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Discovering Roman Sites in Paris

Unlike many southern French cities, Paris tends not to be associated with a Roman past. Some guidebooks barely mention their presence at all, or they do so only in passing. Not surprisingly then, of all the things to see and do in Paris the Roman sites rarely get a look in. Show More Summary

Scott’s View near St Boswells in the Scottish Borders

Scott’s View was a favourite viewing point of the Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott, author of Ivanhoe and Rob Roy. It’s located close to the village of St Boswells. It’s another of these places in the Scottish Borders which I’d been meaning to visit for ages. Show More Summary

Why You Should See War Horse When You Visit London

On my most recent trip to London, I decided to look for some cheap theatre tickets. A lot of the lower priced tickets, starting at £10 for a midweek evening performance, were for shows which didn’t receive the greatest of reviews. When...Show More Summary

Field of Light in Edinburgh’s St Andrew Square

The ‘Field of Light’ installation by Bruce Munro in St Andrew Square Edinburgh runs until 27 April 2014. It’s an optic fibre display using 9,500 glass spheres which light up and change colour. I visited the ‘Field of Light’ in late February. Show More Summary

The Axios River Delta near Alexandroupolis

On a recent visit to Greece, I was invited by my cousin George to spend sometime visiting the Axios river delta, an extensive semi-wild area which forms the border between Greece and Turkey in the North of Greece. Axios river delta where...Show More Summary

Review of Travelodge London Woolwich

I stayed at Travelodge London Woolwich in December 2013. It cost £118 for a family room for four nights, which worked out at under £30 a night. It took me around an hour to get from King’s Cross to Woolwich Arsenal station via the Circle Line and the Docklands Light Railway (DLR). Show More Summary

Lucy Jones ‘Looking Out, Looking In’ Exhibition at Kings Place London

I loved the ‘Looking Out, Looking In – Portraits and Landscapes‘ exhibition by the artist Lucy Jones which runs from 31 January to 21 March 2014 at Kings Place in the King’s Cross area of London.  The paintings are displayed on the gallery...Show More Summary

The Best Things to do in the UK with Kids

If you’re after a slightly more purse-friendly holiday this year, or simply just want something a little closer to home, there are loads of places you can go in the UK that certainly won’t disappoint when it comes to keeping the whole family happy. Show More Summary

The British Library Piazza in London

If the weather is good and you’re in the King’s Cross area of London, then the piazza of the British Library is a good place to spend some time outdoors. It’s very close to King’s Cross and St Pancras rail stations. There’s plenty of seating and a cafe in the piazza. Show More Summary

Under the Thames in the Woolwich Foot Tunnel

Once I decided to walk through the Woolwich Foot Tunnel my first challenge was to find the entrance. I’d seen a sign pointing to the tunnel, but after walking for five minutes I hadn’t found it. I asked a woman out walking her dog and...Show More Summary

Exploring the Royal Arsenal Woolwich in London

It’s rather incongruous that there’s a busy main road behind the Royal Arsenal Gatehouse that you have to cross to enter the Royal Arsenal Woolwich. The former armaments manufacture and explosives testing site is now a mix of historic buildings, many of which have been converted to residential use, and new-build blocks of flats. Show More Summary

Review of Blue Bay Beach Club in Gran Canaria

We stayed at the Blue Bay Beach Club, near San Agustin in Gran Canaria, for two nights in December 2013. It cost £142 for two guests on half board in a one bedroom sea-view apartment. The main reason that I choose this accommodationShow More Summary

Street Art in Hackney London

As there was no direct route by public transport from Bethnal Green to the Geffyre Museum in Hoxton, I decided to walk. I ended up slightly off track from my proposed route. After consulting the map at a cycle hire point in ColumbiaShow More Summary

Trip Planning: Short Breaks Versus Longer Holidays

Most people feel that they don’t have enough paid holidays from work. The legal minimum paid holiday entitlement for full-time workers in the UK is 5.6 weeks, which is 28 days. So how do you make the most of that annual leave? Do you...Show More Summary

Review of Travelodge London Bethnal Green

I stayed at the Travelodge London Bethnal Green for four nights in November 2013. I paid £128 i.e. £32 a night when I booked the room seven months in advance. The hotel is located less than a five-minute walk from Bethnal Green tube station. Show More Summary

Photo Tour of Falkland, Fife, Scotland

If you’re a fan of the Outlander TV series you’ll see the Scottish vililage of Falkland, although it’ll be called Dalneigh, featured in a forthcoming episode. The High Street in Falkland I had a wander around the village in the late afternoon before checking into the Bruce Inn. Show More Summary

The Woolwich Ferry in London

After checking in and taking some photos and videos of my room at the Travelodge London Woolwich, I headed down to the nearby south terminal of the Woolwich Ferry. The Woolwich Ferry crossing the River Thames This ferry carries passengers and vehicles across the River Thames free of charge.. Show More Summary

South Leith Parish Church Edinburgh

I stumbled across South Leith Parish Church on my way to the Raj on the Shore restaurant. The church was opposite a none too attractive shopping precinct. The incongruity continued with a block of flats at the other side of the church yard. Show More Summary

Ithaki Restaurant by Syntagma Square, Athens

During a recent visit to Greece, I gave our 26 year old sons a whistle-stop tour of central Athens. We started late in the morning  and visited Monastiraki, the Acropolis and various other locations such as Hadrian’s Arch and the Zappion building. Show More Summary

Why You Should Visit Bulgaria

When it comes to great value holidays, Bulgaria is still one of Europe’s best-kept secrets. For decades locals have descended on the pristine sandy beaches which stretch along its Black Sea coastline but foreign holidaymakers have only just begun to realise the country’s seaside charm. Show More Summary

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