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    Out of the blue – Musings from Faraway

    We have all come across travel threads with questions that seem a little strange. It might have been about the oddball hot topic of the moment or something that seems completely off the wall. What were your thoughts? While roaming about online recently, I came across one such thread on one of my regular travel groups. The question was from a traveller asking about the safety of a location following reports of attacks on tourists in the last few months. It seemed like a case of some simple reassurance and I was surprised to see the negative comments from other members directed at the enquirer. As a long-time traveller, I…

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    Petworth House and Deer Park

    I have been exploring the deer park at Petworth ever since I was a little girl. It was a Sunday treat to visit with groups of family as we took dog walks and picnics and tried to spot the fallow deer grazing amongst the trees. As I have aged my interest spread to the house of which the grounds belong and a year or two ago I took my first tour of the grand building itself. Constructed in 17th century, Petworth House has passed through generations of one family with the current descendants living in the private apartments today. Full of artworks and stunning interiors, the family’s fondness for the arts…

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    Around the World with 80 Friends in…..Egypt

    Egypt has certainly had its ups and downs as a holiday destination. Until recently tourists flocked to the area to visit the famous Giza pyramids and cruise along the River Nile. While resorts are now considered the best option for overseas guests, Egypt has so much to offer history-lovers, adventurers and sun-seekers alike. The Faraway Bug meets Holly Day to find out more…    What took you to Egypt? For me it was the guaranteed sunshine and warm temperatures. What was life like there? The day rotates around the beach there. Most guests are at their hotel resorts during the day and enjoying the nightlife in the evenings. A lot…

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    Get into the Christmas spirit for free!

    Anyone that knows me well knows how much I love Christmastime.  It is so easy to get carried away with the consumer side, but we all know that this is not what Christmas is really about. There are so many ways we can be involved and get to the heart and the meaning of Christmas, that there really is no excuse for anyone to miss out on some festive fun.  So dust off those Santa hats and hunt out the cookie cutters, we are on the home stretch…here are some extra ways to get into the Christmas spirit for free! Join in – Every town and village has a Christmas…

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    Festive fun in Dusseldorf

    All hail to the world of Christmas! With magic, mince pies and mayhem for the masses, Christmas markets pull in hundreds of thousands of visitors every year all on the search for the best gifts and decorations their pennies can buy. For me, this festive time has always been about winding down and spending time with people I care about plus a little bit of sparkle. Like most I indulge at this time of year, but my indulgence is to surround myself with as much Christmas spirit as possible either by making decorations, baking, listening to yuletide tunes, (okay singing badly to yuletide tunes) or following my elf-like nose to…