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The Best Afternoon Tea in York

The Best Afternoon Tea in York

Afternoon tea is the quintessential British treat.  Contrary to popular belief outside the UK, not all English people “take tea” in the afternoon.  I don’t even drink tea myself, but I’m pretty sure that the most extravagant thing  most people have with their cup of tea is a chocolate biscuit.  However, when I recently visited York, a beautiful historic city in Yorkshire in the North of England, I wanted to see what I was missing out on!  I sampled two…

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York Food & Drink Festival : A Paradise for Foodies

York Food & Drink Festival : A Paradise for Foodies

Every year in September, York is taken over by food and drink lovers in a 10-day long celebration of all things food related.  I was invited by Visit York to come and see what is on offer at the York Food and Drink Festival for its 20-year anniversary, and as a foodie I couldn’t resist! The 2016 festival is currently running until 2nd October, so you still have chance to visit and try it out for yourself! I previously lived…

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Nine Reasons to Visit the North of England Now!

Nine Reasons to Visit the North of England Now!

So many people I meet have been to England, and not left London.  When I tell them I’m English their eyes light up and they eagerly tell me they visited the London for a few days, but nowhere else, or occasionally some went to Brighton or Cambridge or another town close by.  Of course, London is a great destination, but there is plenty more to explore outside our vibrant capital.  If you have the time to venture outside the city…

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The Barcelona Taste Tour: The Best Food Tour in Barcelona

The Barcelona Taste Tour: The Best Food Tour in Barcelona

If you are planning your first visit to Barcelona, deciding on where to eat can be a challenge. The city is bursting with literally thousands of bars, restaurants and cafes, all potentially offering the best food money can buy. Or not.  I found a saviour in The Barcelona Taste Tour. The choice of where to eat in Barcelona is overwhelming, and as a tourist in an unfamiliar city there is a tendency to either follow your Lonely Planet Guide to…

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Barcelona Brunch: My Top Best Spots for Brunch in Barcelona

Barcelona Brunch: My Top Best Spots for Brunch in Barcelona

The residents of Barcelona love a good brunch, that’s for sure.  And as lunch in Spain doesn’t really start until 2pm (at the earliest), we have the luxury of being able to lie in bed that little bit longer, and only stumble to our favourite brunch hangouts before 4 or 5pm to take advantage of the delicious menus.  Here’s my pick of the best brunch in Barcelona, spread throughout the city so you can find a delicious Barcelona brunch wherever you…

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Arequipa Peru – Your Guide to Peru’s White City

Arequipa Peru – Your Guide to Peru’s White City

Arequipa is filled with beautiful architecture & surrounded by spectacular scenery. White volcanic rock called sillar was used to construct most of the buildings here, and so earned Arequipa its nickname of the White City. It is Peru’s second largest city and is also the base for treks to Colca Canyon & surrounding volcanoes including El Misti and Chachani.  Arequipa’s location makes it a great stop off between Cusco and Lima and perfect for backpackers.  I spent a couple of days…

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Cusco – Touristy but worth Exploring

Cusco – Touristy but worth Exploring

Cusco was the capital of the Inca Empire, and was also known as the bellybutton of the World. Evidence of Inca culture is everywhere, and Cusco isn’t afraid to cash in on its famous history. That is what irritated me about Cusco; although beautiful and interesting to explore, at every turn someone was trying to sell me something. Massages, restaurant menus, llama keyrings, photos with a Peruvian Cholita, photos with a llama, photos with a Peruvian Cholita and a llama,…

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10 Things I Learned After 1 Month on the Road

10 Things I Learned After 1 Month on the Road

Time really does fly when you’re having fun. The last 30 days have whizzed by in a blur of mountains, Inca ruins and llamas. I’m not sure how I expected to feel after a month of travelling – seeing and doing incredible things, making friends with people from all over the World who you may never see again, or who you may bump into a few days later in the next town. I haven’t really had time to process what…

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Sucre: Bolivia’s Capital with a Small Town Feel

Sucre: Bolivia’s Capital with a Small Town Feel

I had heard great things about Sucre, and was looking forward to my visit.  After my lovely stay in Samaipata I returned for one night to Santa Cruz, to catch a flight the next morning to Sucre. For the rest of my trip I’d promised myself I would take buses or trains, but as time was tight in Bolivia (and the roads notoriously unreliable) I decided to fly. Santa Cruz gave me a final kick in the teeth send-off, after…

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An Expat in Barcelona: 10 Things I Miss About the UK

An Expat in Barcelona: 10 Things I Miss About the UK

I wasn’t born to live in Britain.  I have always yearned for travel and adventure, for more excitement than the usual kids’ activities of girl guides and piano lessons.  From ice-skating to horse-riding and considering jumping out of a plane at 15 (as I was underage I needed a parent to jump with me, which strangely wasn’t met with enthusiasm from my mum & dad, so I haven’t yet ticked that off the list) I always knew there was more beyond…

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