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Top 5 Things to Do in Armenia

One of the first Christian countries in the world, Armenia, is a small country in the Southern Caucasus that despite its tragic history overcame all the difficulties and now is an independent republic. Perhaps, you haven’t heard about Armenia a lot and it is not the first country that will come to mind as a […]

Photo Tour of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMAC) in Nice, France

When I searched for free things to do in Nice, one of the attractions which appeared was the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMAC). However, when I went to the museum’s website to check the opening hours, it stated that there was a 10 Euro charge for an individual ticket valid for 48 hours, […]

Art Inspired by Travel: Rose Garden in Santander, Spain

Much of my art is inspired by travel. I say inspired, because I’m not attempting to recreate reality. I loved the rose garden in Matalenas Park in Santander in northern Spain. The combination of  the roses and trees with the sea, strip of beach and mountains in the background was beautiful. My interpretation was created […]

Review of Kalpna Vegetarian Indian Restaurant Edinburgh

The Kalpna Vegetarian Indian Restaurant, in St Patrick’s Square Edinburgh, offers a daily lunch buffet for £8 per adult between 12 – 2pm. Although I’m not a vegetarian, I don’t eat much meat, so I thought I’d give the Kalpna a try. Exterior of the Kalpna Vegetarian Indian Restaurant The Kalpna is attractive inside with […]

Review of Morley Cheek’s in Chorlton, Manchester

Morley Cheek’s is located in Barlow Moor Road, in the Chorlton district of Manchester. We sat near at the rear, where it was lighter under the glass roof. There is a patio area at the back, but we didn’t want to eat so close to the smoking area. The menu is mainly aimed at meat […]

Art Inspired by Travel: St Ninian’s Beach in the Shetland Islands, Scotland

St Ninian’s Isle is joined the Shetland mainland by a tombolo, a sand bar, which has sea on both sides. It’s one of the most beautiful beaches that I’ve ever visited. I created a collage inspired by this photo, using felt, metallic crepe paper, mirror card and watercolours. This piece started life as a painting, […]

Photo Tour of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Marseille

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Marseille is located around 4 miles south of the city centre. It’s quite close to the Museum of Decorative Arts, so it makes sense to visit both museums on the same day. The 5 Euro entry fee to each museum is waived if you buy a Marseille City Pass. We […]

Visiting Britain’s Winter Destinations

Don’t dismiss Britain as a Winter destination. There’s till lots to do and see. As long as you pack the right clothes, you can still enjoy the great outdoors. Plus, there are plenty of cosy pubs, if you are looking for some indoor entertainment. You can find some flight and accommodation bargains from November to […]

Review of Shamoli Restaurant in Royal Mile Edinburgh

We had lunch at the Shamoli restaurant in Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. It’s somewhere that I’ve been meaning to try for years, after seeing a person with a board advertising the restaurant at the crossroads between the Royal Mile and North Bridge. The Shamoli is located above the Rabbie Burns bistro and whisky bar. An Indian […]

Photo Tour of Colline du Chateau in Nice, France

I was keen to visit Colline du Chateau (Castle Hill) when we were in Nice. It came up in a search for free things to do in Nice and the views over the city were highly praised. I attempted to go there one evening. but by the time I found the path, it was only […]

Art Inspired by Travel: Silver Sands, Aberdour, Scotland

I’ve recently started creating art. Much of my art is inspired by travel. I say inspired because I’m not attempting to recreate reality. I visited Sliver Sands Beach in Aberdour on the Fife coast in Scotland one evening in late Summer. I was surprised that there were still so many poppies in bloom. The sun […]

The Pineapple Folly near Airth, Scotland

The Pineapple is a folly. It was built in 1761 by the 4th Earl of Dunmore as a gift to his wife, from which she could view the estate’s walled garden. It’s located up a pot-holed access road off the A905 to the west of the village of Airth. It was gifted to the National Trust by […]

Pickering’s Gin Made in the Summerhall Distillery Edinburgh

We visited Summerhall with our son Gary during the Edinburgh Open Doors weekend in late September. Until 2011,  Summerhall was home to the Royal Dick Veterinary School. I have family connections with the Vet School;  my brother studied there and my husband worked there. I already knew that Summerhall has been transformed into a creative […]

Marseille’s Beautiful Beaches

I wasn’t expecting the beaches in the French city of Marseille to be so beautiful. In fact the main reason that we went there was that our son Gary wanted to see the Bowl skate park, located at Plage Vieille Chapelle, which was featured in some skateboarding games he’d played when he was younger. As often […]

Cambuskenneth Abbey in Stirling, Scotland

Cambuskenneth Abbey is located by the River Forth in the outskirts of Stirling. If you visit by car, you need to head in the Alloa direction on the A907 and look our for the turn off to Cambuskenneth. However, it’s’ possible to visit Cambuskenneth Abbey on foot from Stirling city centre. If you head down […]

Discovering Picardy in Northern France

The region of Picardy lies in the north of France. It stretches from the Channel coastline, on the estuary of the River Somme and west to the  border with southern Belgium. Its location, a one hour drive from Calais, makes it an ideal location for a short break from the UK. The new Esprit de […]

The Garden Museum London

I like to visit different places every time I go to London. Prior to my recent trip, I did some research. I thought that the Garden Museum in Lambeth sounded interesting. As it’s a private museum, there’s an adult admission fee of £5.00 for the permanent collection, £7.50 when there’s a temporary exhibition. I requested complimentary press entry, […]

Review of the Leopard Asian Buffet Restaurant in Nice, France

When we came out of the Nice Ville railway station, after our train journey from Marseille, we spotted the Leopard Asian Buffet Restaurant across the road. We decided that we’d eat there that evening, as we didn’t fancy wandering around trying to find another restaurant. After three unsuccessful attempts to eat at a buffet restaurant […]

Review of Premier Inn Edinbugh South Queensferry

I stayed at the Premier Inn Edinburgh South Queensferry on a Thursday night in early May 2015.  I paid £35 on the non-refundable advance booking rate, booked on the Premier Inn website. I’d stayed at the hotel a couple of years ago, when I thought that it was looking a little tired, but I read […]

Visiting Notre Dame de la Garde in Marseille on the Tourist Train

There are two trip options on the Marseille tourist train, a visit to Notre Dame de Garde or a tour around the Old Town. One ride on one of the routes is included in the price of a Marseille City Pass which we’d purchased. As we felt that we could easily walk around the Old Town, […]

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