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Legging it!

Legging it!

Oct 18, 2018

It turns out that “legging it” has a rather different meaning around these parts. Today we visited Stoke Bruerne, in Northamptonshire. This pretty little village is right on the Grand Union Canal. It is at the southern end of the Blisworth Tunnel. There is a nice pub called The Navigation and a whole series of

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A double high tide and Porchester Castle

A double high tide and Porchester Castle

Oct 9, 2018

Around Portsmouth and Southampton there is a phenomena that I have never seen before. There is a double high tide. The tide comes in, goes out a little bit and then comes in again before going out properly. Apparently, it is all to do with this area being half way along the English Channel. All

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Becoming “Live-aboards” for a few days.

Becoming “Live-aboards” for a few days.

Oct 7, 2018

This morning we officially became “Live-aboards”. This is our first morning waking up to the wonders of living on a barge on Portsmouth Harbour. The seabirds are feeding on the rising tide. A family of local swans are gliding by and the morning sun is lighting up the yachts. In the distance, is Portsmouth and

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Learning new things at Knightshayes and Killerton

Learning new things at Knightshayes and Killerton

Oct 5, 2018

You never know quite what you are going to learn when when you visit a National Trust property. Today was all about Ludites, suffragists, suffragettes, ladybirds and a bear. We were visiting Knightshayes  and Killerton in Devon. So stunning walled gardens, very impressive houses, woodland walks and a very tasty National Trust lunch were also

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Our top ten tips for Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro

Our top ten tips for Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro

Oct 3, 2018

As we travelled from Vienna to Kotor, there are a few lessons that we learned along the way. If you are planning a trip around the region, here are our top ten tips for Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. Crossing borders You are inevitably going to cross borders from time to time. We travelled in

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A Very English Day Out

A Very English Day Out

Oct 2, 2018

We have a long list of “English” things that we want to do while we are here. Pretty close to the top of the list, is lunch at an English country pub. Then we heard about a pub that was only open at lunch time and only accessible if you walked there. How could we

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Arriving in Venice

Arriving in Venice

Sep 29, 2018

Sometimes when we travel, we come across a better way of doing something. It is not always the obvious way. So it is fun to pass on what we have discovered. Arriving in Venice is one of these “finds”. A couple of years ago we were coming to Venice from Milan and we arrived on

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A few hours to explore Venice.

A few hours to explore Venice.

Sep 27, 2018

With just a few hours to explore Venice, we decided that we would let her show us her beauty, rather than having a detailed plan. We flew in this morning from Split and we are staying at a hotel near the airport, ready for our flight to Bristol in the morning. Our hotel manager had

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A walk of little churches and huge views in Split.

A walk of little churches and huge views in Split.

Sep 26, 2018

Right next door to Split town is Park Suma Marjan. It covers the whole peninsular and we had been told to give it a try as the view of Split was very good. As it turned out, the views were more than good. They were huge and we had a spectacular 3 hour walk of

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A big wedding in Split – or not!

A big wedding in Split – or not!

Sep 24, 2018

Our AirBnB hosts and hostesses have been a fantastic source of information on this trip. Our latest one, in Split, informed us that there was going to be a big wedding in Split today. After some more discussion, it became clear that the word “wedding” had got muddled up with the word “weather”. What she

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Our Top 20 Adventures from the first 12 months.

Our Top 20 Adventures from the first 12 months.

Sep 24, 2018

This week is our anniversary. It is a year since we started our travelling. So we thought we would do a post about our top 20 adventures this year. It is not so much a 1 – 20. It is more 20 amazing adventures. That is why we have decided to put them in the

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A little walk becomes a trek in Milna

A little walk becomes a trek in Milna

Sep 22, 2018

We arrived in Milna on the late ferry from Mljet. As we peered out into the dark, it was very reassuring to see our Airbnb hosts standing on the quayside waiting for us. They had already told us, on e-mail, that the accommodation was only about 50 metres from the ferry. So a quick walk

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