive fun at National Trust places in Surrey this Christmas

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas”.  Isn’t it?  I normally don’t feel Christmassy until at least the middle of December but for some reason I am feeling really festive  already. So if you’re already ahead of the game and all organised how about looking for somewhere special to sneak off to for the day.   Or if you have still to do your shopping but want to escape

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Reflections on Barbados — Part 3

  The final part of our trip to Barbados is a list of the places we went to on days 11 to 16, the last portion of our holiday.  If you want to catch up on the other days you can find there here:  Barbados Part 1 and Barbados Part 2 Day Eleven We had promised ourselves a day in Bridgetown.  So us girls could shop, and so the boys

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Reflections on Barbados — Part 2

When I wrote part one of our trip to Barbados (Reflections on Barbados — part 1)  I had no intention of splitting it into three posts.  I thought I would just list all 16 days on one post but having reached 1000 words and 10 photos after just five days I thought it best to split it.   So here is the second part of our Barbados trip, days 6

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Reflections on Barbados — Part 1

It won’t have escaped the attention of the eagle eyed amongst you that we have just spent a couple of weeks in Barbados.   It seemed like a good idea therefore put all the info in one place on where we went, where we ate and some useful tips and information in case you might be considering heading over there any time soon.   Except that would make for a

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The Feathers Hotel in Woodstock

The Feathers Hotel is a 21 room hotel in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, a sleep little village with a bustling high street full of independent shops and pubs.   The hotel itself sits in the heart of the village (hence the lack of a car park but there is plenty of on street parking around) and is  steeped in history: The front reception area and study was a Sanatorium in the late 18th

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A Menorcan Sojourn — Day seven

I didn’t even know that Bloody Island existed when we arrived in Menorca.   But then we saw an advert for the Yellow Catamaran boat company and that they visited the island a few times a week so it seemed like the perfect way to spend our last morning on the island.   The boat leaves from Mahon at 10.30, with tickets on sale from the kiosk where you board (recommend you

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A Menorcan Sojourn — Day Six

Binibeca was high on my list of places to visit during our week in Menorca, and had also featured heavily on the “Places to see” lists of people I had asked to give me their recommendations. A whole fisherman’s village, again built on to top of a cliff beside the sea, Binibeca Vell is all about the white washed walls, terracotta floors, narrow cobbled streets and dark painted doors.   It

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