Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above

A week ago, the day after our Wedding, myself, Zack and his Dad (my new Father-in-law!) took a hike up Arthurs Seat in Edinburgh for this and other amazing views over the city. Our apartment rental actually overlooked the mountain and its situation in Holyrood Park – we could not have asked for a better location. image

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above

Wanderlust Wednesday: Royal Pavilion, Brighton

Once again I apologize for my shameful lack of posts. This time in two weeks I will be spending my last night as a Holder before becoming a Allnutt. Once the wedding is over regular blog posts will resume. For such a small wedding it is amazing how many things still seem to need doing! Anyway, to this weeks location, two pictures this week!

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Brightons Royal Pavilion is now as much associated with the city as its beach however when some people I know saw photos of me in front of it they asked when I had been to India – no they were not joking but they cannot be blamed, if you do not know of its location then one would well assume it is Indian.

The pavilion was deigned by the Prince Regent who wanted to create a residence more opulent than anything ever known. All the interior decorations and furnishings were oriental in origin and shipped over to England at great expense. After his death Queen Victoria whom is rumored to have disliked Brighton and the pavilion sold it to the city. The building was stripped of its lavish interior and used as assembly rooms. After the second world war the pavilion was restored to its original appearance during its ownership by the Prince.

The pavilion and its parkland is now a very popular attraction and draws in excess of a million visitors every year. When I was there last summer we used the gardens as a place to cool down, it made a lovely setting. The Pavilion is one if Britains most unusual buildings and is a must-see for anyone coming to the city.

Wanderlust Wednesday: Bruges, Belgium

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I have been told there are not enough photos of us on the blog so this week I have used a photo that includes me – eek. The location is one of my favourite cities. Zack and I spent a very enjoyable day wandering around and then we had dinner and wild camped in the big car park just outside the centre in our old camper van. I seem to recall the only money we spent there was on chocolate waffles.

Bruges is a World Heritage Site (I seem to have been to a lot of these) and is famous for its lace and chocolate; I was far more interested in the latter. Having not been to Amsterdam I was amazed at the amount of cyclists around, cars are actually required to give way to them and pedestrians. Bruges literally has interesting sights on over turn and is a must for anyone making a trip to Europe.

Wanderlust Wednesday: Castle Combe, Wiltshire

Firstly an apology for the lack of posts recently, in the last couple of weeks we have been to Wales, Cornwall and visited relatives around the south. At the same time I have been putting last-minute arrangements to our wedding which is now less than a month away. As a result I have had barely enough time to wash my hair let alone post on the blog! Today before we embark on our latest housesit in Leicestershire I actually have some time to myself so here is Wanderlust Wednesday.

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Walking around Castle Combe is like stepping back in time, it is no wonder it has been used as a location for films Stardust and War Horse. The village is full of listed buildings and contains one of the few medieval clocks still in use. It is very easy to take amazing photos here, on the day we went I filled my SD card very quickly as wherever you walked could have been turned into a postcard.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime

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The amazing lunch I had at The Nosebag cafe in Oxford. This is vegetable quiche, waldorf salad, noodles and cucumber. I am a really big salad lover so appreciate anywhere that has numerous salads as side options. Highly recommended for vegetarians and vegans – there are even vegan puddings.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime

Wanderlust Wednesday: St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall

After the last location being Mont Saint-Michel this time we have the English counterpart.

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Over the centuries the Mount has been a fortress, a priory, a place of worship and finally a family home which it remains today. In 1954 the family went into partnership with the National Trust and the Mount has been open to visitors ever since. It has been used as Dracula’s castle in the 1979 film and has also made appearances in Johnny English and Never Say Never Again. A lot of the fun is getting there, depending on the tides you either can wade over on the causeway or go by boat. When Zack and I visited we were one of the last to leave by walking back, it was a lot of fun even though at one point the water was above our knees.

Adventures in making money travel blogging (sarcasm)

How travel blogging enriched our lives and bank balances…

When writing a travel blog everything must always be amazing and life changing. You do not want your readers to think that anything ever goes wrong on the marvelous journey you are taking. Visit as many countries as possible, remember it is all about quantity – being able to say I have visited 5,4543 countries by the age of 25 automtically means you will be better than those who haven’t. Here is my list on how to have a sucessful, money-making travel blog:

1. Comment on every post by every travel blogger with lots of followers.
2. As soon as possible get loads of adverts on your site.
3. Write a re-hashed version of the same post that appears on hundreds of other blogs – best beaches in Thailand is always a great one!
4. Tweet every five seconds, everyone in the entire world must know you have written a new post so you can have thousands of followers.
5. Huge amounts of followers means you are likely to get given free trips by companies! With these free trips you write sponsored posts saying how wonderful a hotel/trip is (even if it wasn’t).
6. Do not forget the importance of an e-book – perhaps one on house sitting despite you doing all of one houses sit (the readers do not have to know).
7. Act like you are a expert on everything travel.

The above is of course sarcasm. I have nothing against people trying to make money from their blogs but so often I’ve come across ones who are at best fake and worst plain nasty. I desperately need to find myself more travel blogs written by the sort of people I wouldn’t want to throw a drink over. Recommendations please.

Disclaimer – No travel bloggers were harmed in the making of this post.

 

Adventures in being internetless

For the last few days I have been severely limiting my time on the internet, hence why I have not posted anything new on the blog since last Friday. The reason for this is that Zack and I are off to Wales for four days tomorrow. We are going to stay in a converted railway cabin in the middle of the Brecon Beacons, the cabin is essentially off-grid as it has no electricity or mobile reception. It will be a bit like when we travel in the camper van but more luxurious and has the wonderful additional benefit of a shower. My limited internet experiment has actually been rather interesting… Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

Whilst visiting Kingston Lacy house in Dorset a couple of years ago I was desperate for shade – I am incredibly pale and thus burn easily. Thankfully there was a very big tree in the grounds which I was able to take refuge under. I was very taken with the details of this trees branches, luckily it was positioned in such a way that I was able to photograph it and the house together. I have always considered this one of my favourite photos and I feel it is perfect for this weeks challenge.

Kingston Lacy was the home of the Bankes family, they previously lived in Corfe Castle (also in Dorset) which was captured during the English Civil War. The house was built between 1663 and 1665. Out of the many National Trust properties I have been too this one has the most rooms open and is incredibly well-run.
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

Wanderlust Wednesday: Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy

Getting out of England and heading over the channel to France this week.

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Mont Saint-Michel, one of the most visited attractions in France. Long disputed between Brittany and Normandy as to which department it originally was in, the river which has altered course is the stem of their arguments. The Mont and the bay it lies within are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was the inspiration for the city of Minas Tirith in The Lord of the Rings. Entry to the Mont itself is free but the car parking charges are astronomical so we parked in a hotel car park about 20 minutes walk down the D976 instead. We visited in August when it was ridiculously hot and crowded, having been before in April I would recommend the latter.