28
Jun2012
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My family and I visited Venice in 2005 on a holiday and it was our favourite city of the trip. It was as beautiful as I remember, and I was thrilled to show it to Rob.  I was enamoured  by a city with no roads. Apparently, the city is built on millions of pinewood piles driven deep into the compressed clay-mud base which, over time, petrified in the absence of oxygen. Then, a series of horizontal planks and marble like […]

19
Jun2012
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Lonely Planet called Florence an essential stop on everyone’s Italian itinerary. We completely agree. The Renaissance architecture, statues and art is wonderful and everywhere and overwhelming. We had a fantastic few days. One of the highlights of our trip was seeing the statue of David at the Galleria dell’ Accademia. Hindsight is 20/20, but I *strongly* recommend you reserve tickets before you go here or to the Uffizi Gallery. We ended up waiting 2 hours to see David. We should’ve […]

08
Jun2012
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Because my (Rob’s) cousin Caroline was getting married in Italy, we decided that it was a great excuse to see some parts of the country that we haven’t seen before. The first on the list was Pisa. We were told that Pisa can be done in a day, and I’ll revise that to say it can be done in 3 hours. This is not to take anything away from the views of the Campo dei Miracoli, because it is quite […]

05
Jun2012
2

As many of you know, I’m a Harry Potter fan (Liz, not Rob). I’ve read the books, I’ve seen the films, I even have a few collectables. So when I heard about the Harry Potter Studio Tour, there was no question about it. We were going to see it. And Elly too. The rumour was that Warner Bros. Studios had kept every prop, set and costume so they could be put on display. Normally, a film studio will sell everything […]

03
Jun2012
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On our last full day in Wales, we had to go see Conwy castle. Conwy is all about the castle – Lonely Planet said so and it was right. The castle is another great fortress in Edward I’s Welsh defences – a dramatic one too. It was built in just 5 years (1282 – 87) on an elongated rock, with eight huge drum towers punctuating the soaring walls. Very cool. Unike Caernarfon and Beaumaris castles, this spectacular castle didn’t need the […]

01
Jun2012
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During our trip in north Wales, it’s hard not to see castles. They are everywhere and it was the main reason we were in Wales! In the 13th century, King Edward I built castles in Wales as he conquered different towns and regions. That means there are plenty to see! Caernarfon Castle was our first port of call. Built in 1283 by King Edward I, it is surrounded by water on three sides. It is famous for withstanding a 1404 […]