36 hours in Glasgow

36 hours in Glasgow

I first visited Glasgow back in 2010. I saw the CBD briefly from a bus and then spent an uncomfortable night in a cheap hotel near the airport. Needless to say, I don’t have any enduring fond memories of Scotland’s largest city.

Last week I found myself back in Glasgow, albeit for 36 hours.  This time around I was determined to see the ‘real’ Glasgow…

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Slow days on Solway

Slow days on Solway

It’s been cool, wet and windy across much of the U.K. over the last few days but I haven’t minded at all, because Adam and I have been hiding in a little cottage in Scotland.

The Lookout near Dundrennan, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

It was one of those spur of the moment getaways. We both had a clear spot in our calendars and decided a few peaceful days in a glorious setting was just what we needed.

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A postcard from the Peak District

A postcard from the Peak District

I have a confession to make – up until very, very recently my knowledge of England’s Peak District was based primarily on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. I knew Derbyshire was near the Peak District and that’s where Mr Darcy’s ‘Pemberley’ was based. I quickly discovered at the start of this week though, there’s a whole lot more to the Peak District than Fitzwilliam Darcy.

Adam and I chose the Peak District for a long weekend away on a bit of a whim. It was a region I’d never visited and Adam only briefly. What we discovered was towns and villages filled with exquisite stones buildings, amazing scenery and a thriving food and beer scene.

Cottage in Buxton, Derbyshire.

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102 English things to do

102 English things to do

Last Christmas Adam’s brother John and his partner Sally gave me the book ‘102 English Things To Do’ by Alex Quick.  I had a lovely scan through it in the days after Christmas, but never really got stuck into reading it properly.

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I’ve now had the opportunity to look it more thoroughly and have started making a list of some of the ‘things’ I’d like to do, particularly over the next few months.

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A postcard from Gibraltar

A postcard from Gibraltar

If you’re looking for somewhere sunny, with amazing views and a mix of English, Spanish and north African cultures, Gibraltar could be the place for you.

Adam and I have just returned from a three day, two night stay in the British Overseas Territory.  We went on a whim swayed by cheap flights and a few people did raise their eyebrows at our plans. Gibraltar, at the tip of the Iberian Peninsula, has a bit of a reputation as being a jaded 1970s family resort destination. Sure it’s still full of English tourists, but if you dig a little deeper and take the time to learn a little about this city and its incredible history, you’ll probably be pleasantly surprised.

Colourful houses line the shores of Catalan Bay in Gibraltar.

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The suitcase guide: Gibraltar

The suitcase guide: Gibraltar

A couple of weeks ago Adam and I sat aside a few days in February for a mini-break. Our first getaway in the Lake District (read about it here and here) seemed a distant memory and we were itching to go exploring again.

Due to only having three days spare we decided a city break was the best option.  We found super cheap flights to Gibraltar (£35 return!) and booked an Airbnb apartment right in the city centre.

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