Brussels in one day – a guide to getting the most out of the city

Belgium

Brussels in one day – a guide to getting the most out of the city

There are many reasons why at times, I wish I didn’t live in London. Proximity to the Eurostar is not one of them. I bloody love the Eurostar, and not just because of the access it gives me to new places to explore. I also love the Eurostar because it is so much fun to ride. Like a bullet through the sea, it’s easy to board (unlike planes), comfortable to travel in (unlike planes) and it had this mystique to people like me who watched it being built.

I digress. Having been to Brussels several times for work and enjoyed what I’d seen, I wanted to explore it as a tourist. With the short journey times and fairly compact city I grabbed my Mum and we set about exploring the Belgian capital in one day.

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A View From The Shard London

London

A View From The Shard London

Tourism. It’s a funny old game and ever since London 2012 I’ve become even more aware of how our capital is bending and changing to meet the needs of an ever lucrative tourist market. Perhaps I’m over sensitised to it, but with families and the average joe not really getting out and about to see what is on their own back doorstep, London is looking further afield to attract visitors to it’s slightly overcast shores.

And that my friends, is where The Shard comes in.

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Lisbon City Break Guide – Or why Lisbon is the hottest European destination

Portugal

Lisbon City Break Guide – Or why Lisbon is the hottest European destination

Lisbon is just one of those places that all of a sudden has become impossibly cool to visit. It made it into Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel Book for 2017, a handful of my coolest friends have recently been and everything tagged #lisbon on Instagram is pure cool too. When I happened to mention I was taking my first city break of 2017 there (after revealing to Mr S that it was his Christmas present…I’m a wonderful wife), everyone from my Mum, my boss and strangers on the Internet wanted to tell me how much they wanted to go.

I just wanted to go somewhere warmer this January.

I jest, but cool I am not. Because I use the word cool. And other reasons. So in search of sea views, wonderful architecture and those famous custard tarts I visited this still oft-forgotten about Southern European city. But what I found was so much more.

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Why I’ll always be a caravan girl at heart

Travel Feels

Why I’ll always be a caravan girl at heart

I want to tell you a story. A story of growing up and seeing the school holidays stretched out before me. A story of UK beaches and fairgrounds and Punch and Judy and fish and chips and bacon sizzling on a makeshift gas stove. Of hammocks, of rainy days and brilliant board games. Of sea life centres and boats and awnings and tents.

I want to tell you a story about caravan holidays, and why I’ll always be a caravan girl at heart.

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Unseen London Walking Tours – an amazing way to see the capital

London

Unseen London Walking Tours – an amazing way to see the capital

Being the London geek that I am, I love to find out and hear more about my city in every way possible. Be that through my insatiable thirst for knowledge via both wikipedia, museums and books or my love affair with The London Underground, London has got under my skin and isn’t about to go away any time soon. So when I got the chance to go discover Unseen Tours last year, I was ecstatic.

Run by Sock Mob Events, they are a unique social enterprise that offers walking tours of London led by homeless or formerly homeless guides where the lion’s share of the income goes directly to the guides. With each particular tour, your guide will tell you things about London you didn’t know – they will show you nooks and crannies that you didn’t know existed. And, most importantly, they’ll talk to you about life as a homeless person in that area of London, and it’ll hit you between the eyes like a shovel.

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