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Pink sand paradise: Elafonisi, Crete

For our trip to Crete I did very little research.  We only booked the flights 10 days before we flew, joining friends in a villa in the hills above Chania. Our plans were to relax: spun out from work and moving house. The little trip to Tallinn in April was feeling a long time ago! But any travel blogger will tell you that FOMO exists and so I had a little look at Crete on Pinterest. Of course the beautiful white and…

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Monthly Meanderings: July

July was about being thoroughly British and enjoying life in the village. And cows, but I will come back to them! Oh, and rain – it just didn’t seem to stop! Let me tell you, one doesn’t move to the country for a quiet life. But for community! And by that I mean walking home at dawn from civilised gatherings! 😳 The wise in the village always take a torch, even if the meeting time is 6pm 🤣 as the…

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Travel fears and scares

What scares you when you travel they asked? It would have been easier to ask what doesn’t… But that wouldn’t make much of a blog post! Most things can worry or scare me! At home I hate the dark and being home alone. I sail yet I hate the water!  I hate walking into a room when I might not know anyone! Oh, and I’m terrified of cows and live next door to a field of them! And then when…

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Keeping active while travelling with Aaptiv

There is an all too familiar routine – travel for work or pleasure rarely leaves time for fitting in exercise. And we come home feeling podgy and unexercised. Then because there’s all the work to catch up on, not enough time to fit in exercise when we get back. So the key is to find a way to keep an exercise regime going whilst travelling. When we are on holiday I’m not actually that bad – as I love swimming…

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The Telegraaf Hotel: a boutique stay in Tallinn

When we visited Tallinn in April we were rather impressed! A gorgeous medieval town unspoilt by tourism and some excellent places to stay! The Telegraaf was our base.  It is a boutique hotel located on the edge of the old town.  When we stayed it was part of Small Luxury Hotels. It’s now part of Autograph Collection which have plenty of independent hotels. Relais & Chateaux and Leading Hotels of the World are also in town, but the Telegraaf took my fancy!…

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Monthly meaderings: June

June. Was. Busy. And excellent! At sea Each year there is an all women yachting regatta. Fabulous fun as it’s rare to have more than one girl on a yacht crew! Having the chance to sail without the boys is a treat (sorry boys)! The wind blew, the sun shone and we grinned from ear to ear. One of the best things about this event is that the crews don’t normally sail together. Day one and race one is about…

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Once upon a time: my travel story

Once upon a time in a quiet bit of Surrey a little girl was busy making scrapbooks of her family travels… Which progressed to photo montages (cringe) and then photobooks… And now she has her own little bit of the www for grown up scrapbooks of her travels… Cute! In case you haven’t noticed, my travel story is one big oxymoron! On the one hand I love to fly off in first class and explore a culture totally foreign.  Then on…

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Moving house: making home

A new home you say? I would say in equal measure… Never move house but chase your dream! We have had some rollercoaster moments over the years, we continue to, but nothing is like house moving. The most frustrating part is that other people and their plans are involved too and you can bet the two will not align… Thankfully we seem to have found a happy ending, but that’s only half the story. Back last autumn we had both moved jobs…

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Monthly meanderings: May

Better late than never, the timing of this says something about just how busy work has been keeping me!.. Manic May seems an apt description! May started in a snowstorm in Tallinn… And ended with a bleak but humid bank holiday weekend… Thankfully there was plenty of sunshine and blue skies in between!  And the garden and countryside came alive! Alas it was mostly long hours of work and plenty of business travel I found myself en(joy)during this month. The time…

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