A day trip to Shakespeare’s England

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We all need a break from our routines once in a while. In my opinion, none more so than my sister, whose world was turned upside down by the death of her husband earlier this year. I invited her away for a short break, so … [read more]

A restorative weekend in the New Forest

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I’ve just returned from a relaxing weekend with my oldest friend, a rare event indeed. The last time we were away together without partners or kids was in 1990, when we spent a week with a group of Mormon lads in Turkey. The Mormon bit … [read more]

10 reasons to love London – in pictures

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I’m hugely proud of this amazing city I live in. Yes, the weather’s a bit crap; Londoners might not always be the most approachable people; there’s a housing crisis; the traffic and pollution is terrible. I could go on… But for all its faults, London … [read more]

How to have a successful city break in London with kids

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We aren’t the most adventurous travellers. Our family holidays are either in all-inclusive hotels or self-catering apartments in European coastal resorts. We don’t ski and aren’t interested in cruises or walking holidays, and we only go camping in supportive groups. The hubster and I love … [read more]

There’s no place like home

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At the tender age of 18, I took a gap year before starting University and joined an overland expedition from London to Kenya, in a clapped-out Bedford army truck. Twenty-two strangers boarded the truck in Balham and four months later – having dug up roads, … [read more]