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Day out London: Blenheim Palace

If you’re in London – or in the Cotswolds, one of my favourite parts of England, I recommend an outing to the little town of Woodstock and Blenheim Palace. The palace represents the early stages of the English Romantic movement – an architectural style characterised by closeness to nature. I love the medieval towers, and [...]

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Coco de Mer: a sexy nut in paradise

Here at Sophie’s World, we love exploring the world’s curious places. Today, I thought I’d share a different kind of curiosity Alex and I encountered in the Seychelles some years ago, a botanical curiosity. On the island of Praslin is a beautiful nature reserve called Vallée de Mai (May Valley). Not only is this valley [...]

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Jurassic Coast

The #FriFotos* theme this week is coast, which suits me well, as I’ve been meaning to say a few words about the Jurassic coast anyway. Do you have a kid completely enamoured with dinosaurs and fossils? I do… or at least, I did. On a road trip in Southern England a few years ago, the [...]

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The Saint: a funky sleep in New Orleans

Is there a city in the USA more fitted to play naughty or nice than New Orleans? I don’t think so. And The Saint plays that particular game very well indeed. Located on Canal Street, The Saint is just a stone’s throw away from the delightful French Quarter, without the disadvantages (read: noise) of actually [...]

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A day at the lake in Beijing

In 2002, Alex and I went to China to bring home our new daughter/sister. While waiting for all the paperwork to be finalised, we passed the time, about a week all in all, having a closer look at Beijing and surrounds. Luckily Cat was – and still is – an easy-going child. On the other [...]

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World at a Glance: Auckland’s Sky Tower and therapy

We’ve visited the tallest structure in the southern hemisphere twice: the first time was just Alex and I, during a short one-week first-time jaunt to the land of the long, white cloud. Our next visit to the Sky Tower Auckland was four years later, while we lived in New Zealand. On both occasions, we bumped [...]

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Coxen’s Hole

Ah, Roatan. You probably think of sandy beaches, Caribbean waters blue as blue could be, scuba diving and snorkelling on the gorgeous Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. And you’d be right. Then there’s wildlife: iguanas the size of dogs, birds of every imaginable colour, dolphins, sharks, macaws and adorable capuchin monkeys. All the ingredients for a fabulous [...]

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