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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sleep, Sit, Lean and Read on it!

As with everything, I usually spend quite a lot of time shopping around, and reading reviews before making a purchase. This particular travel pillow seems to be relatively low cost (on Amazon),  though  they cost a bit more on Ebay.       This pillow looked thicker and more deeply cushioned than a lot of others I skimmed […]

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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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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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Beach Banter #1

Mr Mighty So we’ve probably all spotted one of these at some point or another. Mr Mighty relishes in having a captive audience readily waiting along the entire beach strip, he flexes his muscles repeatedly before carrying out some very focused stretches. Mr Mighty simply must show you the extent of his physical prowess by […]

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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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What’s Your Type? 12 Tourist Types

Most of us are probably a mixture of types, depending on where we are, the mood we’re in, and who we are with. On the whole, I’d say I’m the ‘photographer type’, I just can’t stop taking pictures of everything when I’m on holiday. I carry about 20 memory cards, and countless fully charged spare […]

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Sunsets at Rick’s Cafe: Negril Jamaica

Rick’s, one of the coolest spots to hang out in Negril. Pull up by road or boat  (try both). Get drinks Watch daring divers Be a daring diver Listen to live music Watch the most amazing sunsets Job done.   Click here for Bloglovin’ link

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Riu Club Negril Hotel: Bloody Bay Jamaica

In a nutshell. This hotel was clean, spacious, generously catered for food, with a good range of entertainment each evening. Rooms are spread over four blocks along the beach strip The holiday reps are very hyper, all day, but they work exceptionally hard  – especially with all the entertainment routines they put on throughout the […]

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Margaritaville Negril: Jamaica, on the Seven Mile Beach Strip.

Margaritaville is a 5 minute drive down Norman Manley Boulevard from the Riu Negril resorts. Some hotels, like Riu Negril, will call the Margaritaville bus to come and pick you up from your hotel and the drop you off again at scheduled times throughout the day/evening. Here you will find miles of beach to wander, […]

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Out and about at The Cruise Show: Birmingham NEC

  Firstly, the answer is no. Right now, I am not making any serious plans to go on a cruise, I merely went along last weekend out of curiosity and I must say, I came away rather inspired. River cruises are all the rage, the ‘new black’ if you like! Honestly, river cruises are appealing to […]

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Tropical TOBAGO, The Quiet Caribbean.

A small quiet caribbean island, physically separate from Trinidad. An island for relaxation, bird watching, rainforest hiking and beach lounging. At certain time of the year, in line with breeding cycles, turtle watching becomes a major attraction. Be certain to take strong insect repellent, the strongest you can get your hands on. You will certainly […]

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Bahamas: Reminiscing. Take me back!!

The Bahamas is made up of over 700 small islands and cays. Following a comfortable British Airways flight, the Bahamas proved to be a relaxing destination. There is a very simple beauty to it, that is refreshing and quite charming. Highlights: Cable beach (with a direct view of the island owned by Eddie Murphy) Fort Charlotte, one […]

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Tunisia Trip

Despite the frightening March 2015 incident that took place in Tunisia’s capital a week before, we went ahead with our all inclusive holiday to Sousse (just under 2 hrs from the capital, in one of the quieter tourist areas). On  reflection we thought it was probably one of the safest times to visit as security […]

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