Category archives: England

A pleasantly wet weekend in England

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Yes, you have read correctly - the words 'wet' and 'pleasant' are both in that title. Now, before you dismiss me as crazy defector who has run over to the dark side of weather appreciation, let me assure you, that we're not talking about wet-by-rain here. I forgive you that mistake though - after all, I'm talking about my recent weekend spree to Northern Eng[...]

Bestival Festival: Glitter, Fancy Dress & Hugs

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Walking into Bestival, a four-day music festival on the Isle of Wight, for the first time felt reminiscent of walking into my very first big-girl sleepover. I remember the sheer excitement of having a whole night of lax parental supervision that would be filled with eating too much ice-cream, playing truth or dare and talking to that cute boy. It was this[...]

Where's Mr. Darcy? - A visit to Chatsworth House

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Ever since I saw the film adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice at the tender age of 14 I have been in love. I have been in love with the fictional Pemberley and longed to visit the breath-taking grounds; to see a sodden Mr. Darcy wandering through the flowers in a see-through shirt; to pull out my camera (yes, I know it’s anachronistic) and take m[...]

Welcome to Boomtown Fair

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Dig out those wellies, spray on that glitter and most important of all, start planning those costumes… Boomtown Fair is coming to town. August 2012 will see the weird and wonderful world of Boom roll up into a secret location in the South West of England for the fourth year running. This four day festival of Bacchanalian revelry is most definitely on the ris[...]

5 reasons to call on the Cotswolds

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The fast pace of city life can get us all in a whirl sometimes. Luckily, living in the south west of England means world-class countryside and old English towns of yore right on my doorstep. When a close friend asked me to bunny-sit their fat, little house rabbits in Bradford-on-Avon, I flung urban life to the crisp, countryside wind and hopped on the train [...]

10 Reasons Why Britannia Rules

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Attention! Diamond jubilee fever is officially over after reaching its ultimate peak with the Queen's birthday yesterday. Stores have spent the last two weeks frantically stocking up on emergency supplies. 364 miles of bunting has been snapped up at Sainsbury's and Asda has ordered in a massive 2.8 million Victoria sponge cakes to supply the demand of the ma[...]

Surfing in England - Lessons from a Pro

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There’s nothing like paddling out in the salty seawater, knowing that you can leave all your daily stress behind. Your mind is focused on one thing only: riding down the perfect wave. All the fear, exhaustion and tiredness that you have felt suddenly turns into energy, strength and motivation, welcoming you to life - the life. Summer is over and so is su[...]

5 reasons to go to the Lake District

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The Lake District is England's largest National Park and, for me, one of the most beautiful National Parks in the world. Home to both William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter no trip to the UK could be complete without a stop off here. But if you need any more convincing here are my 5 reasons why you should go to the Lakes: photo by Nina Hüpen-Bestendonk [...]

Road trip - Best of England in 12 days?

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As you might know from my description in the meet the Travelettes section, I really wanted to go on a England roadtrip since ... well, ever. When my friend Luisa asked me last winter to do a trip like this with her this summer, I was jumping around like a crazy chicken. I so would! Since then, I dream of England in the brightest colours and see ourselves roc[...]

Roadtripping through South England

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After having lived in London for a year, I finally found the time to go on a little roadtrip through South England and my expectations were absolutely exceeded. South England offers something for almost everyone; for nature friends, passionate surfers, hikers, photographers, food lovers, romatics and those who just want to escape the big city life for a whil[...]