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Monthly Archives: July 2016

Haigh Hall and Country Park

Haigh Hall and Country Park When I visited Haigh Country Park in Wigan, Lancashire last week, I have to say I was a bit perturbed by all the disruption currently happening at the site. For regular visitors this wouldn’t be off-putting as they would have been aware of the undergoing work, but for newbies like myself: please look…

The 8 Treasures of Little Moreton Hall

Little Moreton Hall is the most perfect moated timber framed manor house in Britain and probably the most famous. It was built bit by bit between the 1440’s and 1580’s and offers free guided tours, though just wandering around by yourself is ideal for engrossing oneself in the structure of the building – you’ll see why as you…

10 Things That Make You Return to Paris, Again and Again and Again

10 Things That Make You Return to Paris, Again and Again and Again!   1.  The Wealth of Art Galleries and Museums Paris is inundated with art galleries and museums; I don’t even know where to start on counting and cataloguing them. Every time I go to Paris I discover another different and/or quirky gallery I never knew…

Dolaucothi Gold Mine

Dolaucothi Gold Mine I’ve been visiting Carmarthenshire for many years now due to having family in the area, but only just managed to get to Dolaucothi and what a treat was in store for me! It was a grey drizzly day, but as the most part of the attraction is underground, this is the perfect place to head to…

A Family Day Out on the Wirral for Under £40

A Family Day Out on the Wirral for Under £40 This cracking day out will take you on the water with Mersey Ferries, under water at the U-boat Story and far above the water at Spaceport. Also for the duration of 2016, you’ll get the pleasure of boarding Mersey ferry “Snowdrop,” currently painted as a dazzle ferry and…

Walk: Mwnt Beach & Foel y Mwnt

A beautiful sheltered and secluded bay with a sandy beach In 2011, the Daily Mail placed Mwnt beach at the top of its list of “Europe’s top ten loveliest hidden beaches.” I agree with the first part – it is a gorgeous sandy beach with no debris or litter in site, though how hidden it is these days with the…

Cheshire: My Home County – Spotlight on East Cheshire

Cheshire: My Home County We are all guilty of being wooed by foreign climbs, spending our holidays travelling abroad, especially in the UK where our unpredictable climate makes us sun-seek. We neglect what’s literally on our doorstep! I’ve always lived in Cheshire and spent lots of holidays travelling to the Lake District or North Yorkshire, but have…

Cardiff’s Top 10

Top 10 Reasons to Visit Cardiff 1.  Cardiff Castle No trip to Cardiff would be complete without a trip to its castle. You’d be forgiven for thinking that you were looking at 3 different sites when you see images of this castle – some show an old Norman keep, some a reconstructed Roman fort and others a Victorian Gothic fantasy…

Walk: The Halo, Lancashire

The Halo Walk: A short but steep exhilarating walk that packs a punch, featuring a weird and wonderful sculpture and a superb panoramic view! If you’re visiting the Rossendale valley in Lancashire, or somewhere nearby, stop off in Haslingden and check out its weird and wonderful flying saucer called The Halo. It won’t take up much of your…

Perge, Aspendos & Kursunlu: Turkey

Perge, Aspendos & Kursunlu: A Cultural Day Out from Antalya, SW Turkey In the wake of the recent attacks in Istanbul, I can’t help but reminisce on the time I spent in Turkey 10 years ago. Now this was before ownership of a digital camera, so I had to hunt out and scan these piccies and the quality isn…

Hartlepool & County Durham: A Week Exploring the North East of England

Hartlepool and County Durham May 2016 and my husband and I took a week’s holiday to the North East Coast of England, specifically County Durham, basing ourselves in Hartlepool. Why Hartlepool you might ask? Well my husband hails from this coastal town and with family and friends still living there, I’ve made numerous trips a year to this…