• Battle Abbey
    My Own Back Yard

    Battle Abbey

    Have you ever had a day where so many things go wrong that you want to laugh and cry with disbelief at the same time? Whilst Battle was a worthy place to spend my time, I originally had intentions to visit two other places on the day’s trip. Unfortunately things went brilliantly wrong and I was at the point of frustrated exhaustion by the time the train pulled into Battle. Read more about this in Lessons from a Greedy travel day. In the meantime, let’s get back to Battle. Located in East Sussex, the village of Battle sits in the heart of what is known as 1066 country. Full of…

  • French quarter of New orleans
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    Tales of Terror from New Orleans

    New Orleans reminds me of a cat with nine lives. It has survived so many disasters and the city rises today upon layers and layers of its historical past. The residents of New Orleans love their unique city and revel in its supernatural atmosphere. Ghost tours are a popular pastime and guides relay tales and legends so whole-heartedly, it was impossible not to get caught up in the dark world woven around you. I don’t pretend that the following tales are 100% fact, but are very entertaining and at least in part based on real life. So sit back with a glass of liquor on a bar porch. Hear the…

  • A view of Edinburgh beyond the Robert Burns tribute
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    Edinburgh – A literary guide

    One of Edinburgh’s many assets is its link to some of the literary greats, both past and present. Edinburgh has definitely seen its fair share of academic achievement with schools, statues and monuments recognising those of the highest worth. In this final look at Scotland’s capital city, we take a look at some of the writers to grace the Royal Mile. Sir Walter Scott – The largest tribute in Edinburgh and in the world for a writer was created for Sir Walter Scott. A multi-talented writer, Scott had interests in history, poetry play and novel writing with many of his books still thought of as classic works of literature. Scott was also…

  • Edinburgh park views
    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…

  • Marine Corps war memorial
    Travel Guides

    USA – Washington’s Monuments

    It has been a little while since I visited the USA Capital city, but it still lingers strong in my memory. Considering its political and military importance, I thought they would be a very high army presence and did not expect the wide, clean streets and open parks. I was pleasantly surprised at how safe and at home I felt in Washington D.C. It is a place I would not hesitate to go back to if the opportunity arose. Washington has so much to offer the curious tourist. As far as museums go, visitors are in for an absolute treat with the brilliant Smithsonian museums offering a window into global…