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Travel Q&A: wheelchair accessible home swaps

Searching for wheelchair accessible home swap accommodation Q: I'm looking to arrange a home swap between my condo in Sydney for wheelchair accessible accommodation in London, England. Do you have any suggestions? Anna A: Hi Anna! Great to hear that you're looking to arrange a home swap in London. Firstly, to find homes in London, go to the home swap search page and use the filters on the left side of the page to narrow down the results to home swap offers in London (select "Eu...
Tags: General Home Exchange Information, Home Base Holidays, Home Exchange Disabled Access, Home Swap Disabled Access, Home Swapping, House Exchange, House Swap

HBO hides six Iron Thrones

“The next one is in The North.” This phrase has captivated Game of Thrones fans since yesterday’s announcement that the first of six Iron Thrones HBO is hiding around the world — ahead of the premiere of the final season on April 14 — has been found. Two men found the first throne in the ancient woodland forest of Puzzlewood in England, and for their efforts, HBO rewarded the pair with a crown resembling that of the late King Robert Baratheon in season one. The children of the forest’s true...
Tags: Travel, Hbo, England, Atlantic, Northern Ireland, Game Of Thrones, Kansas, Red Cross, Iceland, All, Puzzlewood, Robert Baratheon, GOT promo, Hbo Promo, Iron Thrones

History of popular condiments

Condiments can make or break a meal. They’re the addition that saves a dry sandwich and the extra touch that spices up a bit of sushi. No matter what you’re eating, there always seems to be a condiment on the side that is there to at least improve a dish, if not save it entirely. It’s something that has been done throughout history — something that’s immediately clear as soon as you take a deeper look at where your favorite condiments come from. This is how your favorite condiments came to do...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Florida, England, Africa, US, America, Spain, Chicago, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vietnam, North Carolina, Heinz, Caribbean, All

Former churches turned into bars

Historic churches are already some of the most gorgeous structures in the world. Recently, a select few have been turned into something even more beautiful — bars. Don’t worry, it’s not sacrilegious. These churches have been deconsecrated, so they’re simply regular buildings with stunning architectural designs at this point. The conversion is a win-win for both the churches and the bars. Official estimates list the number of church closures at around 4,000 a year, and new tenets are keeping ...
Tags: Travel, UK, England, Church, US, New Orleans, Dublin, Denver, Pittsburgh, All, Gulf, Cincinnati, Taft, DUBLIN Ireland, Cincinnati Ohio, Nellie

England might not have enough water

No one thinks of England as a country that needs more water, but it may soon find itself parched for it. Sir James Bevan, the chief executive of the Environment Agency, told The Guardian that demand for water is quickly surpassing the country’s diminishing supply due to climate change. “Around 25 years from now,” he said, “where those [demand and supply] lines cross is known by some as the ‘jaws of death’ — the point at which we will not have enough water to supply our needs, unless we take a...
Tags: Travel, UK, England, Water, Environment Agency, All, James Bevan, Bevan, Bevans

Travel Guide to Getting Around London – England

If you are planning to visit London anytime soon, then you are going to experience a good time in a beautiful city, and here in London, you will create some memorable moments for sure.  All the locations in London are so beautiful and magnificent that it looks really easy to reach to them and enjoy their beauty. But the reality is quite the opposite to it. Roaming around in London is not as easy as recognizing its famous places. London is a great destination for travel lovers; this is why every...
Tags: Travel, Sponsored, England, London, Trafalgar Square, Ben, London England, Leicester Square, Big Bus London, River Bus River, Travel Experta Specializing

What are the Celtic nations

Celtic tribes once occupied much of mainland Europe, stretching as far east as modern-day Turkey. Over time, invaders forced the Celts west, and today, there are only six Celtic nations in the world clustered around western Europe, specifically parts of the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man, Ireland, and Brittany in France. Some argue that Galicia in northwestern Spain is the seventh Celtic nation as its Celtic heritage is evident to this day, but the six official nations are determined by the ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, England, Wales, France, Scotland, Spain, Turkey, Bbc, Unesco, Atlantic, Britain, Ireland, Galicia, United Kingdom, Celtic

The proper way to drink Guinness

The Guinness brewery opened in Dublin, Ireland, in 1759. Since then, it’s become one of the most ubiquitous beers worldwide. With that popularity and ease of access comes a lot of mythology. We determined fact from fiction with studies and the help of Heather McReynolds, a social media correspondent with Guinness. She’s spent 10 years in the beer industry, from head brewer at The Cannon Brew Pub in Columbus, Georgia, to brewing manager at Sixpoint Brewing in Brooklyn, New York, to her current...
Tags: Travel, England, United States, Ireland, Npr, Dublin, Guinness, All, Lee, Brooklyn New York, DUBLIN Ireland, William Lee, University of Huddersfield, Columbus Georgia, McReynolds, Sixpoint Brewing

Best hotel decor in the world

Move over , boring chain hotels. Hotel designers the world over are getting creative in order to lure guests, and what they’re coming up with is sure to boggle the eyes. These seven hotels feature over-the-top interior decor and a guest experience that’s sure to surprise and overwhelm the senses. 1. Crazy Bear — Beaconsfield, UK Photo: The Crazy Bear/Facebook The Crazy Bear in Beaconsfield is as extravagant as it gets. The 45 unique rooms are set in a dark, Rococo fashion, equipped with sh...
Tags: Travel, England, Hotels, Germany, Boston, Las Vegas, Helsinki, All, San Luis Obispo, Boston Massachusetts, Stuttgart Germany, San Luis Obispo California, Madonna Inn, Unique Hotels, Beaconsfield, Hardwood Suite

Wuthering Heights house is for sale

You might have used SparkNotes for Wuthering Heights in high school, but if you’re in the market for a charming house in the English countryside, you should give Emily Brontë’s only novel another read. Ponden Hall, the mid-16th century home that is said to have inspired the classic novel by Emily Brontë, is now for sale. Located in West Yorkshire, the property was the site of many visits from the Brontë sisters in the 19th century. Now, the 5,000-square-foot building serves as an award-winnin...
Tags: Travel, Books, England, West Yorkshire, Shakespeare, All, Emily Bronte, Anne Brontë, Bronte, Wuthering Heights, Ponden Hall, Ponden Reservoir

Woman on a 20,000-mile trek

Karen Penny had better have packed a decent pair of boots and a reserve of blister-protection bandages, because she is on a four-year, 20,000-mile trek around the coastline of the UK and Ireland. The 53-year-old is traveling pretty light, with just a small tent and a 37-pound backpack containing the bare essentials. Penny, who walked from John o’ Groats in northern Scotland to Land’s End in southern England last year, believes she will be the first woman to complete the continuous coastline ...
Tags: Travel, UK, England, Wales, Scotland, Bbc, BBC News, Karen, Ireland, Swansea, John, All, Female Travel, Female Travelers, Facebook Instagram, County Kerry Ireland

Why is blue cheese blue

Blue cheese can be divisive, but there’s no denying that some of the world’s most famous cheeses are blue. From gorgonzola to Stilton to Blue Vinny, the cheese style has a distinctive stinky and tangy quality that makes it popular with cheese fans and cheesemakers across the globe. But what is it that makes a blue cheese blue? This is the story of how blue mold became the hottest mold in cheese. Why blue cheese is blue Before taking a single bite, people eat with their eyes. Then, more oft...
Tags: Travel, England, Cheese, France, US, European Union, Italy, Switzerland, Dorset, All, Blue Cheese, Fourme D'ambert, Bern, Robinson Crusoe, Milan Italy, Daniel Defoe

10 Things to do in Cheltenham in just one day

Cheltenham is well known for horse racing during the Cheltenham Festival, but how many people know of Cheltenham as a spa town, a festival town or as Regency Cheltenham with some of the best preserved Georgian architecture in England? I visited the town in a day trip from Bristol and discovered an unexpected side of Cheltenham, with street art, great shopping and stylish boutique hotels that make the perfect base for a weekend in Cheltenham or as a gateway to exploring the Cotswolds. Here a...
Tags: Travel, UK, England, Featured, Shopping, Activities, Culture, Things To Do, Cycling, Art and design, Museums, United Kingdom, Bristol, Sightseeing, Street Art, Cheltenham

Best things to do in Brighton, UK

Brighton is sometimes referred to as “Little London by the Sea.” Situated on the south coast of Sussex, Brighton is a mere 50 minutes from London by train, which means tourists usually just go for a day trip — if they bother going at all. But you should consider basing yourself in Brighton instead. You’ll have the best of both worlds — the myriad of attractions that Brighton has to offer and easy access to The Big Smoke — along with more affordable accommodation, a slower pace of life, and of...
Tags: Travel, UK, England, London, United Kingdom, Brighton, West End, Sussex, Rajasthan, All, Salisbury, Brighton Festival, Albert, Brighton Pavilion, Brighton UK, Prince Regent

Four Passionate Italian Women Artists

Win a pre-publication bound galley of LA PASSIONE from Goodreads! Click to enter the raffle. The giveaway ends March 13. Italy’s dazzling pantheon of artistic geniuses seems a man’s world. Yet as I discovered in researching my upcoming book, a few women with singular passion defied all obstacles and created important works of art. As a way of celebrating International Women’s Day, here are four artists whose stories I recount in LA PASSIONE: How Italy Seduced the World: Plautilla Nelli (1524-...
Tags: Travel, Art, Books, England, Education, Spain, Culture, Italy, Florence, Greenwich, Christ, Palermo, Genoa, Bologna, Caravaggio, ROSSI

Discovering Manchester Through Street Art & Hidden History

I know what you’re thinking, not another street art post! Travel blogs seems to be littered with them, but there’s a reason for that. In the last decade or so, most cities around the world have seen a dramatic shift in their downtown cores. People have moved back in, businesses and restaurants have opened and life has returned to neighborhoods long thought lost to crime and fatigue. Manchester is certainly one of those cities, and you can see this urban rebirth throughout the city but especiall...
Tags: Travel, England, Manchester, Detroit, Destinations, Northern Quarter, Cities of Hope Project

Richmond Harbour Hotel – a boutique hotel in Richmond where the countryside comes to town

If you are visiting London but want to escape the traffic and crowds, allow me to introduce you to leafy, riverside Richmond-upon-Thames. The well-heeled residents would really rather keep Richmond’s 2,500 acre park, views of the Thames, and oh-so-English cricket green to themselves. But with the newly renovated Richmond Harbour Hotel and Spa, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t enjoy the country-comes-to-town feel too! Source
Tags: Travel, England, London, Featured, Hotels, United Kingdom, Stay, Richmond, Boutique-hotel, UK & Europe, London and around, Richmond Harbour Hotel

Traditional Mardi Gras foods

Mardi Gras, Carnaval , Fat Tuesday — whatever you call it, the day before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent is a time of eating and drinking in excess. Religious or not, people who attend Mardi Gras parties see levels of consumption matched only by holidays like Thanksgiving, only a much, much rowdier Thanksgiving. Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday (the 47th day before Easter), but the total season is longer than just one day. The season technically starts on January 6, the Christian holi...
Tags: Travel, England, Sweden, Mexico, France, Germany, Russia, Berlin, US, Spain, Ukraine, Austria, Canada, Italy, Middle East, New Orleans

The 14 Most Beautiful Castles in Normandy, France

There are countless castles in France dotted across the countryside. Catherine shares 14 of the most beautiful castles in Normandy, France, including two castle hotels where you can stay in luxurious style. Castles are popular destinations for all kinds of world travellers. If you love to marvel at architecture from eras gone by, experience history first hand, or simply stroll through unique locations, the castles of Normandy, France are excellent choices. However, the Normandy castle options ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, England, France, Normandy, William, Washington State, Richard, Catherine, Rouen, Normandy France, William II, Wikimedia Commons, Dukes, Catholic League, Duc

7 Best Cycling Trips and Trails around the World

Cycling is traveling at your own pace, where you can take in the scenery without reducing it to a blur. And while it looks like a solitary activity, you can always opt for company like your family to share the view and the experience of biking tours. Where do you want to go for your next cycling adventure? The world is one huge meandering, challenging, and exciting path where the cycling pros and enthusiasts ride. Take your trusty bike with you, and explore the best trails and tracks around the ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, England, Australia, France, Africa, Alabama, Rome, Canada, Italy, Antarctica, Switzerland, Cambodia, Tanzania, Travel Tips, Quebec

6 Things Every Weekend Adventurer Needs to Do While in the Kimberley

“We are all visitors to this time, this place,” the famous Aboriginal proverb goes. “We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love… and then we return home.”  This saying, attributed to the first inhabitants of Australia, is timely given the quick and relentless pace of ordinary life in the country. Rarely do we take the time to stop, slow down, remember how transient our lives are, and seek the beautiful resources that life has to offer—especially withi...
Tags: Travel, Sponsored, England, Australia, Derby, Melbourne, Western Australia, Kimberley, Broome, Cable Beach, Timor Sea, Gibb, Gantheaume Point, Matso, Gibb River Road, Purnululu National Park

Special feature: Teal House, Lemmington Cottages, Near Alnwick, Northumberland, UK

A pheasant scurries across the road as we turn into the drive towards Teal House, our home for a week’s holiday in the north-east of England. We are about five miles to the west of Alnwick, widely regarded as one of the top pheasant shooting locations in the UK, and the many pheasants we see […] The post Special feature: Teal House, Lemmington Cottages, Near Alnwick, Northumberland, UK appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
Tags: Travel, Europe, UK, England, Featured, Restaurants, Accommodation, Attractions, United Kingdom, Family Travel, Vacation Rentals, Regions, Going Out, Speciality Travel, Leisure Travel, Western Europe

One of the Most Amazing Antiques I Have Ever Found

    After antiquing the entire morning at the brocante we went for lunch, we celebrated with our friend Joanne who had just received a copy of her new book (more about that tomorrow) plus we talked about what each of us had found during our morning hunt. Later with renewed energy, we went back to take a second look, I enjoy going back and walking the opposite way around at the brocante, taking it slow, looking under tables, in the back of the vans, looking at things I normally don't look at the...
Tags: Travel, Asia, England, France, living in France, Italy, Pliny, Alexandria, Provence, Herodotus, Margaret, Joanne, Brocante, Pergamon, Johannes Trithemius, French la Vie

First time swappers: one of our best holidays ever!

Home swap between Kitty & Patrick's home in Devon and Jenny & Jez's home in Andalucia Home swap: Barnstable, Devon (UK) to Lecrin Valley, Andalucia (Spain) "We had an amazing 2 week home swap at Jenny and Jez's gorgeous home. It was well presented and clean and had character. Jenny sweetly left us some delicious Spanish treats and great recommendations for places to eat. We found the location fantastic because we could easily visit the beaches and Granada within 2...
Tags: Travel, England, Spain, Devon, Andalucia, Granada, Patrick, Jenny, Kitty, Jez, Barnstaple, Devon Arrange, Kitty Patrick, Jenny Jez, Andalucia Home, Barnstable Devon UK

Ludlow, England’s Foodie Center

Ludlow, in Shropshire, the Foodie Center of England, where local markets, breweries and a food tradition brings the best tastes to the local food scene.
Tags: Travel, Europe, England, Markets, Ludlow, Shropshire, Food And Wine, Ludlow England, Foodie Center, Shropshire the Foodie Center of England

The Best Neighborhoods in London: Where to Stay When You Visit

Posted: 2/25/2019 | February 25th, 2019 I’ve always liked London, but when I visited last year something in me just clicked—and poof! I finally saw the light and came to love it. London has a million things to do to keep you busy a lifetime over. With its amazing architecture, world-class art museums, tons of historical sites, and unique shopping experiences, what’s not to love? What’s not to love about a city where the pubs are so small everyone just stands on the street with their pint glass?...
Tags: Travel, Europe, England, London, Thames, Paddington, Chelsea, United Kingdom, Oxford, Camden, Mayfair, West End, Tate Modern, Royal Opera House, Shakespeare, Oxford Street

6 reasons to visit Britain in spring

E ye-popping bluebell and daisy fields. Al-fresco music, food, and theater by the River Thames. Oceans and forests teeming with wildlife. If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that spring is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful times of year to visit Britain. From pop-up festivals and open-air performances in London to whale and dolphin-watching in Scotland, here are six of the most compelling reasons to visit Britain between March and June. 1. You could catch the Underbelly Festival… ...
Tags: Travel, UK, England, London, Scotland, Things To Do, Britain, Spring, Norfolk, Shakespeare, Globe, Visitbritain, Cheltenham, Chelsea Flower Show, Elizabeth Ii, Seasons

8 Dream Holiday Destinations of Influential Women

Everybody needs to get away from time to time. And the rich and powerful are no exception! In fact, the stress and responsibility of holding an influential position and being constantly in the public eye can make the idea of a holiday even more appealing. MyLateDeals has researched where the world’s most powerful women choose to go when they finally get a chance to let off some steam. Queen Elizabeth II You might think being the longest-reigning Queen of England would be an easy ride. But whil...
Tags: Travel, Europe, England, London, Beyonce, Obama, Bali, Jay Z, Scotland, Africa, Rome, Harvard, Williams, Hawaii, Michelle Obama, Madonna

Alpaca yoga at a farm in England

If you’re not into rage yoga and enjoy a peaceful and relaxing setting for your practice, know that there’s more out there than run-of-the-mill studios with wooden floors, burning incense, and New Age music playing in the background. Owners of Rosebud Alpacas — an alpaca farm in Devon, England — combines yoga with alpacas by offering alpaca yoga to guests. The alpacas are super chill, but they won’t pull downward-facing dog with you — you’ll be practising in a field full of the fluffy mammal...
Tags: Travel, England, Tai Chi, Alpacas, All, Metro, Alpaca, Devon England, Alpaca Farm, Alpaca Yoga, Rosebud Alpacas, Rosebud Alpacas Facebook Nick, Lucy Aylett, Rosebud Alpacas Facebook

Zoo offering tug-of-wars with a lion

Zoos are controversial enough — they certainly did not need help from the Dartmoor Zoo, near Plymouth in England, to draw more criticism. The zoo is being condemned for charging visitors $20 to play tug-of-war with its big cats (one lion named Jasiri and one tiger named Dragan). Dubbed the “human v beast” competition, it allows visitors as young as eight years old to pull a rope attached to a piece of meat in the animal’s mouth and try to wrest it from its grip. Absolutely amazing experi...
Tags: Travel, England, Zoo, Plymouth, Lions, All, Dragan, Tug Of War, Sue Dally, Dartmoor Zoo, Zoo Lions, Jasiri

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