Question Time: Overrated Travel Experiences?

Have you ever been on holiday somewhere and returned home feeing completely underwhelmed? The bloggersphere, social media, travel magazines etc. never stop bombarding us with ‘must see’ attractions and destinations – so, you used all your savvy packing tips, booked your tickets and off you went. The thing is, when you got there you felt […]

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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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Berber People and the High Atlas Mountains

One guide expressed that in Casablanca and Marrakech, “people are always running, rushing around, they have everything the need but they’re never happy, they’re always wanting more” namely money. By contrast “Berber people live simple lives and make the most of the resources they have”. When we visited a Moroccan Berber home, the man of […]

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Maison Tiskiwin: Musée Bert Flint Museum, Morocco

Another Moroccan tourist highlight is the quaint ‘Maison Tiskiwin’ which houses an impressive collection of Moroccan art work, and artefacts from Bert Flint’s art collection. There are strong Berber/African/Saharan themes running through the collection and the riad style house is built around small decorative courtyard.  

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Bahai Palace, Marrakech

Yes, it’s one of the most commonly talked about tourist attractions in Marrakech and seems like absolutely everyone goes there, but I thought Bahai Palace was impressive and worth the whistle stop visit. Everywhere you look there are ornate arches, exquisite ceilings, handsome doors and colourful mosaics, just lovely! It’s a fairly new build, completed […]

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Have Bags, Will Travel by D.G. Kaye

Being completely incapable of travelling light myself, the title and colourful cover page of this book got my attention immediately, I couldn‚Äôt wait to hear the author reaffirm that I was not alone in this!! I often find myself looking at other people’s suitcases, wondering how on earth they could have packed anything useful in […]

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Never A Dull Moment: Entering The Fourth Age

Well 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 of a robotic era. We’ve […]

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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‚ÄôAventure 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 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 book begins with some beautiful childhood memoirs from a little boy named PK, […]

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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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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, and they were well worth the effort. Earths natural elements never cease to astound me with their beauty. Karpuzkaldiran Waterfall Three Turkish waterfalls in one day, first stop was the¬†Karpuzkaldiran Waterfall, not too far from Lara beach and an iconic Antalya tourist […]

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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. You will likely end up dreaming about Michael Kors […]

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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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A Few Irritating Things

‘You’ve Been Framed’ When people say “I’m not gonna lie….” (hmmm, do you normally lie!). A¬†selfish person. Wind and rain at the same time (unless I’m indoors). When people eat with their mouth open. When people start crunching crisps before they close their mouth, so it echoes loudly across the room. Acoustics are really not […]

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Today I Don’t Feel Like Doing Anything: Lazy Days!

Sing along now….. There are days when you just want to do absolutely nothing of any real use. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this. Don’t feel guilty. Sometimes you just need to listen to your inner self and give yourself a lazy break (without the hassle of planning, booking and lugging yourself on holiday, […]

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