Covent Garden’s Got Talent: A Street Performer Snapshot

With his legs crossed and seemingly floating in mid air, a street performer painted in silver, wearing a top hat remains upright and motionless in Covent Garden’s bustling piazza. Astonished faces and curious onlookers gather around him to stare, trying to uncover the secret to this mind boggling display of levitation. A few yards away […]

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Question Time: Overrated Travel Experience?

Have you ever been on holiday somewhere and returned home feeing completely underwhelmed, an overrated travel experience? The bloggersphere, social media, travel magazines etc. never stop bombarding us with ‘must see’ attractions and destinations. Great Expectations  What a terribly sad and somewhat psycho story that was! 😆Hopefully none of us will react that badly to […]

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It’s Disappointing, but it’s your Issue

Sometimes you struggle to recognise that when someone lets you down, it’s not necessarily about you. It’s not ‘because’ of you or anything you did or didn’t/should or shouldn’t have done. Very often, it’s about them – their baggage, their mentality and their maturity level. In effect, they have let themselves down, you just happened […]

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22 Rumours about your Morocco Holiday: Setting the Record Straight!

People who have had a Morocco holiday seem to have quite strong opinions about the place, I guess that’s because it’s such a distinct country and culturally rich experience (certainly not a predictable and run of the mill holiday destination). Should you believe all the hype about Morocco? Here are a few of my ‘before […]

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Ait Benhaddou: The fortified city and Hollywood of Morocco

On our way to the Sahara desert we stopped off at Morocco’s well known High Atlas Mountain Hollywood territory, the Red Citadel of Morocco, Citadel of Ait Benhaddou in the town of Ouarzazate. Caravans of camels used to used to stop here whilst heading to Marrakech from the Sahara. It’s also a very popular stand […]

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Berber Life and the High Atlas Mountains: tea, sheep, scary roads and fossil sellers

Berber life is an escape from the modern, a contrast to the cities, the luxury of some of natures finest scenery and a life of resourcefulness. “Berber people  live simple lives and make the most of the resources they have”. In the big cities like Casablanca and Marrakech however, “people are always running, rushing around, […]

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Maison Tiskiwin: MusĂŠe Bert Flint Museum, Morocco

Maison Tiskiwin: A must-see museum for the culturally curious Quaint and cosy, ‘Maison Tiskiwin’ (also known as the Tiskiwin) boasts an impressive collection of Moroccan art work, and artefacts from anthropologist Bert Flint’s art collection; Flint founded the museum in 1996 paying homage to 50 years of compulsive research into Moroccan culture, particularly the more […]

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Bahai Palace, Royal Beauty in Marrakech

Yes, Bahai Palace is one of the most commonly talked about tourist attractions in Marrakech and it seems like absolutely everyone goes there in droves, but I actually found Bahai Palace to be quite impressive and worth the whistle stop visit. Everywhere you look there are ornate arches, exquisite ceilings, handsome doors and colourful mosaics, […]

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Out and About Morocco #2: Argan Oil, pottery and Moroccan Wine

Moroccan women are empowering themselves by crushing nuts…to make Argan oil! When you visit Morocco, you’ll probably end up buying a bottle or argan oil – you’ll see it for sale pretty much everywhere like a kind of Moroccan trademark souvenir. Hand made items and the opportunity to see local people making and producing them […]

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Out and about Marrakech: The Souks, Headaches from Haggling and a Pharmacy Appointment!

You will never be underwhelmed by Marrakech, it lives up to it’s reputation and has you in a trance the moment you arrive. Marrakesh is the centre point of Moroccan tourism, bursting with colour, movement, smells and sounds to make you forget the world you left behind when you stepped of the plane. I enjoyed […]

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Never A Dull Moment: Entering The Fourth Age

The notion of a fourth age, what an interesting and very relevant topic!! I’m probably not the only one noticing the not so subtle increase in self service machines and reduction in humanly manned check out tills in shops/banks/post offices these days, or the general creeping momentum around all things ‘smart’ and the ushering in […]

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Crocodiles and Tortoises: La Vanille Nature Park

What a fabulous place, a tropical hideaway. Even if you’re not interested in animals, you’ll enjoy the rainforest ambience, the walking trails through the lush fog of trees, and the music from various exotic bird calls. La Vanille Nature Park in Mauritius is home to some very old tortoises and various other animals, including farm […]

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Out and About in Mauritius #4

Next, a quick visit to one of the best sugar factories I’ve see on my travels so far, (well actually it wasn’t quick, it  was a pretty long visit given the size of the factory and outside grounds) an interesting tour at the L’Aventure du Sucre (Sugar Adventure), in Pamplemousse Mauritius. You’ll learn some of the history behind […]

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Books on the Beach: Cycling from India to Europe for Love?

What a beautifully written story, a true story. The author of ‘The Amazing Story of the Man who Travelled to India for Love’ uses such rich and vivid description that I felt like ‘I was there’ with the characters right from the opening chapter, absorbing the sounds, their sights, tastes, thoughts and feelings throughout. The […]

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Because

Just sharing a few of tonight’s random thoughts. Writing it down and reading it back really got me thinking and re-affirming a few things I want to do more. You persist Because it’s worth it You invest Because the harvest will be plentiful You try Because otherwise you’ll never know ‘if’ You don’t feel guilty […]

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Money

It comes, it goes Sometimes it flows Why we don’t abolish it, nobody knows It fuels emotions and creates many woes Invest it wisely and sometimes it grows Share if you care, share if you can Think about your future and start making a plan Money changes lives, creates competition, stresses and strife Money has […]

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Nikon Coolpix A900 Review

Following a decision to downsize from my old DSLR camera, and weeks of reading reviews, watching youtube unboxing vlogs and looking longingly (and somewhat cluelessly) through department store camera displays, I ended up bagging the Nikon Coolpix A900. I wanted something easy to use with a powerful zoom that looks like a modest everyday holiday maker […]

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Autumn

As with earthly seasons, life also has it’s seasons. We reach points in life where we instinctively know that something needs to change.  It’s time for this, that or the other. Autumn is probably the season that gives me this feeling the most, particularly September; maybe it’s because of the drastic mind shift from looking […]

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Until

When I stop and think of how much of our lives we spend ‘waiting’ ‘anticipating’ and ‘enduring’ until….. it hit home just how much weight we carry because of this. The scales are tipped heavily toward the ‘until’ rather than the ‘now’. Until Friday Until payday Until that holiday Until Christmas Until the sales Until […]

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Cotswolds Quick Stop: Castle Combe

Castle Combe has been labeled the prettiest village in England, it’s a typically picturesque Cotswolds village in Wiltshire. Walking around this place really did feel like walking through the set of a film, with it’s cute post office, beautiful stream, and Hansel & Gretel style cottages. The village gained it’s wealth from the wool trade […]

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Where to go in Wales: Two Nights in Tenby

Tenby (also known as ‘little town of fishes’) is small medieval seaside resort in Pembrokeshire that  just oozes candy coloured charm alongside rustic castle walls around the main town. This was the favourite stay throughout my summer Welsh galavants, and I now see precisely why people flock there for the summer holidays. Blue sea, white […]

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Newton House: The Downtown Abbey of Wales! Llandeilo Carmarthenshire

Another Welsh must see is the grand and historic Newton House. Today Newton House and grounds are used for TV, exhibitions and weddings as well as offering scenic walks and a museum piece for admiration. The deer create a dreamy scene from the back of the house and the gardens  and farmland seem to stretch […]

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Carreg Cennen Castle Carmarthenshire

When in Wales, you never get tired of castles, so here’s another magnificent beauty, Carreg Cennen Castle, in Carmarthenshire near the River Cennen.  Building began around the fourth century, yet it’s ruins are incredibly well preserved, and majestic. It’s a steep walk, great for the legs and the views are worth every step. “One of the […]

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A Bookworm’s Paradise: Hay on Wye Brecknockshire Wales

Honestly, I think this town should be named “Bookworm Village” since I’ve never been anywhere with so many book stores and outdoor book shelves with rock bottom priced books, all in such a small cluster. Even the place where we stopped for lunch had books shelves filled with books that customers could take for free!! […]

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Snapshots of Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, West Wales

Two nights by the Aberystwyth seaside gave me a well needed dose of clean welsh sea air and that lovely aroma of seaweed. Aberystwyth is a university seaside town and popular holiday destination, framed by the ruins of an impressive sea front castle, built in the 1200s over a twelve year period. Aberystwyth is a town […]

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A Sunday Well Spent……From Regent Street to Regents Park

London’s Regent Street was blocked off for traffic today and had all sorts of interesting things going on from having a go at beating the fastest tennis slam speed, Cuban musicians, fitness sessions and plenty more. Needless to say I was very quickly distracted from window shopping and decided to go for a wander. We […]

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Chasing Waterfalls, a Turkish Delight!

“Don’t go chasing waterfalls” they said…. Well that’s precisely what I did do, I chased four waterfalls whilst in Antalya, and they were well worth the effort. Earths natural elements never cease to astound me with their beauty, so I probably won’t stop chasing waterfalls. I managed to check off four Turkish waterfalls in one […]

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Manavgat Market

The Manavgat market in Turkey is biggest on a Monday (and apparently the biggest market in the mediterranean), sprawling wide with designer labeled clothes, bags, and a few souvenir stalls thrown in between. If you ‘really really’ love your brands you’ll probably love this Monday market. Nike, Adidas etc T Shirts for five euros are […]

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To go or not to go? Cuba’s Varadero: Touristy but Nice!

Is Cuba’s Varadero worth checking out? A few nights in Cuba’s Varadero, to lap up those beautiful beaches isn’t such a bad idea, though I can see why many people detest Varadero – it portrays very little of the history, character and unique beauty of the ‘real Cuba’, so make sure you explore other parts […]

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Doing the Locomotive in San Juan de Los Remedios

San Juan de Los Remedios is one of the oldest colonial towns in Cuba. Just mind yourself when you’re crossing the wonderfully busy roads….. The sugar mills are interesting, but the sight of those locomotive trains was show stopping; they’re just huge, mighty and seeped in history – beautiful! The roar of the steam and […]

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Books on the Beach: An Accidental Tourist, A Caribbean Misadventure

I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘An Accidental Tourist’ by Jason Smart, it was like really good reality TV on paper. Jason records his travel escapades, highs and lows, and points of interest in this easy to read book. The book brought back memories of some of my own caribbean travels, making for some interesting comparisons. Jason’s […]

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