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As one of Europe’s largest wildlife conservation parks (also known to us commoners as a zoo), ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is one of the two zoos operated by the Zoological Society of London with the other zoo located in central London. For a city zoo, the London Zoo is a decent day out…
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There’s no easier place to find picturesque things to do than in Crieff, Scotland. In fact, you’ll have a hard time finding things to do in Crieff that aren’t filled with beautiful landscapes. This market town in Perth and Kinross is an oasis of stunning natural beauty, friendly people, and…
Clayton Hotel Belfast Review 32
Belfast, Northern Ireland’s capital and home to culture, history, attractions, and a growing nightlife scene, was our first stop on our trip to Northern Ireland this past summer. As the years have gone by and I’ve gotten further and further away from student life and find myself firmly planted in…
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This post may contain affiliate links. It’s no surprise that part of the Lake District‘s beauty comes from all the rains it receives. Thankfully, there’s no lack of things to do in the Lake District when it rains, nor is there a problem with finding things to do in Cumbria…
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In a country seemingly full of places that look the same (sometimes I feel like once I’ve seen one English countryside village, I’ve seen them all), the Lake District stands out as one of our favorite places to getaway. It’s a four to five hour drive from London, making it…
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If you’re into fish and chips, American-style diners, or bright roadside signs, you’re going to want to read this Thorpey’s Fish and Chips review where I tell the story of how one freezing cold November night in the middle of nowhere guided us to this awesome English experience. So a…
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Particularly for international travelers, one of the really cool things about visiting London is its proximity to wonderful castles. Around the world, England has a history closely associated with knights, castles, and the age of chivalry. And even though that chapter of history has been fictionalized to a great extent,…
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Over the August bank holiday weekend, Guy told me that he was going to teach me how to rock pool. Being a native Floridian used to vast sandy beaches, I didn’t really know what he meant. We’re going to go look at some rocks? We’re going to go collect some…
Le Blaireau Careys Manor Dessert
During our recent stay at Careys Manor (read my review here,) we got to experience a three-course dinner at its on-site French restaurant, Le Blaireau. Access to the restaurant is both from within the hotel, as well as this cute entrance outside for regular dining guests. I chose Le Blaireau for…
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Imagine a world where ponies run wild right outside your window, a relaxing spa looks out to grass fields and breakfast can be eaten in your slippers and bathrobe. Now stop imagining, because whatever you’ve come up with in your head is nowhere near as good as the real thing…
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