Autumn at Westonbirt Arboretum

(UPDATED FOR 2019) Whilst my fellow Brits are lamenting the end of summer, I’m secretly thrilled about the seasonal change. Call me crazy, but I love packing my flip flops and sun cream away for another year and getting out my chunky knits ready for Autumn.  And when it…

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Bibury: the prettiest village in the Cotswolds

We’re in the midst of a rare phenomenon in England right now… it’s summer – and it’s sunny. I know, I know, it’s July – it’s meant to be hot. But trust me, having lived through 30 summers on this little island, I can confirm that a British heatwave…

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A first-timer’s guide to Taormina, Sicily

In Spring 2016, I finally got the chance to visit Sicily – the exotic land of my ancestors and somewhere that’s been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. The whole trip was a sort of pilgrimage for me to discover my heritage and to…

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Up, Up and away… The magic of Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

There’s a certain time of year in Bristol when, as soon as you open your eyes in the morning, you get that same excited feeling that you did as a kid on Christmas Day… You rush to the window and look outside but instead of a white world, it’s…

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Cycling The Camel Trail in Cornwall

In case you didn’t get the memo, there’s a “staycation boom” going on in the UK right now. That’s right, apparently more people than ever are holidaying in good old Blighty… and there’s a lot to be said for ditching the airport crowds and getting out to explore your…

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5 reasons to visit Oxford this summer

As a self-proclaimed part-time traveller, I’m a firm believer that you don’t have to venture far to discover new and exciting places. So I’m rather ashamed to tell you that, despite growing up within 50 miles of one of England’s most historic and frequently visited cities, it took me until last…

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The best places to spot street art in Lisbon

I’m no expert when it comes to street art but I do have one thing going for me. I’m from Bristol; the official home of Banksy and some of the most celebrated street art in Europe. Everywhere I go, I’m surrounded by colourful graffiti and sky-high murals. So it’s…

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How to spend a weekend in Salzburg

I may be a city girl at heart but I’ve always been a sucker for a mountain. It’s true; I’ll take snow-capped peaks and alpine views any day over white sands and palm trees. So it’s no surprise that Salzburg should win me over with its perfect balance of…

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