I’m a sucker for any opportunity to pretend to be Lizzy Bennet (although in reality I am probably more Emma Woodhouse), so I was thrilled to get the chance to visit Castle Howard when we were in Yorkshire a few weeks ago.
While a lot of people would love to travel full time, not everyone can afford to, and of course, some people are perfectly happy working full time and making the most of their annual leave. As I’m soon to be one of the latter, I’ve been busy looking at how I can use bank holidays to maximise my time off this year. Here are some of the best options for the year ahead.
Every summer, I like to try and spend a little bit of time with Ben’s family at their house close to Béziers, in the Occitanie region of South West France. One of the simple joys of those holidays is spending a morning wandering around a market, picking out food for lunch and presents for the friends and family back home.
Before visiting Edinburgh for the first time, two years ago, I didn’t know what to expect from it. I certainly wasn’t expecting the beautiful architecture and extremely friendly locals who greeted me. On my first visit, I’d tagged along with Ben, who was working in the city. This meant I had a lot of time to walk around exploring at my own pace. This time around, my favourite travel companion was with me for the duration, and overall, I prefer exploring with him, rather than alone. Alone is fine, and I’d happily do it again, but it is nice to have someone to talk to.
After the success of day one, Bristol had a lot to live up to on our second day of exploration. Street art fans are in for a treat – Banksy grew up in Bristol. With his tongue-in-cheek take on anti-establishment art (both old and new) on display in various places across the city, taking a walking tour sounds like a brilliant way to spend a morning. You can find locations for some of the pieces in this article on the Visit Bristol website, or you could join one of the street are walking tours run by WHERETHEWALL.
Bristol is Southern England’s second largest city (after London), and its rich maritime and social history make it a fascinating place to visit. It became the first city in the UK to win the European Green Capital award in 2015, and is also a Fair-trade City. Oh, and it’s my favourite city in the UK, so I really wanted to share our (fairly) recent visit with you.
I’ve decided that a challenge is in order. Not a particularly challenging one, but a challenge no less. I want to try and take a trip at least once a month for the next year. While I’d like to fit some new places in, I’m also keen to spend time getting reacquainted with some destinations which I haven’t visited recently. I’m not very good at setting dates in stone, so often I find that opportunities pass me by. As exciting as Brighton is, I do want to leave it every now and then!
Tokyo is an amazing place to visit. I couldn’t stop taking photos of random shit. Seriously, I’ve found photos of coke bottles while going through my archives. Below, I’ve put together a slightly more interesting bunch of things which really entertained me while we were there. So here you go – a post dedicated to subway posters and chinbeards.
Having not been to Bath since I was about 10, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I remembered beautiful architecture and doing a spot of Christmas shopping there with my mum, but what was I going to find there this time round? Well, spoiler alert, the shops are still there, but there is so much more that makes this lovely town tick. Here are my tops tips for making the most of your visit.