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British Isles - Sophie’s World Travel Inspiration

11 things you’ll love about Brighton

Ah Brighton: the awesome activities, the off-the-wall oddities, the flamboyant flair, the unique boutiques, the eclectic entertainment, the creative cuisine, the superlative sound, in short, the first-class fun. Curious about this city with the vivacious vibes? (Stop with the alliterations already, you say? OK, OK.) [...]

2019-06-21T08:34:12+01:0021 June 2019|11 things, England, Magic of Cities|

Prince George’s Party Palace by the Sea

Why is it however many millions of pairs of socks I buy I never seem to have any? They just disappear. For me, socks are like sex. Tons of it about, but I never seem to get any. When you hear the words Prince Regent, [...]

Canterbury Cathedral and the badass bishop

Saint Thomas of Canterbury Today, we’re going to talk about Thomas Becket. And I don't mean that dude on Sniper, but the original one, Saint Thomas of Canterbury. Our Thomas Becket came long before the US Marines – and was, frankly, more of a badass. [...]

Neolithic Orkney: let your imagination run wild

I'm frequently asked which is my favourite world heritage site. My reply always used to be that there are so, so many. Then I went to the Orkney Islands. And discovered there was one that stands out, after all; the one that speaks the most profoundly [...]

2018-10-15T17:23:05+01:0015 October 2018|Orkneys, UNESCO World Heritage|

The Principal Manchester: a gorgeous space in a gutsy city

You know how you sometimes wander around - or drive around - a city, searching for the hotel you've booked, increasingly wanting to put a curse on the annoying SatNav lady for leading you astray yet again? Well, that won't happen with The Principal Manchester. [...]

2019-06-12T12:13:12+01:005 December 2017|England, hotels & lodgings|

The Waterhead: A Boutique Hotel in the English Lake District

Do you keep up with World Heritage? If so, you will have noticed that the English Lake District was just added to the list this month. And deservedly so, in my not-so-humble opinion. We arrive in Ambleside on a lovely April day. I simply plugged [...]

2019-06-12T12:12:55+01:0029 July 2017|England, hotels & lodgings|
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