Exploring Sussex – a day trip to Lewes

It feels like Sussex is not the most popular English county to visit for a day trip, but there are a couple of places where I would be happy to return to again and again. One of them is the pretty town Lewes with its crooked older dwellings, narrow lanes, and Georgian houses.  The history of Lewes goes back to William the Conqueror who built a wooden castle there.  This…

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10 places in Jersey that will make you want to visit the island

One of the places I wanted to visit since I’ve been living in the UK was the Channel Islands. The main islands are Guernsey and Jersey and they are British Crown dependencies and not part of the United Kingdom.  Jersey was once part of the Duchy of Normandy, whose dukes went on to become the kings of England from 1066. After Normandy was lost by the kings of England in the 13th century, and the ducal title was surrendered to France, Jersey and the other…

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Winter Wonderland in the Cotswolds: English Villages covered in snow

Photographing England in snow has been one of my dreams for years now. Last year in 2018, the one week of snow happened to fall while I was in the middle of South Island of New Zealand so I missed all the fun. This year there were many weeks of constant warnings of imminent snow but nothing happened for weeks. Everyone was anticipating snow in London but there were only light dustings in the north of the city. I was constantly…

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York city break. What to see, where to eat and what to do in one of the prettiest cities in England.

The city of York has retained so much of its medieval structure that walking into its centre is like entering a living museum. Much of the centre is pedestrianized which makes it very easy to explore. York looks like it’s tucked away from London, and very often it’s been ignored as city break destination. It takes about 2 hours to get there by train and an advanced return ticket to…

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Waddesdon Manor – a Perfect Day Trip from London

Waddesdon Manor is hands down one of the most luxurious and splendid country houses in the UK. It’s also not far away from London which makes it a perfect destination for a day trip if you live in the city. The estate is enormous and I’m glad we took our dog with us as there was plenty of space for him to run off his energy. The only downside of…

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16 Reasons to Visit Leeds

Leeds has been on my ‘to visit’ list for quite a while. Before going there all I knew was it that used to be one of the main industrial cities and that’s basically it… However, after spending the weekend exploring Leeds I was pleasantly surprised to find out what Leeds had to offer. Before going into details of what to do and see there, here are some random facts I’ve…

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6 Places to See in Colchester

Colchester is the oldest recorded town in Britain. It was the capital of south-east England when the Romans invaded in AD 43. During the Middle Ages Colchester developed into an important weaving centre. I was interested to see a town with such an old history and decided to go and visit it. Colchester is only an hour away from London. Trains depart from London Liverpool Street station every 10 to…

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Bath in 24 hours: A Complete Itinerary of Things to do

Bath is an irresistibly beautiful city founded by the Romans and is famous for its thermal spa and Georgian architecture. I don’t know why it took me four years of living in England to finally visit this place and fall in love with it. I took an 8:30 am National Express bus from London Victoria and got to Bath in about 2.5 hours. It was a Sunday morning which was the reason…

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