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A Walk Around Whitby

Whitby has a lot to offer for enthusiasts of a whole variety of interests. History, vampires, sea-food, super views and plenty of walks. It is a place my parents took me a few times as a young child. We had an afternoon free, why stay around the house, was time to take a drive up to North Yorkshire and Whitby! Even though a cloudy and cool day it was perfect for a refreshing few hours outside and away. The drive here shows how isolated it can be. Constrained by the North Yorkshire Moors, Whitby can feel cut away on...

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Sheringham – A North Norfolk Gem

Sometimes you go to a new place and as nice as it is, that will be the only time that you visit there. On occasions however one visit somewhere leads to continual return visits because something draws you back; because there are things you still want to see, because of the way the place makes you feel, because that place gives you something that you emotionally need or maybe because you simply want to relive memories. Sheringham is that sort of place for me, after almost 20 visits there I still want to return and the place still delights...

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Slovakia – Trvana, a Taste of Tradition

I was very lucky to be invited to my friend’s home in Slovakia, not only was I looking forward to meeting her family it meant I got a personal tour of this beautiful country. After being greeted by her family at Bratislava airport we headed 47km northeast to the city of Trvana. This is the seventh largest city of Slovakia located on the river Trnavka. The city is often referred to as the “Slovak Rome” thanks to many churches within its city walls. Trvana was a very important market settlement as it was the junction of two roads, one...

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Amandola – Gateway to the Sibillini Mountains

It was time to visit Italy again.. but away from the usual hotspots you hear of, it was time to head to a beautiful area in the mountains of the Region of Le Marche. A home from home for me, great open countryside, and a perfect greeting of snow tipped mountain tops with lush green and quiet valleys below. The drive into the region was so quiet I could hardly believe it, a hidden treasure indeed! First stop though was the small and beautiful  town of Amandola, the gateway to eastern side of the Sibillini Mountains (Monti Sibillini) Perched on...

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Sweden – A walk around Vaxholm

Last summer we started our first and long anticipated trip to Sweden with a visit to Vaxholm, a lovely village in the Stockholm Archipelago. We arrived at the Stockholm-Arlanda airport where we picked up our rental car and it was only a 45 minute drive to Vaxholm. Making it a nice day trip when you’re staying in the city. There’s also a bus service between Stockholm and Vaxholm. During the summer months there’s even a better way of travelling to Vaxholm: by boat ! Vaxholm is a small but truly picturesque village, well known for its wooden houses and surrounded...

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A look around Appleby in Westmorland, Cumbria

Appleby in Westmorland, a small town in the Eden Valley, Cumbria, but truly packed with history and uniqueness. Last year we showed a series of posts on the Appleby Horse Fair, a week or so where the town gets full with visitors, travellers and of course horses. But, Appleby in Westmorland is so much more than that, and that small window of time in the year… I can assure you. Built within a great loop of the River Eden it is surrounded by mountains, open countryside, river beauty.. but let’s look within. Of course I have a bond with...

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