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Going Coconuts For Bali

Landing in Bali for our Christmas break, I felt a little apprehensive. Would it be the idyll I remembered from my childhood. The smell and the heat as I stepped off the plane was familiar but as we headed out from the airport, it soon became apparent this was a very different Bali to the one I had known. Not necessarily better or worse, just changed. The first thing I noticed was the unbelievable traffic, no road rage however just lots and lots of motorbikes seemingly coming from all directions. The development was also immense but as we drove past Seminyak and started to arrive in Canggu - a sprinkling of rice paddies came into view and any worries I had...

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An Insiders Guide to The Isle of Wight

With the current heatwave that has just happened and school holidays beginning my thoughts turn to our usual August destination - The Isle of Wight. There is so much going on around this beautiful Island it would be hard to fit it all in, so I thought I would just focus on the bits I know best - West Wight. Getting the ferry across from Lymington to Yarmouth, you feel like you are really heading away on holiday and arriving in the picturesque seaside town just confirms this. There are plenty of places to stay in Yarmouth. For a more grown up stay, I would recommend The George www.thegeorge.co.uk. It is a beautiful 17th Century Town house in a fabulous location...

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Magic, Marrakech & Jnane Tamsna

The Easter holidays are over and the kids are back at school, so I am finally finding some peace and calm to be able to sit down and write about fabulous Marrakech. I have never been before and didn't know really what to expect.  After a short 3 hour 10 minute flight from London, picked up promptly by a driver and immediately finding ourselves driving around the ancient walls of the Medinah, I knew immediately I was going to love it. There is a hint of magic about this city, whether it is from the snake charmers in the souk or the Berbers in their mysterious dress, it is intoxicating. However, this might also be down to the fabulous place we...

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A Girls Guide to a Paris Weekend

I am on a bit of a travel roll at the moment having just returned from a fantastic weekend in Paris with two great friends. Personally, I think the key to a brilliant girls weekend is organisation, but not too much - there are no adventures to be had if you stick to a rigid plan. I think the balance has to be the right amount of knowing roughly what you want to do, booking a couple of restaurants and a fabulous concierge to complete your trip. I was also lucky to have had some tips from another old friend of mine who used to live in Paris. RL and I had some great times together in our late teens and early twenties....

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