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Covent Garden Christmas lights

Spending Christmas in London: Festive things to do in London

Wondering where to spend Christmas in the UK? Well, Christmas in London is like no other place. There’s always something to do in London of course, whatever the season (check out my London bucket list to find some cool ideas!). But in winter, and especially at Christmas time, the British capital gets filled with lights, chestnut stands, Christmas decorations and a jolly atmosphere all over.

If you’re looking for a unique way to celebrate the festive season, there’re a few Christmas events in London you don’t want to miss. Here’s our magical guide with the best things to do in London at Christmas!

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Bryant Park ice skating

Spending Christmas in New York: Festive things to do in NYC

Christmas in New York is a magical time. From November, the Big Apple transforms into a magical winter postcard, and Christmas decorations are scattered all over the city. From the lavish window displays in Fifth Avenue, to the buzzing Christmas Markets in Manhattan and stunning NYC Christmas trees, there’s no doubt: no other place does Christmas like New York.

If you’re planning on spending Christmas Day in New York, or are simply wondering what to do in NYC in December, be sure to put these recommendations on your New York Christmas itinerary! I’ll guarantee you’ll have the most wonderful time of the year. Here’s our magical guide to spending Christmas in New York.

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Thatched cottage, Chipping Campden

Best places to visit in the Cotswolds | TRAVEL GUIDE

The Cotswolds has everything you’d expect from the idyllic English countryside. Rural landscapes, green hills filled with sheep and quaint villages. With old churches and cottages built with traditional honey coloured Cotswold stone, it’s pretty dreamy indeed. There are plenty of beautiful places to visit in the Cotswolds.

Once a medieval area of high-quality wool trade (“Cots” meaning sheep and “wolds” hills), it was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1966. And judging by my description above, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. It covers an area of 790 sq miles and spans several counties including Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Wiltshire and Warwickshire. And it’s only a two hour drive from London!

Whether you’re on a tight schedule or simply don’t know where to start, fear not. I have some top tips to make the most out of a countryside holiday in rural England. Here are the best places to visit in the Cotswolds on a long weekend trip.

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Laduree macarons

Best pastries and desserts in Paris

Our best desserts in Paris post is here! I’ve finally managed to go through our pictures from our quick Parisian Valentine’s weekend trip in February. You know, there’s been a lot going on since then… I’m sure loads of you already share our love for sweet treats. So it won’t come as a surprise that, once again, I bring you a food related post! May I interest you in the delicious French pastries in Paris that we indulged on? Let me tell you, French patisserie is waaaaay more than just your typical (yet delicious) croissants and pain au raisins. That’s a breakfast I’m definitely up to have every-single-day (if it was not for the amount of butter, anyway). In this case, however, we took advantage of the French capital and went in search of the crème de la crème of Parisian desserts.

So to sum up, here are a handful of my favourite spots for the best pastries in Paris (and other yummy treats) you should try. Continue Reading “Best pastries and desserts in Paris”

Alcatraz Prison on Alcatraz island

Alcatraz guide: what to know before a trip to Alcatraz Prison

Alcatraz. The Rock. The most famous high-security prison in the world located on Alcatraz Island, only a mile and a quarter away from San Francisco. We’ve read about Alcatraz prison in books, we’ve seen it in movies (Clint Eastwood’s Escape from Alcatraz is featured on our Best movies set in San Francisco post!) and we’ve heard endless stories about its famous inmates.

Almost everyone visiting San Francisco has Alcatraz prison on their bucket list. To make it easier for you, I’ve created a complete Alcatraz guide, including important information and everything you need to know to plan your trip to Alcatraz.

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Bike Golden Gate Bridge

Biking across the Golden Gate Bridge or around Golden Gate Park – Routes, maps, sights and more!

If you’re planning a trip to San Francisco, cycling across the Golden Gate Bridge is probably among the top things on your list. I’m assuming that because it was on mine! And maybe questions like “what are the best bike routes in San Francisco?” and “how long does it take to bike across the Golden Gate Bridge?” are popping up in your mind as well. I’ve been there too.

San Francisco is actually the fourth largest city in California so you can imagine there’s a lot to see. That’s why I’ve put together a little list of the best self guided bike tours of San Francisco with different areas for you to explore while biking across the Golden Gate Bridge. It also comes with points of interest, maps and other super important information that can hopefully inspire you to hop on a bike and get those wheels in motion!

Pick your favourite route to bike across the Golden Gate Bridge or around Golden Gate Park below!

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York City walls and York Minster in the distance

Staycation ideas: Where to go on holiday in the UK

With the current travel restrictions due to COVID-19, travelling abroad is a little out of the question for many. Especially when this can involve a mandatory quarantine period on return. Luckily, this also means it’s the perfect time to turn that post-lockdown getaway into a UK staycation instead.

And really, there’s no better time to rediscover the UK and enjoy what’s right in front of you. With National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), picturesque medieval towns and some of Britain’s finest coastal scenery, there’s a type of staycation for everyone in this beautiful country. If you’re not sure where to go on holiday in the UK, here’s a list of the best staycation ideas, in no particular order. Right here. At home.

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