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    My Own Back Yard

    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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    Travel tales: Jules Verne’s Around the world in 80 days

    For anyone that is fascinated by the steampunk movement, this is the perfect book for you. Journey with Jules Verne’s famous character creations in a proper gentleman’s tale, evoking feelings of good times past by sweeping readers straight into a world of Victoriana. Like Phileas Fogg’s notebook, Around the world in 80 days is a pocket story that travel fans will keep close in their thoughts a long time after reading the last page. We join Phileas on a day like any other. Leaving his new servant Passepartout at home, Mr Fogg visits the Reform club on Pall Mall, London. Here he engages in a game of whist with some…

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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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    Travel Guides

    Christmas capers in Cologne

    Cologne is arguably the best-known of Germany’s Christmas market towns and justifiably so. With no less than seven main markets to explore, Christmas lovers can trail the day away as they trundle merrily from one square to another in the search for Christmas goodies. From old town markets to garden markets to fairytale markets, each one has its own individual theme. Most are located within the city centre and all are accessible by a handy Christmas road train that runs in the busiest part of the season. Markets are understandably busy with a mix of tourists, local shoppers and those soaking up the Christmas atmosphere. I love that the markets…

  • Travel Guides

    Disney Dreams Come True

    Oh Disney! The land of make-believe and fantasy. My first trip to Disney was as an adult and I absolutely loved it. Disney appeals to the child in all of us, but there is plenty to keep the grown-ups amused too. A fantastic mixture of fairytale and futuristic attractions, Disneyland offers entertainment for the adrenalin seekers, the dreamers and the sightseers. The parks are so accessible with plenty of accommodation and transport choices and with various offers and bonuses available, there really is no better time to visit. Disney knows how to look after its guests with its unique themed restaurants, hotels and lodges, catering to families and couples at…