City Tripping #3

Brrrr. Winter is very suddenly here. Fortunately that’s no bar to a bit of city exploration, as I’ve discovered myself over the last week – from the castle at Dover to the preparations for Christmas at Kew.

I have to admit, I wouldn’t say no to a lovely sunshiney city break though! In the meantime, it’s hot chocolate and a bit of virtual wanderlust with week 3 of the City Tripping linky.

chicagoCITYLast week, my first time to host, matched the launch with 25 more great posts linked up, so do check out our four favourites – and I hope you’ll join up again over at Wandermum.

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Kew Gardens prepares for Christmas

Today started as a thoroughly grumpy day. I won’t bore you with the list, but for starters it’s anyone’s guess if that house move I mentioned is actually going to happen. Throw in some selective hearing from Minnie and there was only one solution: get outside asap.

The sky was thankfully blue, as being stuck indoors definitely wasn’t going to help my mood, and as it’s been a while since we last went to Kew Gardens, we hopped into the car and headed over – Minnie’s balance bike in the boot for a spot of practice.


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Family day out: Dover Castle, Kent

Dover Castle has stood on the cliffs overlooking the Channel for nine centuries. I couldn’t help feeling we had chosen one of the least promising days since the 11th century to visit…

Staying with friends in Kent at the weekend, we had been looking around for a great family day out which wouldn’t involve too much, well, outdoors. On a day which started with sleet and snow, turning to torrential rain then some impressive winds, I wanted nice thick walls.

dover-castle-kent-flagsFortunately, after our slightly late departure (wrangling a one-year-old, three-year-old and an almost five-year-old meant the universe scoffed at our schedule), we missed the worst of the deluge and booted, hatted, gloved and raincoated, set off to explore. Because with 80 acres, there is plenty to discover.

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Travel theming everyday life

There may only be six weeks left of this year (scary..) but I had still hoped to find time for some more travel.

But while we’ve got a weekend away in Kent with friends planned, and I have my National Trust and Kew Gardens memberships burning a metaphorical hole in my pocket, that’s likely to be everything for this year.

Image of the map of the world on two open handsBecause all my spare cash is going on a slightly shorter journey: transporting all my worldly goods and possessions from our home to a new house. Yep, we’re moving (subject to references).
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City Tripping #2

What a difference a week makes. When Wander Mum and I launched our brand new linky City Tripping last week, I wasn’t the only one talking about Paris being one of my favourite cities.

The terrible events of Friday night haven’t changed that at all, while I’ve also been remembering my trip to Beirut, which was similarly targeted.

The Statue of Liberty and New York's skylineSo all the more reason, I think, to celebrate our favourite cities around the world. We had 25 fantastic posts linked up last week for our launch, which means it’s already been a tricky job narrowing down our favourites.
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