• French quarter of New orleans
    Global Guides

    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…

  • La Nouvelle Orleans
    Global Guides

    New Orleans – 48 hours in The Big Easy

    New Orleans was one of the biggest surprises of my six week tour of the USA. From friends visiting for Mardi Gras to the destruction on the news from Hurricane Katrina and books set against the backdrop of the city, I had heard a lot of stories. A heady mix of cultures, jazz and southern hospitality was on the cards and I couldn’t wait to see New Orleans for myself.   My tour of Louisiana had started in Lafayette, the most humid place I have ever been in my life. Home to some very ancient looking and pretty large dino-bugs, which love to hide in corners of tent folds by the…

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    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…

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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…

  • English Christmas Market
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    Get into the Christmas spirit for free!

    Anyone that knows me well knows how much I love Christmastime.  It is so easy to get carried away with the consumer side, but we all know that this is not what Christmas is really about. There are so many ways we can be involved and get to the heart and the meaning of Christmas, that there really is no excuse for anyone to miss out on some festive fun.  So dust off those Santa hats and hunt out the cookie cutters, we are on the home stretch…here are some extra ways to get into the Christmas spirit for free! Join in – Every town and village has a Christmas…