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    Unleash the child in you

    There’s a magical place, we’re on our way there, with toys in their millions, all under one roof; it’s called… Well sadly Toys’R’Us don’t need that catchy little ditty any more, but perhaps the new Lego house could use it instead. Billund, Denmark; the home of Lego. Nearly 90 years ago the founding family of Lego started their business, first as carpenters, then wooden toy makers, and then moving with the times into plastic. They weren’t the first to do a plastic brick, and doubtless they won’t be the last, but they are the best, and it would take something very special to change that. The Lego House is a…

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    Roadtripping in Denmark

    For those of you that don’t know, James and I are getting married at the end of May and the planning/preparing/stressing is in full force. Time is always running away from us but when you have an impending wedding that you’re planning and doing almost every detail yourselves, you wish you could put the brakes on and turn the speedometer down a notch. As I don’t have a scar on my forehead or wear a pair of round framed glasses, I won’t be performing any spells to rewind time. Anyway, I digress. So with little time to plan our wedding, James and I decided to take a trip to Denmark.…

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    Things to do in Barcelona

    With last year’s British Summer being a bit of washout, James and I decided we needed some sun and booked a short trip to Barcelona. I had been to Barcelona a few years ago and loved it, whereas it was the first time for James but I knew it was just what we needed. If you’re decidedly fed-up with Winter and in need of some spring getaway inspiration, hopefully this blog post can help. Barcelona is a fun city that has everything; beautiful weather, amazing architecture with interesting history, a great food scene and all within a stone’s throw from the beach. Living in this city locals must lead a…

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    St Lucia, The Caribbean

    After a rubbish start to the year, James and I wanted to get away to somewhere we could recharge the batteries, soak up some sunshine and completely switch off. We wanted something last minute and in April it meant we needed to go long haul. After listing our requirements to the travel agent, they suggested St Lucia and we happily agreed. Within four weeks of booking we were on our way, saying goodbye to the dreary English weather (that had forecast snow whilst we were away) and preparing our bodies for some serious relaxation. The island of St Lucia is pretty small, approximately 43km long by 22km wide, you’d think…

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    Pretty Prague Part 2

    Sometimes a week seems a long time to spend in a city, however there is so much to see and do in Prague that we could easily have stayed longer. Our next stop was to the Technical Museum, something James’ dad had recommended. It took us a while to find it but eventually we got there and spent the whole morning exploring several floors of old and new technical advances that had been made through the centuries. After lots of reading and walking around the museum, we worked up quite an appetite so made our way back into the centre for our favourite type of food. James’ ‘hurry up and…

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    Pretty Prague Part 1

    James and I had heard very good things about Prague. Both of our parents had visited and fallen for it’s charm so when we decided to squeeze in one last holiday last year, we knew exactly where we were going. At the end of September we had two weddings over two back-to-back weekends over in Essex and Norwich, we decided that the week in between would be the perfect time to plan our trip for. When it came round to it the packing proved somewhat difficult; trying to decide what to wear to two weddings and one that is a week away is a little tricky but we succeeded in…

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    First ever Cotswold Bucket List celebrates the quirkier side of the Cotswolds

    Britain’s best service station, a forerunner to the Olympic Games where men kick each other in the shins and a festival that celebrates the humble onion are just some of the entries in the first ever Cotswold Bucket List. The collection of the 100 must-see, must-do and must-experience things that visitors should do when visiting the region was compiled through nominations made by Cotswold residents. The ultimate insider’s guide, The Cotswold Bucket List highlights some of the region’s more unusual hidden gems – including secret woodland walks, microbreweries, the best photographic viewpoints and even a rally school – rather than recommending the traditional tourist offerings that many associate with the…

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    Eye opening experiences in Krakow, Poland

    I had wanted to visit Poland for some time, mainly due to the fact I had studied the Holocaust at GCSE History and the atrocities at Auschwitz; I felt I needed to visit the scene of so many crimes instead of just reading about it in books. We had lovely days of sunshine throughout our visit to Poland, however on the day of our trip out to Auschwitz we had snow. This, along with the drop in temperature only added to the ambiance and the sheer disbelief that these crimes were ever committed. The tour is a very harrowing and chilling experience but nothing can prepare you for the distressing collection…

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    Expectations exceeded in Krakow, Poland

    Our trip to Krakow was a big surprise – I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting but perhaps naively I had low expectations, when in fact every part of our trip exceeded expectations. We had visited back in March (very delayed post) and arrived mid afternoon. After a couple of hours on the flight, then a bus journey to the city centre, we were keen to do a bit of walking. We dropped our bags off at our hotel and did some exploring to get our bearings. We stopped for a hot drink at a quirky cafe down a hidden pathway. It was incredibly cold when we arrived, warming beverages…

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    Palaces and Kittens in Marrakech

    After a day of quad biking in the desert we made use of the hotel spa and treated ourselves to a relaxing massage first thing. Slightly different to how they’re done here in the fact that their hands go everywhere. Apparently there are no boundaries in Moroccan massaging. Later that day we headed to the Medina for a spot of lunch. James had done some research into recommended places to eat for dinner the night before, however in the maze of the souks we couldn’t find it. Luckily, we came up trumps the following day. A roof top restaurant away from the madness on one of the more sunnier days of our…