Category Archive: Travel

Mar 01

Accommodation Review: Brackenhurst Self Catering Cottage, West Runton (Norfolk)

On our winter weekend escape to the north Norfolk coast I wanted to stay somewhere that was a complete retreat, where we could cosy ourselves away as the early winter evenings set in and from which we could make easy forays into the local countryside to blast away the winter gloom. …

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Feb 16

Hollywood & Griffith Park Part 2: …to the Stars Below.

…continued from Part 1: Griffith Park & Hollywood – From the Stars Above…

 

Hollywood and the Stars Below

After days spent exploring the high ground that towers iconically over Hollywood’s famous streets, it was time to head back down from the hills. Back down at the bottom of the canyons our drive …

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Feb 09

Griffith Park & Hollywood Part 1: From the Stars Above…

When we returned to Los Angeles for the third week of our month in California we were curious to head inland. The first week of our stay had been based in the trendy and eclectic LA seaside hub of Santa Monica but I longed to get a bit closer to …

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Dec 16

Wildlife Wednesday: Norfolk’s Winter Wildlife

On the face of it, December doesn’t seem the most promising time of year for wildlife spotting. As much of the natural world curls up on itself for the cold months ahead it’s easy to assume that all its inhabitants do likewise. Probably this isn’t helped by the fact that …

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Dec 15

A Winter Weekend on the North Norfolk Coast

Perhaps it’s because of my West Country origins that our family travels in the UK mostly seem to head west. Whatever the reason, that curious bulge on the UK’s east coast that is East Anglia has for too long remained a mystery – somewhere I have heard many good things …

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Dec 03

Gift Ideas for Outdoorsy Kids Part 2: Presents for Mini Globe-Trotters & World Curious Children

Whether your child is a full-blown jetsetting mini-traveller or is just curious about the world, this is a list of gift ideas that will hopefully inspire them to learn more and get them planning their next adventure. Got another great idea for a gift to give a mini globe-trotter? Please comment below and help add …

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Dec 02

Wildlife Wednesday: Whale Watching at Dana Point, CA

In week two of our California trip we moved down to the Orange County coast and there was one thing I could not wait to do. Go whale and dolphin watching.

California is renowned for having some of the best whale and dolphin watching in the world, with …

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Nov 24

8 Fun Things to Do with Young Children in Santa Monica, CA

We spent the first week of our California trip in Santa Monica, LA’s famous beach-side city. As places to stay in LA. go Santa Monica is pretty family friendly and has a lot going on. It was a perfect place to take life easy and adjust to the US and …

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Nov 21

Hiking in Tamescal Gateway Park, Santa Monica

I am writing this post at 0510 in the morning. Whilst the girls’ jet lag has finally worn off, mine seems to have turned into chronic insomnia. At least I can put it to good use by finally making a start at documenting our month long trip out to California.

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Oct 27

Santa Monica by Bus (no, you don’t always need a car in LA)!

As we headed out for the afternoon in Santa Monica last week we passed the friendly lady in our local corner store. We exchanged a few pleasantries and she asked us where we were going.

”The Natural History Museum in Downtown LA.’ I told her.

‘By bus?’ she asked incredulously, taking in my bulging rucksack-come-child-carrier, …

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