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    In love with lovely Lucca

    Lucca is a city sprung up from Italy’s earth. This fascinating Tuscan city encapsulates some of the most influential periods in history while maintaining the quiet, off the beaten track appearance that is a well-known trait of the region. As the birthplace of Puccini, this is a city famed for its inhabitants as much as its setting and I couldn’t wait to get exploring. Once inside the Renaissance walls that circle the city centre, it feels as if you have stepped upon a great secret. Sandy coloured buildings rise up ahead mixed with deep reddish brown ones and narrow streets invite you to wander further into the maze. In spite…

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    My Own Back Yard

    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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    My Own Back Yard

    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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    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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    My Own Back Yard

    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…