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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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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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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

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Day trips from Santiago de Chile – the Apoquindo 

  This is the fourth post in a throwback series about day trips you can take from Santiago de Chile. I lived in this fantastic city for a year 2010-2011, and I just love to talk about it and remember it, and I hope this information will be useful and interesting to anyone planning to Read More

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Hamlet’s Castle – A day trip from Copenhagen

Fangirling about Elsinore I’m a bit of a literary nerd (yes, as well as being a history nerd …), and so I love to visit places that feature in famous novels (and plays). Fortunately for me, Europe is stuffed full of these wonderful places to see, and fortunately for you I plan to make it Read More

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Blenheim Palace – Days out in the UK

Blenheim Palace is a big old country house in Oxfordshire, England, where the Dukes of Marlborough historically live. It is UNESCO World Heritage listed. It has some really nice cafes and restaurants you can visit, as well as lovely “Capability Brown” landscaped gardens to explore. There is a miniature train you can ride and a Read More