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    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…

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    Making time for travel – Musings from Faraway

    The more and more I see of the world, the more I realise that a lot of people out there don’t make time for themselves a priority. While the rewards of grinding that “work” grindstone make us smile on payday, unless you love your job, the everyday reality of job-land for the rest of the month could be robbing you of something far more valuable…joy. We are all told of the importance of self-care in our hectic daily lives and I fully accept the concept but believe it exists in two elements, daily care and ongoing fulfilment. We need to be healthy both inside and out to go about our…

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    My Own Back Yard

    How to spend a day in Oxford

    Have you ever gone somewhere new and felt like this is exactly where you supposed to be at that moment in time? That is what happened to me after I found myself in Oxford on a spontaneous day trip earlier this year. I had always wanted to visit the city that was the setting for so many stories I have read and place of education for so many people I admire. I had a very short list of places to visit (one), but what I experienced in that one day was a whole lot more than I ever expected. Come with me and take a turn around the City of Spires…

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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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    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…