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A guide to skiing in St Moritz, Switzerland

10 March 2018
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I’ve recently returned from a week long ski holiday in St Moritz, Switzerland. It was my second time staying at this resort, although my first visit was pre-blog so I never wrote a post about it. I’ve got to know St Moritz fairly well now so here’s my guide to skiing at this resort… About St Moritz Located in Switzerland’s Engadin valley, St Moritz is the oldest winter sports resort in the world...

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Capital Ring Walk Sections 1 & 2 - Woolwich to Falconwood to Grove Park

20 February 2018
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I have been continuing with my resolution to complete the Capital Ring walk in 2018. I covered sections 13-15 in my previous post and now I’m going to show some of the highlights from sections 1 and 2. Section 1: Woolwich to Falconwood Distance: 7 miles (11.2 kilometres) We pick up the trail where we left off last time, at the southern end of the Woolwich Foot Tunnel. This is one of the longest sections of the Capital Ring so come prepared with water, snacks and comfy shoes...

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Highlights from the Capital Ring Walk: Sections 13-15

28 January 2018
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One of my goals for 2018 is to complete the Capital Ring Walk, a 78 mile circular walking route around London. The walk is broken up into 15 sections, each being between 4-8 miles long. You can start at any point along the route, I started with the last sections first since I live in East London and these are the closest to where I live. They also happen to be some of the shorter sections of the Capital Ring, so it was a nice way to ease into it...

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Visiting St Paul's Cathedral After Hours - Reformation Lates

14 January 2018
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St Paul’s Cathedral is one of my favourite places in London. With it’s iconic dome, awe-inspiring interior and panoramic views, I think it’s a must-see for anyone visiting the city. Normally you’re not allowed to take photographs inside the cathedral, so when I heard about these special late openings where they would be allowing photography, I immediately snapped up tickets. The Reformation of the 16th century was a series of events by which the Church of England broke away from the Roman Catholic Church...

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Three things to do in a day in Bordeaux

6 January 2018
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After our stay in Saint-Emilion we had about 24 hours to spend in the city of Bordeaux. I would have liked a little more time but we still managed to fit in most of what we wanted to see. If you’re short on time, here are my three favourite things to do in Bordeaux. Climb the Pey-Berland Tower I always seek out a high vantage point in any city I visit, and the Pey-Berland Tower has the best view in Bordeaux...

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Review: Château Hôtel Grand Barrail, France

26 December 2017
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While looking at accommodation options in Bordeaux I came across Château Hôtel Grand Barrail. This 19th-century Château is just 3km outside Saint-Émilion and after seeing the photos we decided we had to spend a couple of nights here during our trip. Château Hôtel Grand Barrail is one of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World - a collection of over 500 small, independent luxury hotels. We’ve previously stayed at another hotel in this group, Luton Hoo, so our expectations were high...

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What to see and do in Saint-Émilion, France

18 December 2017
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I had a couple of holiday days to use before starting my new job in October, so we booked a trip to Bordeaux after finding some cheap flights. In addition to exploring the city of Bordeaux we took the opportunity to visit the medieval town of Saint-Émilion, renowned for it’s wine production. Many people visit Saint-Émilion via an organised day trip from Bordeaux but we wanted to explore the town at our own pace without being herded onto a coach with a big group of people...

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Day trips from London: Knebworth House

2 December 2017
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I finally crossed Knebworth House off my Historic Houses Association bucket list on their last open day of 2017. Located near Stevenage in Hertfordshire, this stately home is just over an hour away from London, making it ideal for a day trip. On the day I visited, access to the house was via guided tour only. The first tour had already filled up when I arrived so spent some time checking out the house exterior while I waited for the next tour...

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Open House London 2017

25 November 2017
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Open House is one of my favourite events in London. For one weekend, members of the public can visit over 800 buildings in the capital for free. It’s a fantastic opportunity to have a snoop inside places which are not normally accessible. Here are the places I was able to visit during this year’s event: One Canada Square This skyscraper in Canary Wharf used to be the tallest building the UK, until it was surpassed by the Shard...

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Taking a ride on London's Mail Rail

18 November 2017
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The Mail Rail was a small underground railway that operated in London from 1927 until 2003. The network spanned 6.5 miles from Paddington to Whitechapel, carrying millions of letters daily between the city’s mail sorting stations. The Royal Mail shut down the railway when the running costs became significantly more expensive than using road transport, but thanks to the brand new Postal Museum the Mail Rail is running once more...