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A Day in Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Plovdiv is an historic city situated near the Rhodope Mountains (the legendary homeland of Orpheus). It is Bulgaria’s second largest city after the capital, Sofia. I would never have known Plovdiv existed if it hadn’t been recommended to me. So now I’m passing on the recommendation! You’re welcome. Plovdiv Old Town The Old Town of Read More

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Cascais and Belém: A day trip from Lisbon

In case you haven’t already figured this out from my blog posts, day trips are my favourite. You get to see new places without all the inconvenience of dragging your luggage around with you. At the end of the day you return to your base, a place of familiarity after a day of seeing the Read More

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Lindisfarne: Day trips in the UK

Lindisfarne is a pretty little tidal island off the northeast coast of England. It is also known as the Holy Island and has a population of just over 160 permanent residents. What is there to see at Lindisfarne, you ask? It’s a cute little village with the ruins of a priory, a lovely harbour, and Read More

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Delft – A day trip from Amsterdam

I was really pleasantly surprised when I visited Amsterdam a few months back (when it was rather warmer than the dreadful top of zero degrees I suffered in England today) to discover how many wonderful things there were to see in Holland, and how easy they were to get to. I already posted about my Read More

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Chatsworth House – Day trips in the UK

I was pretty excited to visit this place as it’s toted as the REAL Pemberley from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Chatsworth House is a stately home in Derbyshire. It is the seat of the Duke of Devonshire and has been home to the Cavendish family since 1549. So what’s it like? I think Austen Read More

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Kirkstall Abbey – day trips in the UK

  I visited Leeds recently and took the opportunity to visit Kirkstall Abbey while I was there. Kirkstall Abbey is a ruined Cistercian monastery in a really pretty setting just outside town. The Abbey is right by quite a busy road, but is surrounded by parkland through which runs the River Aire. The day I Read More

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Days out in the UK – Windsor

  The town of Windsor is home to Windsor Castle – the largest and oldest inhabited castle in the world, and apparently the Queen’s favourite weekend home. The history of Windsor Castle is filled with Kings and Queens of England escaping from London via the River Thames to the safety of their castle at Windsor Read More