Countryside

Traveletting on the Trans-Mongolian Railway

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Moments pass like a blur through the scratched window of my airport taxi. Communist tower blocks, Russian lettering, illuminating lights at the street side, and then blackness as far as the eye could see. Ulaan Baatar was the beginning of my trip through Mongolia, Siberia and Russia, and upon first landing, the city was like no other part of Asia I had previ[...]

5 Reasons to visit Darjeeling

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The emerald green hill station of Darjeeling is nestled in the far north-eastern corner of India, sitting 2,590 metres above sea level in the lower Himalayas. Bordering Bhutan, Sikkim and Tibet, and with Nepal just over across the mountain ranges, the culture here is a magical blend of all these places. Not just famous for its cup of steaming hot Darjeeling [...]

Travelettes Christmas Calendar - Day 11: Red Rooster Farm Holiday

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Congrats to Katharina for winning yesterday's Spa weekend in the Black Forest in Germany! Whoop Whoop! We're nearly half-way to Christmas and really excited about today's giveaway. Imagine this: it's a sunny day, you're sitting on a terrace, enjoying a delicious meal complete with regional wine while looking out over a gorgeous Austrian landscape, [...]

How to do a luxury English country weekend

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I’ve been treated to a few beautiful sights in my travels. Sunsets painting the sky with fire in Indonesia. A thundering waterfall oasis in Thailand. Vibrant underwater kingdoms in Honduras. But as much as these memories have touched my heart and as much as I know there is so much more to discover, sometimes I catch a glimpse of a sight here in England that [...]

Why You Should Visit North Yorkshire Now

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After four years of living it up in Berlin, I’ve finally decided that it’s time to head back to the UK. Whenever I’ve been telling friends about my upcoming relocation, they usually have already made up their mind on where I'll end up - London, right? How about Manchester? Maybe up to Edinburgh? When I tell them I’m going back to North Yorkshire – the area w[...]

The best wine tasting in Finger Lakes Wine Country

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It's noon on a Saturday and I am celebrating happy hour somewhere as I languidly sip on a Pinot Noir and take in the view around me. My surroundings are reminiscent of that old Windows screen saver; you know the one with the rolling green hills, fluffy clouds and idyllic sky. It's funny how coming from New York City I seem to find this perfect vista unnatura[...]

Borneo - Where the Wild Things are

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Back when I started diving in March my friend who had accompanied me to Koh Tao was amazed by my sudden interest in the marine life. Apparently I have a short attention span in all other things so the idea that I would stare at fish for hours at a time and not get bored was beyond her. And while diving takes a bit more than just staring at fish, I guess it w[...]

Falling in Love with Fethiye

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The first real glimpse we have of Fethiye, during our trip to Turkey, is from above. A patchwork blanket of terracotta-coloured rooftops spreads out before us, the high-shine domes of mosques and the odd satellite dish winking in the dazzling sun. In the distance, the glittering sea provides a suitably epic backdrop, dotted with picturesque islands rising up[...]

A Cruise on the Dalyan River

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Last month, I was lucky enough to go on a wonderful honeymoon. Even though I’m not married. Now, before you start thinking I crashed some poor, hapless soul's first few weeks of wedded bliss, ("Hi guys, where are we sleeping?") let me quickly explain! A dear friend of mine has had a pretty crap year and to cut a long story short, her honeymoon to Turkey was [...]

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[...]

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