Concrete Jungle

London – one of the world’s most visited cities, a city of ideas and imagination as well as the capital of the United Kingdom and a 21st-century city with history stretching back to Roman times.

Architectural grandeur rises up all around you. For all lovers of any shapes and curves the architecture type ones 😉 it’s a must visit. London has something for everyone, from history and culture to fine food and good times. I don’t think there is really much to be said about it but to explore the best London has to offer, you have to keep your eyes open and occasionally look up…

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The Gherkin, London

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From Rome to Venice

One of the best things about Italy is getting lost and that’s exactly what we did in Rome and especially Venice.

From the ancient amphitheatre of the Colosseum to the Vatican City, Rome is networked with a plethora of small streets and alleys where the signs can be hard to find at times but it is made up by the great historical and visual experience you get along the way.

After taking the four hour scenic route by train across Italy we found ourselves in Venice. Also referred to by many as “City of Bridges” – it has apparently over 400 bridges, which connect 118 islands. There’s plenty to see in Venice either on foot or by taking a gondola through the numerous canals, but some of the best views are to be seen from the famous San Marco bell tower. Either way it’s a journey worth making…

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St Ives Road Trip

We decided on a small road trip to Cornwall – specifically St Ives, with a stopover in St Austell for a visit to the Eden Project which was awesome by the way! Inside the artificial biodomes are a diversity of plants that are collected from all around the world. The project took 2½ years to construct and opened to the public on 17 March 2001.

From there it was just over an hours drive onto St Ives.

Having arrived there, we realised that if you are in need of caffeine & some carbs then you are in luck. St Ives is peppered with many great coffee shops, delis selling Cornish Pasties fresh from the oven plus great bars and pubs to suit all tastes.

After sunbathing in a glorious cove (we were lucky with the weather) and a couple too many glasses of wine we walked the long way back to our hotel, admiring the beaches on the way…












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After the Sunset

Brighton is a buzzing city there is no doubt, whether you want to stroll through the lanes for an eclectic purchase or grab a snack at one of the numerous beach bars or restaurants as you listen to live music and people-watch.

However – sometimes the best times to be had in Brighton are when the sun goes down, the sea breeze drops and the seagulls stop fighting over the last stolen chip…






 

 


Norfolk and Suffolk

If it is peace and tranquility you are looking for and some beautiful countryside you will not be disappointed with the counties of Norfolk, which hosts some of Britain’s finest beaches and areas of outstanding natural beauty and Suffolk, noted for having been the home to two of England’s best regarded painters, John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough.

On our trip we were fortunate with the summer sun which made the experience of visiting Snape Maltings (famously created in 1948 by the resident and acclaimed composer Benjamin Britten) and the fashionable seaside town of Aldeburgh, a popular weekend destination, now much loved by visiting Londoners (with second homes making up roughly a third of its residential property).

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Snape Maltings, Suffolk

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Kemp Town Carnival 2013, Brighton

The 2013 Kemp Town Carnival once again did not disappoint and came with the much awaited signs that a summer of sorts could be arriving in the UK. So on the 1st June hoards of people turned out to the Kemp Town Village to celebrate what is undoubtedly one of Brighton’s largest community events.

Much of our time was spent at the Bristol Bar Jazz Stage listening to the amazing music from bands such as Sussex Jazz Orchestra, Bristol Bar Quintet, E.M.E and Bristol Bar Jam. It must be said, there really was something to please all of the family whether it was the custard pie fight, live music, children’s entertainment, street theatre, dance displays, musicians or just enjoying a plain old fashioned Pimm’s or beer in the sun…

The quirky, good natured atmosphere of Kemp Town and the celebrations of children, dogs and adults alike the Brighton way…

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