• A view of Edinburgh beyond the Robert Burns tribute
    My Own Back Yard

    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…

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    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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    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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    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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    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…