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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Dear Morocco

I’d been meaning to drop by for a while now, sorry I took so long. It was quite something to be engulfed in your sweet spicy air and terracotta backdrop. I must say though, your medina in Marrakech was a bit scary as I span around in a whirlwind of music, animals, prayer chants, snake […]

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Rumour Has it: Morocco

Should you believe all the hype about Morocco? People who have been to Morocco 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). Here are a few of my ‘before and […]

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Out And About Morocco #3

More snapshots from Morocco to inspire a trip or bring back some familiar memories; whichever is the case, I hope you enjoy! For years I had felt like every other person I spoke to had been to Morocco apart from me – yet I’d been saying I wanted to go there for many many years. […]

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The Hollywood of Morocco: Ait Benhaddou

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. Some of the many films made on this North African set include: Game of Thrones Asterix Jesus of Nazareth Lawrence of Arabia […]

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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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Out and About Morocco #2

Hand made items and the opportunity to see local people making and producing them is always a real privilege to witness when visiting another country. Moroccan Argan oil takes a lot of nimble fingers and repetitive manual labour to extract for our use; seeing the process from start to finish was very interesting, whilst the […]

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Out and About Morocco

More Morocco memories – including the endless servings of food at a riad in Marrakech. After around the fourth course I asked one of our lovely waiters ‘if that was it’ – are we done – he said yes. Two minutes later he’s back with more dishes and plates filled with food, and fresh knives […]

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Comptoir Darna: Marrakech

From the moment you get past security, the interior of this restaurant is intense and dramatic everywhere you look, with red and black being the main colours of choice. Comptoir Darna will have you feeling like you’re on a film set, it’s like being in a dark gothic, dreamy, candle lit Moroccan cave, with belly […]

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Out and about in Marrakech

I enjoyed walking through the souks, especially when we went through a section that was all lamps and lanterns beautifully lit up and glowing gold on every turn (I thought I was filming it but my camera wasn’t on record – so annoying). The alleyways and narrow turns seem to go on and on, and […]

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Move Over Marrakech: We’re Off to Essaouira

There’s a lot of hype around Marrakech, it’s usually the first place you think of when talk turns to Morocco and everyone, their friend, neighbour, grandad and great aunt seems to have been or are planning to go there these days. Marrakech has surged in the ranks of popular tourist destinations, particularly in the UK […]

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Dear Mauritius

Dear Mauritius I had anticipated meeting you for a very long time, your beaches, cuisine and tropical beauty. I am truly grateful to have had that pleasure – you were just as beautiful as your pictures, no filters needed, you did not disappoint. I was mesmerised by your ebony forests, those trees take so long […]

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A Dreamy Beach: Ile Aux Cerfs

Imagine feeling like you’re on a deserted island, wading through shallow waters that sweep round a huge curve before leading into the most dazzling sapphire blue ocean….that’s what you’ll experience if you take a boat trip to Ile Aux Cerfs in Mauritius, it was truly stunning, with a beautiful contrast between the two waters. This […]

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Out and About in Mauritius #5

A few more snapshots. Mont Choisy Beach A more low key version of Flic en Flac beach. Views from the highest point on the island… Just around the corner – a craft and specialist cashmere outlet.    

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Fancy a Cuppa? Lets Talk About Mauritius

I’m not going to bore you with all the predictable information that you get in the guide books – nope. I’ll bore you with some of my random holiday chatter instead – over a cuppa’ of course, so lets get the kettle on. Shattered Yep, that’s how I felt when I finally landed in Mauritius […]

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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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Ebony Forest Reserve

In Mauritius, the south of the island hosts the protected ebony rainforest, which also happens to be in the Chamarel region, it’s incredible to think that almost all the island used to be covered with ebony trees, before the Dutch exploited it in the 17th century. It was a cloudy, rainy day, misty in places, […]

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Snapshots of Port Louis

Shopping, markets, museums, presidential buildings and places of worship –  you’ll find it all in Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius, situated in the north of the island. All around, there seemed to be new buildings being constructed and a general sense that there is a lot of visible investment and regeneration underway. The fruit […]

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Coin De Mire Attitude Hotel Mauritius

The Coin De Mire Attitude is  a boutique hotel set in garden style plot, just a stones throw away from a beach that offers views of Coin De Mire Island. On arrival you’ll receive a very warm and personal welcome, which extends throughout the stay as it seems the staff can’t do enough to make […]

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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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Out and About in Mauritius #3

All this sightseeing works up quite an appetite, so it’s time for some lunch, followed by a bit of rum and jam tasting in Chamarel. The jam was more my thing, I couldn’t resist coming home with a few jars – the guava jam was really really good!    

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Out and About in Mauritius #2

More sightseeing in the south western region of Mauritius, enjoying the views from the popular Black River Gorges National Park, with it’s vast expanse of rainforest before taking in the wonder of the seven coloured earth, at Chamarel. Seven Coloured Earth, Chamarel. Black River Gorges National Park    

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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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Out and About in Mauritius #1

Photographs from a visit to the beautiful Botanical Gardens in Pamplemousse, north of the island, and a rare glimpse of hindu worshipers in the south, by the sacred river in Grand Bassin in the south west. Hindu worshipers at the sacred river, in Grand Bassin. Ganga Asnan is the colourful hindu festival that runs through […]

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Flic en Flac Beach

Well all the guide books, blogs, reviews and word of mouth echo the same thing really  – ‘when in Mauritius, Flic en Flac is the beach of choice’, it’s on the west coast and rated as one of the best beaches in Mauritius and a must on your list of places to go whilst on […]

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Veranda Grand Baie Hotel: Mauritius

First stop, first impressions – beautiful, and a welcome sight after an 18 hour haul. The Veranda Grand Baie in Mauritius is set amongst lush green surroundings and giant palm trees. Rooms look like little cottages (reminiscent of the Veranda Resort & Spa in Antigua). A huge selling point with this hotel is it’s proximity […]

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Catch of the Day: Grand Baie Fish Market

This small fish market on the mauritian sea front of Grand Baie caught my eye with the dazzling rainbow of colours laid out beautifully for sale, local fishermen gather here most afternoons to display and sell their day’s catch.      

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Mauritius Diaries: Grand Baie

So you’re thinking about a holiday to Mauritius? Who can blame you, it’s a little slice of irresistible paradise. Lets start with Grand Baie, probably one of the most talked about shopping hubs for tourists. Grand Baie is very touristy, yes that much is true but it still feels very down to earth with plenty […]

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Fly Away

Amazing Isn’t it amazing that we live in an age where we can just hop on a plane and go more or less anywhere on the planet in matter of hours, or pick up and leave one country and choose to start a new life in another…. Our ability to move around the world is […]

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Amazon by Bruce Parry

Picture this… You fly off from London’s Heathrow and land in Peru with your crew and cameraman, heaps of luggage and technical equipment. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to trek the best part of the Amazon rainforest, via mountains and forest, using the river as your guide. You will meet and […]

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Kensington Gardens

With just a few steps from Hyde Park, you’ll find yourself roaming around London’s Kensington Gardens, which used to be a deer park; yet even more sprawling masses of green space to soak up. Have a wander around Megan and Harry’s back yard, amongst the swans and tree lined pathways or sit amidst the squirrels […]

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Antalya City and Harbour

Antalya is a popular tourist region in Turkey framed by snow topped mountains and amazing blue seascapes. Stray cats and dogs shelters         Farewell Turkey SaveSave SaveSave SaveSaveSaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSaveSaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave

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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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Out and about Antalya

Manavgat Waterfall The morning started with a quick stop at this very impressive Turkish waterfall, with it’s powerful current and beautiful blue hue.   Next stop: Dikmen Textile Outlet A holiday rep described this as being the TK Maxx of Turkey, and he wasn’t wrong. Practically every sports brand and commonly known designer labels were […]

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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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Cold Turkey?

Well actually the weather was pretty good considering it was still the latter part of the Turkish winter season (March/April). This was a very last minute Easter getaway and the sun had his hat most of the time, thankfully! It was cold and pelting down with rain in London as my plane took off – […]

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An artistic Jovellanos farm

One more post from Cuba before I forget! Ever been to an organic farm that’s also an art gallery and pottery production centre? Well neither had I until this lovely little trip. This family run farm in the Cuban region of Jovellanos is home to it’s owners who have recently opened it up for tourist […]

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Very Varadero

A few nights in Cuba’s Varadero to lap up those beautiful beaches wasn’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 of the island (perhaps via an […]

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Iberostar Bella Vista Hotel, Varadero

This is one of many typically sprawling all inclusive beach front hotels on the Varadero strip – take a look if you’re considering staying here. Personally I wouldn’t recommend it as your entire holiday stay – a few nights is enough – explore other parts of Cuba too, and stagger your hotel stays. I’ts a […]

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Glad I went to Trinidad

My favourite part of my trip to Cuba were the days spent in the Cuban town of Trinidad. The pictures may not convey this but ‘what a dramatic place’ frozen in time and bursting with life, colour and charisma. The atmosphere is just fantastic, live music and vibrancy everywhere you look. I loved Trinidad instantly, […]

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Iberostar Grand Hotel Trinidad: Cuba

The Gran Iberostar Trinidad Hotel has to be in one of the best locations in Trinidad, centrally located and surrounded by lively cobbled streets buzzing with locals and tourists alike. This was the final hotel incorporated into the Cuban Experience tour.        

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Snapshots of Cienfuegos

More insights from the beautiful island and people of Cuba. Cienfuegos actually means ‘one hundred fires’. Cienfuegos is where the revolutionary uprising against Fulgencio Batista took place.

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Beach Banter #7

Walking on water! I saw three men walking on water – it’s not brilliant but watch the hastily filmed clip! I’m not sure if he stepped on a jellyfish or what but something startled him…..in Cayo  Ensenachos. I tried to rescue a Jellyfish This is the first jellyfish I’ve come face to face with, it […]

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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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Iberostar Ensenachos Hotel

After lunch at the Los Tainos restaurant at the Hotel Los Caneyes, Santa Clara – we were on the road again heading for the small Cuban off-shore island of Cayo Ensenachos to the Iberostar Ensenachos Hotel. It’s quite secluded, there is no nearby town to walk to – just beautiful beach and plenty of mangroves, […]

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Taxi!!

You won’t be short of taxi options in Cuba, that’s for sure. I’ve never seen so many variations in one place – talk about spoilt for choice!! There’s a taxi type for all tastes – short of a flying taxi…

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Lets Talk About Cuba

Cuba is sometimes playfully referred to as a the sleeping crocodile, if you look at it’s shape on the map that’s what it looks like. When I arrived in Cuba it was raining – and the airport staff were hard to distinguish properly because some of them were formally dressed whilst others were in their […]

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Cigars and Caves in the Vinales Valley

Day three of the Cuban Experience tour took us into some of the most scenic views I had the pleasure of seeing in Cuba. The Vinales valleys are deep, high, lush and never-ending. The Vinales region is an approximately 2hr 30 mins drive from Havana and a flourishing expanse dotted with tobacco farms. You will […]

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Why You Should Try A Touring Holiday: Cuba

Granted, there may be something to be said for the thrill and adventure of organising a travel itinerary with all your own connections and accommodation yourself, either as you go or all in advance. On this occasion I accepted the offer of a little help and a bit less to have to think about so […]

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Hola Havana!

We all know Havana is the capital of Cuba, a metropolitan hub of tourists, beautiful buildings  and classic vintage cars. Havana is bustling and busy with interesting sights on every turn. To go to Cuba and not visit Havana would be a crime, but there is certainly more to Cuba than Havana, so I would […]

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Iberostar Parque Central Hotel Havana Cuba

After three nights at the Iberostar Parque Central, here are a few pictures in case you’re curious or planning a stay there yourself. The hotel is described as one of the best hotels in the centre of Havana (I guess this depends what type of scene you’re into – a modern type of look rather […]

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A Virgin Holidays v-room Breakfast

I never normally bothered with these things  as I actually used to like the buzz of wandering around crowded airport shops and having a nice proper cooked breakfast in some crowded eatery before a flight. A very good Virgin travel agent  managed to do some effective arm twisting so I can now say I’ve given […]

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Before I went to Cuba….

Before I went to Cuba I had a very limited idea of what to expect, based mainly on what you see in magazines: Cuban cigars Big vintage statement ‘cuban looking’ cars Hot weather Exotic looking people speaking spanish White sandy beaches Salsa music Lots of colour Before I went to Cuba I was fascinated by […]

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Take Off!

My favourite part of any plane ride is take off. The exhilaration and adrenaline rush, coupled with that final feeling of actually ‘going’ to wherever it is, the build up is over and its time to sit back and relax. All the better if it’s a miserable day when I take off, leaving it all […]

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Log Cabins and Bears: Skiing in Greece!

Well I didn’t actually go skiing. After a hearty lunch in Kalambaka, I found myself in Metsovo, part of a Greek ski resort area in Epirus, which in a few more weeks would be white with snow. It was a flying visit really (as part of a wider excursion), but it was lovely to get […]

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A Piece of Greece: Valtos Beach Hotel Parga

  Valtos Beach hotel is a small family run resort daintily placed in a mountain hill surrounded by lemon and olive trees with fabulously relaxing views onto the bay, ocean and nearby castle. As with most businesses around Parga – it’s a family thing, and you will see names of families hung up outside restaurants […]

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Lunch on the Acheron River

Perhaps the prettiest place I’ve ever had lunch – shielded by the golden shimmer of the trees against the sun as the odd leaf drops and floats down the river. The sound of the water was the only music needed – and the clinking plates as we ate in the woods felt magical! Out and […]

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Tap Taps To Trinidad: Caribbean Adventures

Now I know what a ‘tap tap’ is!!! I had no idea before reading this book. Tap Taps To Trinidad, by Zenga Longmore, is a quirky little book that tells the tales of a woman’s (largely solo) experiences of hopping around a number of caribbean islands, somewhat naively at times. She seems to have a […]

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Avoid Jet Lag? Don’t Be Silly.

The human body is far too ‘switched on’ not to notice you have been surfing above the clouds at high altitude (which interferes with your oxygen levels) and super strong UV rays for hours on end, and that your entire sleep pattern and usual bodily functions have been turned upside down and flipped around all […]

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Salinas Salt Mines, Cape Verde

You will be encouraged to go for a dip in one of the salt lakes, and experience the feeling of the dead sea – you won’t sink. The salt and minerals in the water are good for your skin too. I had my swimsuit on under my clothes, fully intending to get in, but it […]

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Driving around Sal

It’s not all turquoise beaches and tourist resorts. Cape Verde is slowly developing and building its tourist industry, but still suffering deeply with poverty. The buildings are very colourful, there never seemed to be two buildings the same colour side by side. The roads are not all typical tarmac, sometimes a left or right turn takes […]

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Rumour Has It….Cape Verde

As usual, I spent a lot of time scouring reviews and reading up on this destination well before my holiday. Desperate for some winter sun, Cape Verde seemed like an ideal choice from the UK, not quite long haul but plenty of hot sunshine, apparently. Funny how two people can go to the exact same […]

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Second Chances

Every new day offers a new start, new chances, reasons to begin, reasons to continue, reasons to persevere. Each sunset is a reminder of this. No two sunsets look the same, just as no two days are the same, we shape and mould each one in a unique way, never to be repeated twice. Photographs […]

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Contemplating Tomorrow

Seize moments, grab opportunities, have faith, be courageous, pursue your goals, live your dreams. Each sunset symbolises the promise of a new tomorrow, so start as you mean to go on. It seems like motivational quotes have come the new ‘thing’ on social media; we can’t get away from them, and sometimes they seem repetitive, […]

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Reflecting On Today, Heading for Tomorrow

Start now, today, why wait until tomorrow to start as you mean to go on? A quote I came across sums it up with ” excuses will always be there for you, opportunities will not” Make that change, take those steps, build that momentum and keep it going. You will thank yourself someday. Sometimes the […]

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Beach Banter #4

If the cap fits! Hmmmmm, I’m intrigued as I spot the lady with the ‘shower cap’ on her head, out in the sea, kitted out in a glamours yellow bikini. Glam + shower cap = a whole new fashion concept. Wonder if it’ll catch on! When you think you’ve seen it all, well – you haven’t. […]

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Bird Talk

Why is it I never notice birds at home but as soon as I’m on holiday they ‘suddenly appear’ and become really interesting?

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Dover Beach

Literally on the lower end of St Lawrence Gap, Barbados with more nice blue seas and soft sand, and plenty of shade. Dover beach seemed a bit more relaxed and quieter than Accra beach (which is off a busier main road).    

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Down Town: Bridge Town, Barbados

The capital of Barbados, a hub of busy hustle and bustle, compared to a lot of other caribbean islands, Barbados seemed to have very big ‘town centre’ with lots of little back streets and side shops. If you’re an avid browser, you can on and on in Bridgetown, as long as you can take the […]

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On The Buses, Barbados

From large blue government owned buses to small privately run white mini buses, you won’t be waiting long for a ride. Mini bus drivers will often beep at you and call out to see if you ned a ride if they see you walking (no chance of that back at home lol!). A few short […]

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Avoid Getting Robbed On Holiday

In addition to Being a Chameleon Abroad here are a few tips to help you avoid being a victim of theft on holiday (and at home): If you must take expensive items out with you, try to make them appear broken or damaged. Stick some tape around parts of your gadgets,  (e.g. parcel tape on your iPad). […]

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Lunch on the Marina, Bridgetown Barbados

Once you’ve had enough of the hustle and bustle of the shops and heat, head over to the harbour (aka ‘Deep Water Harbour’) for lunch and drinks by the boats and watch the water glisten in the sun! Bridgetown may be the capital city of Barbados, but it still manages to pull of a chilled, relaxing […]

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Barbados: Yellow Bird Hotel

I’m a stickler for reviews, Trip Adviser etc…and was really impressed with the overwhelming positive feedback on this hotel. Furthermore, it’s very reasonably priced in comparison to the big east/west coast, all-inclusive resorts. If you’re on a tight budget, or want to claw back more money for spending, you could easily spend your entire holiday using […]

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Sheraton Shopping Mall, Barbados

If souvenir shopping hasn’t satisfied your retail therapy needs, head over to the Sheraton  Mall. If you’re not driving, just agree a pick up time with your taxi driver, a couple of hours should be enough!

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Wild Thing! Barbados

At one with nature It was like walking through a scene in a fairytale. Monkey’s swinging all over the place, various animals wandering around you as you take in everything the reserve has to offer. Please watch your step, and don’t tread on any passing turtles like I almost did, they are everywhere, and will […]

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Friday Night at Oistins Fish Fry: Barbados

Oistins is a fishing village in Christ Church, Barbados (not far from St Lawrence Gap). Oistins fish fry is an absolute must, especially when you’re in Barbados for the first time. The food may not be free but you pay nothing for the music and atmosphere. The vibe here is buzzing, with music and smells […]

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An Underground Grotto, Harrison’s Cave

Sometimes you just get a feeling about something, someone or somewhere. There is no logic to the feeling, you only know the feeling is real and strong. For me, the grounds leading to Harrison’s Cave felt like a scene from a James Bond film; I’m not sure which film but I could just picture Bond running around […]

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Only When We’re On Holiday: The Things We Do!

There are definitely a few things about us that change when we’re on holiday, (apart from reduced stress and being blissfully relaxed) and if we’re honest with ourselves, we know it. Here are a few I think I can hold my hands up to: Talking to and smiling at strangers, because it just feels right! […]

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Yellow Submarine, well not quite!

Since I’d never been on a submarine before, and I adore tropical fish – this seemed like really good excursion to cross off the list whilst in Barbados. Now we cross over from our boat to the submarine Down the hatch (not for the claustrophobic) Know your fish. At this point or commentator starts to suggest […]

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Barbados: St Lawrence Gap is Where it’s at?

Anyone who knows anything about Barbados will be familiar with all the hype surrounding St Lawrence Gap. Party scene Clubs Bars Restaurants Nightlife Street vendors All things touristy Down to earth Affordable hotels Lively vibe Dover beach Close to Oistins and Bridgetown It just wouldn’t be right not to spend at least a few nights in the […]

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Farewell Antigua

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Antigua and Barbuda, and wouldn’t hesitate to stay at the Verandah Resort & Spa again in the future, a nice little hideaway. I’ll miss the butterflies, and pretty beaches. Farewell Antigua, until next time….. 😘

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Antigua: Shirley Heights

Shirley Heights is one of the most well known tourist spots on the island of Antigua, within the English Harbour area, visited for its beautiful views of the island from the most southern point. Live music is played every Sunday evening, drawing a regular crowd for food and dancing. It certainly ‘is’ on the steep […]

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Turner’s Beach, Antigua

Turner’s beach is quiet a beautiful powdery beach on the west coast of Antigua, perfect for a day of lounging if you don’t require much shade. The guide books advise you to avoid this beach during the cruise ship/peak season as the beauty of the beach is spoilt with all the crowds and commotion. Fortunately […]

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Nelson’s Dockyard, Antigua

Nelson’s Dockyard is a national park, a historic site restored from 1743; it forms part of the English Harbour area of Antigua and is also an operational Georgian naval facility. British ships used to be repaired, restocked or disposed of here. Marinas and boats on a backdrop of blue water always make for a lovely […]

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We Are Sailing: To Barbuda

Interestingly, Antigua and Barbuda used to be one whole island until floods/rising sea levels ended up separating them. The journey takes approx 90 minutes via Barbuda Express ferries                     Barbuda feels like a deserted Island, very untouched and unspoilt by tourist trade.   Barbuda feels like a […]

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20 Enriching Things Worth Doing Whilst On Holiday

  Go on organised excursions to learn more about your destination, stretch beyond the limits of your resort. If you have a room with a view, order a meal to your room and eat out on the balcony. Keep a journal of your travels, thoughts, experiences to reflect back on in the future. Keep a journal Get […]

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Long Bay Beach

Just a few minutes walk from the Verandah Resort & Spa  takes you to Long Bay beach. The white sand and turquoise water looks far better in real life than it does in the pictures below.   Click here for Bloglovin’ link SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave

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Out and About in St John’s, Antigua

A taxi drive down to the western side of the island takes us to Antigua & Barbuda’s capital, St John’s. Lots of people, traffic, shops, colour and day to day hustle and bustle. Antigua and Barbuda’s first prime minister, Sir Vere Cornwall     Click here for Bloglovin’ link

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Let Me Entertain You! Verandah Resort Antigua

Well you go to some hotels and get virtually no entertainment in the evening, but not at the Verandah! I was super impressed with the amount of effort the resort staff put into organising a fashion and talent show during my stay – they didn’t just organise the entertainment, they ‘were’ the entertainment. Hats off to the […]

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Hello Antigua

How nice to arrive to an empty airport with hardly any queues, and friendly immigration staff, before heading to some equally empty white sand beaches. The tag line ‘Antigua Nice’ really did fit the bill. The sun seemed to be blazing hotter than ever and as it happens, locals said it was was uncharacteristically hot that […]

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The Verandah Resort and Spa, Antigua

I think Antigua should be renamed ‘Butterfly Island’ because I have never been to a place where butterflies are swarming the air like confetti. I noticed this on the drive to the hotel and initially thought it was some sprinkling from nearby flower petals blowing in the breeze, but no  – it was hundreds of […]

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Farewell Grenada, Next Stop: Antigua

All packed and ready to go. Upon leaving Grenada I was greeted with yet more rude staff at the LIAT check-in desk this time, I can’t even leave without another dose. Our driver had taken special care to bring our luggage into the airport and place it at the front of the queue to make […]

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Sail Away: Goodbye Carriacou

I was sad to leave Carriacou and would have liked to have spent longer there – I would definitely like to return for a dedicated holiday in the future. A peaceful, battery recharging holiday. Having flown to the island, sailing back to mainland Grenada by ferry was a welcome contrast. The sunsets along the way were […]

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Sandy Island

A tiny crescent island off the coast of mainland Carriacou, Grenada. An isolated island with a rustic charm. Uninhabited.   The crabs featured at the end of the clip were quite something. There seemed to be hundreds of them all living under a big pile of old fallen coconut tree leaves. As soon as our […]

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Carry Me To Carriacou

Carriacou is one of Grenada’s sister Islands, and delightful contrast. The second largest of Grenada’s Tri-Islands and a refreshingly untouched, peaceful piece of paradise. As well as the SVG Air flight, it is also possible to sail via Osprey Ferry from Grenada’s capital, St George or book an organised tour. I had always vowed never […]

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Grenada Street Art

Art is anything that inspires creatively, or exudes a creative flare, there are no rules, it’s a free for all. Grenada certainly showers you with bursts of colour as you wonder around. “Look at the beautiful things in life”   Click here for Bloglovin’ link

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Downtown: St George, Grenada

The bus ride into town:   Vibrant Colourful Fishing boats Local produce Hustle & bustle Steep narrow streets Vendors on the side walk The waft of spices in the air Spices for sale on every corner Locals going about their daily chores Picturesque views from Fort George and around the marina St George, the capital […]

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Tutti Frutti Sunsation Tour: Grenada

A great day long tour, highly recommended. Concord Waterfall   View of Carib’s Leap Lunch at the Belmont Estate River Antoine Rum Distillery (1785)   Pearls Airport Grand Etang National Park & Crater Lake     And of course the Gouyave Nutmeg Processing Station was also included in this tour : Spice Up Your Life: Grenada […]

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Another Not So Warm Welcome in Grenada, St George.

So we decided to eat like the locals and pop into a restaurant/cafe in the hustle and bustle of St George. Sample some local cuisine I thought, give some custom to local businesses (who you’d think would appreciate it more than your bigger more flourishing hotel empires), surely this couldn’t go horribly wrong. Surely not. Well sadly it […]

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Spice up your life: Grenada Nutmeg Factory

  The nutmeg aroma is fragrant throughout the tour, as you would expect.   There is a very calm, peaceful atmosphere throughout as everyone gets to work.   Courtesy of the Grenada Sunsation Tutti Frutti Tour. Click here for Bloglovin’ link  

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Grenada: Coyaba Beach Resort Hotel, Grand Anse

A quiet hotel on Grand Anse beach. The staff are generally friendly and polite (with the exception of one housekeeping lady who beat on my hotel room door  one evening, with such force and persistence I thought maybe the hotel was burning down or the police had some urgent matter to discuss with me) – but oh […]

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A Not So Warm Welcome to Grenada!

After long flight, and landing at Maurice Bishop International Airport, nobody expected to be greeted with the rude and hostile attitude of some ‘female’ immigration staff we encountered. What a welcome, and how embarrassing on their part. Perhaps these staff did not wish to encourage tourism into Grenada and preferred for us to return home to our […]

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