Visiting Jordan’s Spectacular Roman Ruins With Kids

Jerash with kids

Did you know that some of the world’s best preserved Roman ruins are not in Italy, but in Jordan?  Then you know more than I did when we went on our family trip to Jordan!   Jordan’s other ancient attractions have to live in the shadow of the mighty Petra, and so not many people have heard of them.  We spent a long but utterly fascinating day visiting some of these wonderful, but lesser-known sights. 

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Visiting Longleat Festival of Light

Lanterns at Longleat

I’ll start this post off by wishing my readers a Happy New Year for 2017.  I hope you’ve all had a wonderful festive season.  Things have been quiet lately on my blog; we had a very busy December which included a quick trip to Sweden for my sister’s wedding, not to mention all the Christmas preparations, and so  unfortunately blogging has had to wait for a bit.  I’ve got lots to write about and hopefully (kids permitting)  I’ll be able to settle down into posting on a regular basis! One of the best things we did this Christmas season was …

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5 Creative Weekend Getaway Ideas for Family in Queensland, Australia

Great Barrier Reed

Queensland, otherwise called The Sunshine State, is the California of Down Under. With its islands, beaches and swaying palms this Australian state is the perfect getaway for everyone, ranging from young couples to families with kids. The region is bustling with all sorts of activities, including urban delights, amazing landscapes, or big adventures. Still, if you’re tired of the typical ‘spend every day at the beach vacation’, here are 5 creative ways to spend a weekend in Queensland with your loved ones.   A Daytrip to One of Queensland’s Numerous Islands The Sunshine State is home to more than 30 …

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Close Encounters of the Animal Kind: The Wild Place

First sight of the lemurs basking in the sun

Earlier this summer the Cub, Bee and I joined some friends for a day out at The Wild Place, near Bristol in South-West England.  I hadn’t heard of this zoological park but was pleasantly surprised with what we discovered here.  

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Nikko: A Glimpse into the World of the Shoguns

Shoyoen garden in autumn

Just an hour or so north of Tokyo by train lies the town of Nikko, famous for its complex of centuries-old temples which showcase the best of medieval Japanese architecture.  Many of the ornate, intricately carved buildings are designated as national treasures as well as being a Unesco World Heritage site.  If you’re interested in Buddhism and Shintoism then you should definitely visit Nikko.

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Autumnal Beauty at Westonbirt Arboretum

Autumn is here again and the leaves are changing colour for a few short weeks.  I love this season for its beauty and fresh air, and who doesn’t love the crunch of fallen leaves beneath their feet?  While we in the UK may not see the beautiful colours on the same scale as New England or Japan there are still some lovely places to enjoy the best of the season.  

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Piers and Pavilions: An Afternoon in Brighton

If you want to visit the English seaside you could do worse than a trip to Brighton; a bustling city with plenty to do and see.  Situated on the south coast in the county of East Sussex and officially known as Brighton and Hove, it is England’s most populous seaside city.  Brighton has a great mixture of the traditional and modern with more of a cosmopolitan feel than many towns outside of London.  Brighton has a lively arts scene and good nightlife with plenty of bars and nightclubs so you won’t be short of things to do if you plan …

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Walking the Walls of Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle, 1642 The castle is under siege.  It is the middle of the English Civil War and Royalists are camped outside the castle, held by Parliamentarians.  The invaders have bought cannon with them which they fire at the castle.  The smoke from the cannon clears… but the defences are too strong and the castle is undamaged.  Despite the Royalists’ best efforts, the siege is ended when Parliamentarian reinforcements arrive and the Royalists flee.

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