England

Breakfast with a view at Duck and Waffle, London

Imagine being served up a unique breakfast, cooked by a Michelin star chef, whilst enjoying the panoramic views of a great city. It wouldn’t be a bad start to the day, would it? Duck and Waffle is the UK’s highest restaurant, situated on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower, in Bishopsgate; just a short walk from Liverpool Street station. in central London...

A weekend wander to Brighton, England

On the surface, Brighton looks like your ordinary British seaside town. It has a beach, with cute little deck chairs, a pier, amusement arcades, and places to pig out on fish and chips. However, Brighton has redeveloped itself, away from the traditional seaside resort, and has a bit of a quirky side, with its cute little lanes, alternative shops, and artsy scene...

A weekend wander to Arundel, West Sussex

Arundel sounds like it should be in France, or mainland Europe. It sounds positively continental, and just rolls off the tongue like melted butter. It isn’t though, it is a little market town, in West Sussex, in the South East of England, and was the destination of choice for my weekend wander last weekend. When I think of England; what often comes to mind is...

A Weekend Wander to Hever Castle, Kent

Summer has arrived and is firmly underway in the UK, and with that, many people jet off on their 1 or 2 week breaks to Europe or further afield. However, you don’t always have to jet off to faraway lands to discover something new, or different. Something amazing can be found on your doorstep. Living back in England, and having recently moved to the South East...

Buying a car, as a traveller

This post isn’t so much about travel, or about what amazingly wonderful, or exotic country I have been to. It is about something which most people would consider normal, or part of ‘regular life, but is a huge step for me. Today, I bought and picked up a new car; something I mentioned I was doing in a previous post about ‘settling down’ (or...

A Weekend Wander to Haddon Hall, Derbyshire

I previously have written about the time I spent in Bakewell, in Derbyshire, when I returned home for a short visit. It is such a quaint wee village town, where the famous Bakewell tart was born. Set amongst the Derbyshire hills, it is easily accessible from larger towns and cities such as Derby, Chesterfield and Sheffield. Recently, I went to catch up with a friend...

A new direction for life in a rucksack

Sometimes it takes slowing down, to realise how much of a crazy ride you’ve been on. When I was younger, I loved roller coasters; the more daring the better. You could hang me upside down and spin me round as fast as possible, and I’d still scream ‘faster, faster’. I loved the thrill, buzz and excitement. I’d go on the most dangerous...

A Weekend Wander to Shakespeare Country, England

William Shakespeare, is probably the World’s most famous Poet and Play writer, so famous in fact, he has a country named after him. Well – sort of!  This past weekend, I got to visit it. Where is Shakespeare Country? South of Birmingham, North of Oxford, and nestled beside the Cotswolds is an area colloquially known as Shakespeare Country. It is not a...

Climbing to the top of Monument, London

When I was a child, I can recall the nursery rhyme song “London’s burning”. The lyrics were a simple four lines, repeated over and over again. It went like so: “London’s burning, London’s burning Fetch the engines, Fetch the engines. Fire, Fire! Fire, Fire!  Pour on water, Pour on water.” At the time, I had no idea of the...

Alternative breakfasts in London

They say Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and I wholeheartedly agree. I love breakfast;  I often think about what I’ll have for breakfast, when I am going to bed. I also love dining out for breakfast. I love finding new places to indulge in a cooked breakfast, to set me up for the day. Having lived in London, for the past three months, the one thing...

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