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England

The Saunton Sands Hotel, A Fabulous Family Hotel in North Devon

Although my husband grew up in Devon, he did not know the North Devon coast very well. I had heard the surfing culture was strong and of course there was the lure of Exmoor national park. In terms of luxury hotels in North Devon, we were immediately drawn to the Saunton Sands Hotel for its

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England

Family Days Out in North Devon: A Gnome Reserve Not To Miss

What would you do with 4 acres in North Devon? Artist Anne Atkins created a gnome reserve with more than 2000 garden gnomes – a veritable gnome village if you will.  And, an adjoining wildflower trail (free space for the gnomes to frolic?).  One of the quirkiest places to visit in North Devon, this gnome

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The Magical Lantern Festival, A Chinese Light Festival in London
London

The Magical Lantern Festival, A Chinese Light Festival in London

You can spot the Magical Lantern Festival held at Chiswick House in London from several roads away.  The bright colours in this Chinese light festival mark the inky sky over sleepy Chiswick in a striking gash much like a neon highlighter on paper. The Magical Lantern Festival Although the Magical Lantern Festival in Chiswick is

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Fun facts about the Cornish pasty.
United Kingdom

A Must-Try in Cornwall: Fun Facts About The Cornish Pasty

Everywhere you go in Cornwall in England, you can see a sign for the Cornish pasty.  So I wasn’t surprised to hear that the Cornish pasty industry adds £65 million into Cornwall’s economy. I am a big fan of anything encased in a pastry (Indian samosas, Jamaican patties, American pie etc) so was really looking

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5 Things You Need To Know About Primrose Hill
London

5 Things You Need To Know About Primrose Hill in London

Primrose Hill is one of my favourite neighbourhoods in London.  When we were house-hunting in the area, we were choosing between Primrose Hill and St John’s Wood.  In the end, we choose St John’s Wood because the houses were nicer and it was less of a so-trendy-it-hurts scene.  A disappointed Primrose Hill real estate agent

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River cottage HQ Farm to Table
England

Discovering River Cottage and its Farm-To-Table Fare in England

In the United Kingdom, when you hear River Cottage you immediately think of a posh man with curly brown locks who traded London (aka The Big Smoke) for the rural idyll of the English countryside.  Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is one of the early proponents of farm-to-table fare in England when he set off on his agricultural adventure in

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Minster Lovell Hall
England

The Picturesque Ruins of Minster Lovell Hall

After 530 years, King Richard II is finally getting a burial fit for a former king of England in Leicester this week.  In 2012 his body was found underneath what is now a car park.  He had fallen in a gruesome attack at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 to Henry Tudor.  Quickly buried in

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The Hever Castle & Gardens in Kent England
England

Family Fun at Hever Castle & Gardens in Kent England

Hever Castle is famous for being the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII.  More recently, Hever Castle is renowned for its gorgeous gardens and its family-friendly attractions.  Now run as a private enterprise, we discovered there is lots of family fun to be had at Hever Castle and gardens. Hever

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This Is How The Lord Mayor of London Rolls

The Lord Mayor of London puts on a magnificent spectacle once a year in November called the Lord Mayor’s Show. As with many things in England, the Lord Mayor’s Show is steeped in history.  In 1215 King John (of Magna Carta fame) gave the City of London the right to elect its own mayor in

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Rye In East Sussex, Just So Darn Cute!

A few weeks ago, we meandered our way through the East Sussex countryside with its charming oast houses and rolling hills on the way to Rye.  This formerly-strategic port town is now located 2 miles inland and is part of 1066 country and the lore of William the Conqueror.  I had heard Rye was very

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