Quaint would be the word that comes to mind when describing The Cotswolds. Located around 2 hours west of London, this region is known for its old world charm. Laced with ivy covered stone cottages, picket fences and cobbled lanes, its villages exude an old world charm that has drawn visitors under its spell for years.
It's not hard to see why. Just two hours west of London, it's an easy weekend getaway and one of the best places to see quaint English villages. There are so many Cotswolds villages to choose from, all with their own unique charm, however one of the best Cotswolds villages to visit is the iconic The Slaughters.
When travelling around the UK I religiously used the site Rome2Rio to help me navigate new places. Quite often our transport choice is just to get from A to B. In Europe I mostly went by foot, with the occasional metro or taxi ride however on occasion the mode of transport was the key attraction for me.
In Portugal it was the Acensor da Gloria, San Sebastian the Igeuldo Funicular and Swedish Lapland a skidoo! One of the best places that I found for unique transportation options was the UK. With their history steeped in transport innovation, there is a large range of unique methods of transport dotted around the map that create a unique and often spectacular way to view the surrounds.
When asked to write an article for Rome2Rio, I couldn't help but to think back to my time living in the UK and all of the unique methods of transport we took to see the sights. From the one of the kind, to viewing the sights like a bird, you'll be sure to mark these spots on your itinerary for your next trip to the UK.
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Granada is a hub of Spanish- Islamic art, in particular Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzin, It is also a city that boasts many parks and gardens. It is a spectacular area to visit on its own, or as a day trip from Seville.
Weather wise, its winters are cool but comfortable, with an average temperature of 12.6°C (55°F). Summers are hot and dry with an average temperature of 34°C (93.2°F) in its hottest month, July, however temperatures often soar above 40°C (104°). Autumn and Summer in Granada are quite variable, with the temperatures ranging from cool to quite warm.
If you've not been to Rome yet, then you may already feel like you have been. It is such a popular city and has been documented widely on the internet. I would say it is one of the most Instagrammable city in Italy. Before we visited we knew of all of the major sites. The Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, the city is packed with iconic landmarks. Some people sigh and think 'ahh Rome it is soooo touristy'. Well, yes and no.
Firstly, you need to be selective about the time of year you visit. We recommend mid Autumn and Spring. Winter is too cold and Summer, well, good luck with the crowds! Secondly, it helps to have a local to show you around. Wait, you don't have one of those? Well you're lucky because we did and we're about to show you how to visit Rome with a local.
Located in the Mediterranean just south of Sicily. Its capital Valletta is located on the largest island Malta, with the smaller islands Gozo and Camino also forming part of the archipelago that is collectively known as 'Malta'.
Geographically Malta is situated in a key position between East and West and over the years has been occupied by Greeks, Phonecians, Carthaginians, Romans, Arabs, Normans and then finally, by invitation, the Brits before they gained their independence on the 21st of September 1964.
A rich cultural history has contributed significantly to the architecture, language and culture, making Malta both a unique and attractive destination. Its language is partly Arabic, partly Sicilian and partly English, so don't be surprised if somethings look or sound a little familiar.
There are many great places to visit in Malta, despite its compact size. It truly is the gem of the Mediterranean. Should you visit Malta? Yes you should and these just 10 of the reasons why.
If you're searching for impressive cathedrals, then Britain has some of the best. If you've visited England and skipped visiting a cathedral or a castle, then in our opinion you've missed out on an important part of England's history both culturally and historically. In our travels we've been to many, in all honesty, we search them out! Here are some of the best.
Everyone knows about the 'White Cliffs of Dover' but have you heard about the White Cliffs of Beachy Head? Just one county over in East Sussex, lay a chain of impressive white cliffs with drops and views to rival Dover's and best of all they're kind of a local secret so they're not full of tourists!
Join us as we give you a 'locals' tour of the best places to enjoy the White Cliffs of Beachy Head.
Calling Harry Potter Fans!
So you've been on the Harry Potter Studios Tour and you're wanting to expand your Potter experience, then look no further, Scotland's Harry Potter train is for you.
We boarded our carriage at Arisaig, Scotland's western most train station, with excitement. Whilst officially known as the 'Jacobite Steam Train', it has been lovingly renamed the 'Harry Potter Train' by many, after the track was used in several of the movies. The Potter fans were particularly excited and had been waiting for this moment the whole trip. The non Potter fans, were just as excited, anticipating the beautiful scenery that lay ahead on what is one of the world's famous train journeys.
We've seen squirrels galore and even a badger or two in the East Sussex Wilderness, but we've yet to see an otter in the wild. Unfortunately the native otters are almost extinct in our area, with sightings sadly being reduced to finding dead otters. Last year we had hope to go on an otter cruise up in Northumberland, but transport to the region caused us to change our plans and visit Wales instead.
When the opportunity came to see wild otters being cared for with the view of returning them to the wild, we jumped at the chance, and we weren't disappointed.
It is sometimes easy to forget the sheer amount of territory that the Romans once occupied. Encompassing much of Europe and the UK, there are traces of their occupancy scattered throughout the continent.
Whilst some are more well known such as Hadrian's wall in the UK, the Segovia Aqueduct and the Colosseum in Rome, there are plenty of smaller, yet still significant sites that are worth visiting if you are interested in the Roman Empire and exploring its ruins.
Lyon, in France, is one of those places.
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