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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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Rotterdam and the Dutch Royal Family

Rotterdam was a complete surprise to me. It had been described as very modern, due to being almost completely destroyed in WWII. Modern architecture isn’t usually my thing, and it’s not really what I travel to Europe to see, so I wasn’t that thrilled. But. Rotterdam was lovely! Even for me, who had no previous Read More

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Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

Plitvice (pronounced pleet-wee-cheh) Lakes National Park is a huge forest reserve in central Croatia. It is known for a chain of 16 terraced lakes, interconnected by waterfalls, that extend into a limestone canyon. Limestone = that amazing blue colour of the water. Clear clear water of #plitvice #lakes #croatia #beautifuldestinations A post shared by Jemma (@jemmadventures) 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