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One day in The Lake District

One day in The Lake District

If you only have one day in the Lake District what should you do? Where should you go? What should you see? How can you enjoy a Lakeland experience in just one day? I have offered below three one-day itineraries starting in Bowness-on-Windermere. One itinerary can be...

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What to see in Page, Arizona

What to see in Page, Arizona

We first visited Page, Arizona, on a whim. We were on a road trip and had just left the Grand Canyon, when Peter decided he would like to see the Glen Canyon Dam. He is an engineer after all! So, we made the detour and discovered a gem. What is there to see in Page...

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A Tour of Antelope Canyon: an unforgettable experience

A Tour of Antelope Canyon: an unforgettable experience

A tour of Antelope Canyon had been in my sights for some time. I had seen so many wonderful photos of Antelope Canyon, which looked like a magical grotto, that I really wanted to see it for myself. I was disappointed that we had missed it previously when we were in...

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The Highlights of Japan: where to go and what to see

The Highlights of Japan: where to go and what to see

The highlights of Japan? That is perhaps a rather ambitious claim for a two week tour of the Land of the Rising Sun and we do not claim to have discovered everything this wonderful country has to offer. However, we planned our tour of Japan to take in some of the...

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Exploring Death Valley: hike it, bike it, love it!

Exploring Death Valley: hike it, bike it, love it!

Visiting Death Valley National Park exceeded all our expectations. There is so much to explore in Death Valley! Before we visited, I had not appreciated just how diverse and interesting a desert landscape could be. We visited as part of a road trip in our RV and...

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Trip the Hike Fantastic: unforgettable hikes in the US

Trip the Hike Fantastic: unforgettable hikes in the US

We have been on several RV road trips in the US now and wherever we go, we always look for places to hike. Hiking opens up new areas to explore and really allows us to get into the nooks and crannies (literally!) of the landscape. We have been incredibly lucky to have...

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What is Arcosanti? Cult, commune or city of the future?

What is Arcosanti? Cult, commune or city of the future?

At the end of an amazing road trip through Arizona, we came upon Arcosanti. The website describes Arcosanti as one of the “cool places in Arizona to visit” and “one of the top tourist attractions”. Strange that we had never heard of it! The website for Arcosanti lists...

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What to see on the Isle of Skye

What to see on the Isle of Skye

Planning a visit and want to know what to see on the Isle of Skye? Read on! Skye is on many people’s list of places to visit in Scotland and it is easy to understand why. It is incredibly beautiful with a dramatic, rugged landscape: tall, craggy mountains; a stunning...

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The Miracle of America Museum: a hidden gem

The Miracle of America Museum: a hidden gem

Rusty, dusty and full to the brim, the Miracle of America Museum is an Aladdin's Cave for anyone who loves history in the raw - or exploring junk shops ( - which I do!). Please do not misunderstand though: this is not junk ( - okay, well some of it is); there is real...

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The Highlights of Yellowstone National Park

The Highlights of Yellowstone National Park

Established in 1872, Yellowstone National Park was the first national park in the US.   But is it the best? Is it worth visiting? And what are the highlights of Yellowstone? The responses to these questions are a matter of opinion and having visited Yellowstone...

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On the Whisky Trail – again!

On the Whisky Trail – again!

A quick trip away to Scotland recently gave us the opportunity to visit two more whisky distilleries on the Scotch Whisky Trail: Tullibardine and Fettercairn.  I have written about visiting whisky distilleries before . Visiting distilleries and wineries has become a...

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A Flying Visit to Chicago

A Flying Visit to Chicago

We just flew in from the windy city….! Actually, Chicago was not so much windy as freezing cold. Bright blue skies, fabulous sunshine, but teeth-clenchingly cold! And we did not fly in for this flying visit to Chicago; we drove! I had preconceived ideas about Chicago...

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Carry on Campervan: driving in North America

Carry on Campervan: driving in North America

Picture it: you are in a spaghetti tangle of flyovers on a multi-lane highway in a major North American city; it is blowing a blizzard; you are in a 28 foot long campervan; you are heading for the car rental section of the airport. Almost there. It is the last car...

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Measure for Measure: when is a pint not a pint?

Measure for Measure: when is a pint not a pint?

Discovering and celebrating the differences which exist in the world is a joy: I have written about this before (see Is travelling losing its mystique?). However, there is one area which leaves me bemused: standard units of measurement! Standard? Aye right! The whole...

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Travelling: is it losing its mystique?

Travelling: is it losing its mystique?

One of the joys of travelling is to experience different cultures in the world – the language, the food, the customs….but as technology makes the world smaller, is some of that wonderful diversity being lost? Parlez vous.... Last year we visited Japan (see related...

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Quirky Bits from our US Road Trip: wrecks, bats and RVs!

Quirky Bits from our US Road Trip: wrecks, bats and RVs!

When travelling, we sometimes come across some really unexpected, quirky places, exhibits or stories. Our last road trip through some of the eastern and southern states of the US was no exception. Here are a few such examples – in no particular order. The National...

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A Visit to Graceland

A Visit to Graceland

Visiting Graceland, home of Elvis Presley, fulfilled a lifelong ambition for me. I love Elvis. I love his music. I loved the man. He had so much charisma and frankly, he was beautiful. I was a teenager when he died and I cried. Visiting Graceland was an emotional...

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Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky

Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky

If you have any interest at all in geology or history,  Mammoth Cave National Park is a must. Mammoth Cave is the most extensive cave system in the world. Four hundred and twelve miles of tunnels, caverns and chambers deep below the earth's surface have been explored...

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