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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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    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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    Solo Adventures in Venice

    Venice is a place where you can learn the meaning of the Italian phrase ‘Dolce far niente’ – the sweetness of doing nothing. It is the place in Italy I have visited most and my favourite location to visit solo. Here is a place you can feel completely anonymous. No-one notices that you are walking around on your own, most are looking down at their mobile apps whilst trying to navigate themselves in the right direction. The rest are trying to get around tourists to find their way as quickly as possible to wherever they are going.  This provides a sort of security for solo travellers who can feel comfortable…

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    Around the World with 80 friends in….Bali

    Located in the Indian Ocean, the tropical island of Bali holds its place as one of the most popular holiday destinations in the World. A diverse combination of volcanic mountains, rice paddies, coral reefs and sandy beaches provide a rich natural backdrop to an array of ancient temples, palatial sanctuaries and spa retreats that are ready and waiting to be explored. In short, Bali has jewels to tempt every type of traveller to its shores. In this piece, The Faraway Bug speaks to Percy to find out what makes the Island of the Gods so memorable… What took you to Bali? It was a spur of the moment holiday booked…

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    Bruges – As pretty as a picture

    Say the name Bruges to anyone and I’m pretty sure one of the first things they think of will be chocolate. Bruges is famed for this confectionery king, but the city itself is something of a medieval marvel. Bruges is without doubt, as pretty as a picture. The streets are lined with idyllic houses and decorative shops. These are connected together by cobbled roads and bridges over a maze of canal waterways running through the city centre. Cars are something of a rarity throughout the centre with pedestrians and carriages drawn by healthy looking horses spilling across the streets. There is plenty to keep history and photography fans occupied in Bruges. The…