• Battle Abbey
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    Battle Abbey

    Have you ever had a day where so many things go wrong that you want to laugh and cry with disbelief at the same time? Whilst Battle was a worthy place to spend my time, I originally had intentions to visit two other places on the day’s trip. Unfortunately things went brilliantly wrong and I was at the point of frustrated exhaustion by the time the train pulled into Battle. Read more about this in Lessons from a Greedy travel day. In the meantime, let’s get back to Battle. Located in East Sussex, the village of Battle sits in the heart of what is known as 1066 country. Full of…

  • A view of Edinburgh beyond the Robert Burns tribute
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    Edinburgh – A literary guide

    One of Edinburgh’s many assets is its link to some of the literary greats, both past and present. Edinburgh has definitely seen its fair share of academic achievement with schools, statues and monuments recognising those of the highest worth. In this final look at Scotland’s capital city, we take a look at some of the writers to grace the Royal Mile. Sir Walter Scott – The largest tribute in Edinburgh and in the world for a writer was created for Sir Walter Scott. A multi-talented writer, Scott had interests in history, poetry play and novel writing with many of his books still thought of as classic works of literature. Scott was also…

  • Edinburgh park views
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    Edinburgh – A magical guide

    Welcome back to our Edinburgh series with a spellbinding guide to the magical side of this fantastic capital city. Edinburgh is marked as one of the most haunted places in the world. So where can we find these beasties, ghouls and ghosts?  The Faraway Bug grabbed a torch before heading out to explore.. Edinburgh certainly has its fair share of alleyways and graveyards for those seeking the supernatural. The South Bridge vaults and Niddry Street are known for the high level of paranormal activity that visitors experience there, with some being pushed, having their hair pulled or hit by mystery items. It is thought to be the hunting ground of notorious…

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    How to spend a day in Oxford

    Have you ever gone somewhere new and felt like this is exactly where you supposed to be at that moment in time? That is what happened to me after I found myself in Oxford on a spontaneous day trip earlier this year. I had always wanted to visit the city that was the setting for so many stories I have read and place of education for so many people I admire. I had a very short list of places to visit (one), but what I experienced in that one day was a whole lot more than I ever expected. Come with me and take a turn around the City of Spires…

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    The Ivy: An Icon

    Sitting under a bar centrepiece which is gold and glitters, with champagne and fresh flavoured cocktails, I felt like an elegant lady about town surrounded by glamour. And that is just it, the Art Deco decor at The Ivy In The Lanes reels guests back to the time of palm trees, fans and cut crystal chandeliers. It is a picture F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby characters would not look out of place in.  Despite the dance of the waiters busy at work, there is something unrushed about the dining experience here. The airy, lit dining area with beautiful botanical designs, muted windows and luscious greenery give the impression of a vintage…