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    Visiting the Lake District: A Short Break Guide

    Finally managing to write about my Lake District trip back in February! Hurrah! I would have done it sooner, but life got in the way. Nevertheless, here’s a recap of my visit/some travel inspiration for anyone fancying a short break to this beautiful area of the UK. Where did I stay? My family and I have had a few Lake District holidays over the years because my dad’s side of the family have shares in Seasons and there’s a lovely self-catering village called Whitbarrow situated between Keswick and Penrith, perfect for the North Lakes (the focus of today’s post). Whilst my immediate family don’t have shares, we managed to get…

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    Salzburg Travel Guide | Throwback Thursday

    Feeling in the mood to reminisce, so what better time to do so than on throwback Thursday. When I was 13, I visited Salzburg in Austria. To this day, it remains one of my most memorable trips, if not the most. There’s so much to see and do in such a small area and there’s a real sense of culture. If you enjoyed my post on Seville and are seeking more European city adventures, then this Salzburg travel guide is perfect for you.   I will say now that I went in 2011, but I’ve double checked and all these sites are still open. Hallein Salt Mine Ironically, the 2…

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    Seville Travel Guide – Top 4 Places to Visit

    The past couple of weeks have been quite busy, and blogging has had to take a bit of backseat unfortunately. I’m trying to get myself organised though and this week it’s blog central. I recently had a long weekend in Seville, Spain. It’s such a beautiful city and you can easily spend hours just walking around all the beautiful cobbled streets. Everywhere you turn there’s a different square, gorgeous old building or collection of orange trees. The city centre is a maze of culture and history. Rather than attempting to trace my each and every step for you though (as we might get lost in Seville), I’ve put together a…

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    Visiting Kew Gardens | Travel

    Hello everyone! If you caught my Instagram stories yesterday, you will know that I was visiting Kew Gardens! After hearing good things, my family and I decided on a trip there. Visiting Kew Gardens Getting there As it was a day visit, the choice was to get up early and drive, risking the M25 traffic, or go by train. In the end, train won. We had to change a couple of times due to the different tube lines, but we weren’t in a rush, as Kew opens until 8pm on Fridays. What’s more, we arrived at lunchtime, perfect for refuelling before exploring the gardens (the food was delicious). The Glasshouses…

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    July 2018 Favourites | What I’ve Loved

    It’s time for my July 2018 Favourites. Before we know it, the end of August will arrive! One thing I notice with favourites posts is that beauty products feature heavily. My July 2018 Favourites prove this doesn’t have to be the case. My July 2018 Favourites Devon           Considering I spent the middle chunk of July 2018 in Devon, it’s definitely a favourite! We were lucky with the weather, which made a difference. In July, Devon and Cornwall are susceptible to rain, but not this time. My days involved admiring coastal views, swimming in the sea and eating A LOT of ice cream. Notes on a…

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    Top 5 Things to Do in Devon

    Stressful morning! Woke up to news of a water shortage. It turns out that there’s a burst water pipe in a field near me and most villages in my area are sans water. It really makes me realise how much I take even the simplest things, like having water when you need it, for granted. Moments like this one are a wake-up call! Anyway, Mondays are stressful enough without me going on about water supply problems. Moving onto something far more pleasant in my opinion, which is a look back at my time in Devon. Inspired by Abbey Louisa Rose’s brilliant post summing up her time in Sorrento, I thought…

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    A (Practical) Guide to Holiday Packing

    Hands up if you’re guilty of taking too much stuff on holiday and never wearing half of it? My hand flies up immediately. The excuse of “I need to pack for every eventuality” is unfortunately of no use now, especially when it comes to my family holidays, as I now know the sort of activities we will be doing and what clothing etc. is appropriate to take with me. However, I still am not the most efficient person when it comes to packing, and will no doubt be the one loaded up with too many bags. If anything, this post is just as much for my benefit, as it will…

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    24 Hours in Dublin

    Hey everyone! In light of my many many Instagram posts about Dublin, it is now time for the blog post. On Wednesday night, my family and I flew to Dublin for a whirlwind 24 hour trip, because why not? It’s a city that none of us had been to before, and I wanted to fly somewhere nearby before my year abroad because I hadn’t been on a plane since finding out I have hydrocephalus. The journey to Dublin was therefore quite nerve wracking. It’s not the actual flying that has caused me anxiety, it was the potential health risks what with the pressure changes, even though I have been told…

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    Visiting Ickworth House

    My final Suffolk-related post is here! In keeping with the National Trust theme that seems to have emerged, we will be finishing off this little trilogy series with Ickworth House, an impressive stately home just south of Bury St Edmunds, so again, it was another great place to break up the car journey. Ickworth is a huge property, surrounded by countryside and even boasts its own hotel and spa, yet strangely we had not heard of it. That being said, we don’t really go in the Suffolk direction much. Nevertheless, the unusual Italianate style and Rotunda is worth a visit. Ickworth is one of the best NT properties I have…