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Travel Report: The Grand Union Canal, Berkhamstead.

The Grand Union Canal, Berkhamstead. September 2019. I’d had an excellent couple of days retracing the steps of my youth around the Buckinghamshire towns of Chesham and Amersham. But now, on this pleasingly sunny autumnal morning, it was time to head back to London. I’d spent the night at my old friend Steppers’ place in Chesham. The […]

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Travel Report: Old Amersham, England.

Old Amersham. August 2019. I’ve always been just a little envious of people who’ve had the same family house all their lives. That sense of safety and stability I’m guessing you get whenever you return home. Especially in a small town or village, where the changes over the decades are somewhat gradual compared to those […]

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Travel Report: Chesham, England.

Chesham, England. August 2019. The leafy English market town of Chesham in Buckinghamshire isn’t an exciting place. In fact, one might say it has very little to entice the passing traveler. While nobody could describe Chesham as the pulsating heart of England, it does occupy a special place in my heart. Because, ladies and gentlemen, Chesham was […]

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Travel Report: Cool Spots Around Colchester.

May 2019. Following a string of travel reports from across the town’s most interesting sights, it’s time for me to wrap up my series with a rundown of Cool Spots Around Colchester. Whenever I visit new villages, towns and cities, I usually blitz the local cafe scene. However, in Colchester my dear old grandma made […]

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Travel Report: St Botolph’s Priory, Colchester.

May 2019. I love how the majority of Colchester’s sights are dripping with history and free to visit! From Castle Park and Hollytrees Museum to Firstsite and Colchester Natural History Museum, it was certainly a refreshing change from the relentless costs of London. Another free Colchester delight that’s well worth your time is St. Botolph’s Priory, […]

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Travel Report: Firstsite Art Gallery, Colchester.

May 2019. I wouldn’t have put the English city of Colchester down as any kind of art Mecca. But then I’d never heard of Firstsite Art Gallery until I started researching the town’s key attractions. I do love a free art exhibition. Therefore, following the artistic void of Ruian, China, I was literally rubbing my […]

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Travel Report: Hollytrees Museum, Colchester.

May 2019. If you’re coming to Colchester for a visit, you’ll almost certainly be heading straight to the town’s main attractions, Colchester Castle and the leafy confines of surrounding Castle Park. While you’re exploring, keep your eyes open for the handsome Hollytrees Museum, a three-hundred-year-old Georgian townhouse lovingly converted into an exhibition of local life. […]

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Travel Report: Colchester Castle Park, England.

May 2019. After my enlightening visit to the excellent Colchester Castle Museum, it was time for a stroll around the absolutely gorgeous Castle Park. Hot on the heels of my recent return from Asia, I felt positively awestruck by how green and fresh England felt. Colchester’s landscaped Victorian era park is an 11-hectare complex situated just to […]

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Travel Report: Colchester Castle Museum, England.

Colchester Castle Museum. May 2019. I had just arrived in the town of Colchester for a long overdue reunion with my grandma. I was back in England after two years exploring various countries in Asia. In the meantime, my nan had relocated to this little English town I knew nothing about. While nan was busy […]

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Travel Report: Tapsa Temple, South Korea.

Tapsa Temple. Want to get the full picture? Before reading, why not start with my article on Maisan Mountain. April 2019. I thought I’d seen it all when it came to temples. But deep in the heart of southwestern Korea sits a frankly staggering temple unlike any other. It’s called Tapsa Temple and it had […]

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