• Marine Corps war memorial
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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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    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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    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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    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…

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    Genoa the Great

    My visit to Genoa coincidentally was the week before the news of the major bridge collapse on the outskirts echoed around the world. The city has had some bad press this last year. None the less, Genoa or Genova has a lot to share with travellers searching for a slice of Italy past. This long ago commercial capital has so many delights to please visitors old and young, and those skipping Genoa are really doing themselves a disservice by missing out on this captivating destination.  Located in North-west Italy, Genoa is the capital city of the Liguria region and the supposed birthplace of famous explorer, Christopher Columbus. The city’s sloping…