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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…

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    Edinburgh – A royal guide

    Many monarchs have had a fondness for Scotland throughout the centuries and in Edinburgh, there are symbols of these royal relationships everywhere. Among the city’s elegant street of towns both old and young, sit memorials and monuments to the Kings and Queens of the past. Edinburgh Castle has been a royal home for over 1000 years set upon Castle Rock. It is not yet known how far back the first inhabitants settled here with estimates currently dating back to the 1st century AD. St Margaret’s Chapel sits in grace within the citadel walls as the oldest known building in Edinburgh and the birthplace of King James VI and I of…

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    Edinburgh – A historical guide

    If there is anywhere that could rival Oxford as the City of spires, it would be Edinburgh. The Scottish Capital has a history spanning centuries, with layer upon layer of streets that guide you through the city’s lifeline. It would be impossible for me to cover every facet of this sensational location. However I will try to pinpoint the aspects that stood out to me in four different Edinburgh guides and here..is the first one. Enjoy! Edinburgh’s old and modern town exist side by side, reminiscent of many continental cities.  With a station valley in the middle, the Georgian new town rises up on one side blending into the elder…

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    Around the World with 80 friends in…Hawaii

    Hawaii is one of those dream destinations. A tropical blend of palm beaches, volcanic mountains and jungle forests, there is plenty to occupy tourists in the island’s natural surroundings. Hawaii is somewhere that is on most bucket lists, but what makes it such a popular choice? The Faraway Bug spoke to friend Amy to find out more about this idyllic location… What took you to Hawaii? A stressful experience which involved missing a flight back from Canada, finding a new ticket back to the UK that day for only £200. I got on that plane and it was grounded in Iceland overnight due to a broken toilets! I received 5…

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    Around the World with 80 friends in….Iceland

    The land of snow and ice has long held a fascination for millions around the globe. Well known for its stunning landscapes and natural wonders, Iceland also remains the most popular destination for those seeking a view of the phenomenal Aurora Borealis. What else can you expect to find here? The Faraway Bug talks to friend Jill to find out more…. What took you to Iceland? It was my husband’s 30th birthday. We both wanted to go to Iceland, it looked like a special place even in the cold, so pretty in pictures. What was life like there? It was quite quiet. We stayed in Selfoss which is outside of…