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Two days in Jaipur

We loved our time in Jaipur. It was the full package. Clean and ordered (relatively speaking), pretty, blue skies (no fog), we bumped into friends (yes – really), history and views, as well as amazing food and incredible hotels. Jaipur very much got the Parker seal of approval. We had 2 days in Jaipur and I wish it has been a week. Although who am I trying to fool – if we’d had a week’s worth of time we’d have…

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One day in Agra

Agra was our second base and was actually somewhere I wasn’t initially planning to visit.  I couldn’t fathom how one building could justify a 3 hour drive.  But the drive was of course worthwhile, and there’s more than one thing to see! Agra wasn’t our favourite place.  Mainly due to us visiting beautiful Jaipur straight afterwards.  Agra in comparison is pretty grubby and chaotic and during winter has smoggy morning skies. Notwithstanding, it has an lot to offer – not just the…

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December fun and frolics

December, what a marvellous month.  Our big discovery was the benefit of storing up annual leave until the last month of the year.  Then trying to use it up! I did 5 days of work, had a 12 day trip to India and Christmas off work too.  Now there are probably health warnings against not taking much leave during the year, but it just sort of happened!  I’m also rolling forward 3 days into 2017 and getting some other days paid back to me…

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One day in Delhi

Delhi is where our Indian adventure began.  Colleagues of mine are always here and told me it was the right city to quickly immerse ourselves in the sights, smells and sounds of India. We had just over 24 hours in the city.  Our guide Punam (an expert, she’s shown Ralph Fiennes around) and driver BD – both working with Banyan Tours – gave us a great first day in India. As the capital city of India there is a plethora of things to…

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The annual bucketlist update

Whether or not we like them, we all have a bucketlist or two – for life and in this case for travel.  Mine is subject to an annual update as horizons widen or tastes change. I’ve just looked back at my 2014 and 2015 lists and it’s fantastic to see how the travel bug has developed.  This year we ticked off Israel, with a big tick.  We also went to India – I was sure this was on my list,…

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My instagram tour of Incredible India

I have so much to tell you about India – one of the most inspiring and enjoyable trips we have ever taken. “So far as I am able to judge, nothing has been left undone, either by man or nature, to make India the most extraordinary country the the sun visits on his rounds.”  Mark Twain took the words from my mouth. Nothing has been left undone, either by man or nature, to make India the most extraordinary country… Click To Tweet…

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My top 10 travel highlights of 2016

What a year 2016 has been globally.  My top 10 highlights may well sound frivolous and privileged in a year when the world has been full of sadness, unrest and nasty surprises.  But they made us smile, laugh and relax after some challenging years. Its been good for the soul.  I’m amazed we fitted in 6 overseas trips in a year when work has been rewarding, but non-stop. Best drive Mr P wants to upgrade the car.  But our convertible is much-loved and pays…

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November fun and frolics

A bit of a strange month – I was manically busy right through the month but I didn’t seem to actually achieve a great deal! Aside from crazy hours, there was one other similarity between October and November… I went to kareoke in both months having never been before. London office life seems like it can be fun… November brought us plenty of blue sky, but in winter blue skies mean it is also baltically cold! I did a little bit of…

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Planning our 2017 adventures

We have no travel or adventures planned yet for 2017, none.  Come December in a normal year, we’d have plenty mapped out. Not this year.  Due to work commitments we’re taking our big trip of the year in December. So we’ve had something to look forward to and plan in Q4… But now we have an open diary and 12 months to fill in 2017…  In the past few years we’ve been all over, ticking off bucket list places like Israel, Maine, South…

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