Circus Lane, Edinburgh: a quick guide for visiting this pretty spot

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Circus Lane, Edinburgh is my new favourite spot in the city for a quiet walk and some lovely photographs.

This is one thing I really love about Edinburgh and one of the many reasons I keep going back over the years: no matter how many times I’ve been, there’s always another little hidden gem to discover. Brilliant stuff.

So I thought I’d whack out this short post about Circus Lane, Edinburgh with a bit of useful information if you’re planning a visit to it while you’re in Edinburgh…

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A day trip to the Valley of the Nuns (Curral das Freiras), Madeira

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Getting the bus up to the Valley of the Nuns, Madeira (or Curral das Freiras in Portuguese) was one of the first short day trips we did from Funchal, back on our first ever visit to Madeira. Since then, we’ve been back to the valley several times and always enjoyed it. There’s not much there, but the views are spectacular.

So I thought I’d put together this little guide on visiting Curral das Freiras in case anyone else is thinking of exploring the area…

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What to pack for a spring city break

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Here’s a few tips for what to pack for a spring city break. Typically, it’s going to be warm-ish in the day and bloody cold at night and RyanAir somehow expect you to cope with this MADNESS within 15kg. I don’t normally do packing guides but I was just pondering what a faff packing is in changeable spring weather.

You know that thing when it’s the week before you go away and you empty the entire contents of your wardrobe all over your bed yet still you have NOTHING to wear? So you end up chucking all sorts of mismatched crap into your suitcase? And then you get to where you’re going and nothing is right?

Yeah, that.

That’s something you don’t need to do. I promise. Sort of. To be honest, I still find packing hard in spring (or autumn, TBH). But we always tend to do a city break in April/May so I’ve learned some things over the years. If this helps anyone with packing, I’ll feel I’ve done some kind of heroic good deed for the world.

Right. Here are my tips…

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40 things to do in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

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Here are 40 of my favourite things to do in Funchal, Madeira. I’ve been there enough times now that I feel I can give plenty of tips on how best to spend your time in this beautiful island city.

I’ve tried to avoid anything too obvious like the Monte toboggans and I’ve only focused on the city of Funchal itself and day trips you can easily do from it without a car rather than looking at the entire island of Madeira… Otherwise, this will turn into 40 million things to do and no one will have the patience to read it. I’ll be impressed if anyone actually reads all 40 things to be honest…

Anyway, read on if you want some tips from a self-confessed Funchal addict. Enjoy.

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10 things to do in Stockport: a town of vegan eats and vintage treats

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I thought I’d put together this little list of some of my favourite things to do in Stockport, one of the 2 nearest large towns to where I currently live (the other is Macclesfield, which I also recommend). Stockport is often overshadowed by the city of Manchester being so close to it, but it actually has some brilliant places to eat and drink as well as some lovely vintage shops worth seeking out. Unfortunately, it also has a fairly run down shopping area, a generic retail park and a brand new chain restaurant/cinema complex, so this can give a negative first impression. I wasn’t taken with it at all when we first visited. It wasn’t until we ventured to one of the food events on that I found all the little hidden gems round the old town and lovely market area and started to see a different side to Stockport.

So here are a few things to do in Stockport that I take friends to when they come for a visit or that I recommend to people who are in the area…

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How to pack a suitcase in 10 steps – without crying or screaming

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Okay, here it is: a guide to how to pack a suitcase efficiently, without wanting to give up on life and burn all your clothes. Running a travel blog called Pack The Suitcases, this was always an inevitable post for me wasn’t it?

I’d like to think I’ve nailed the best way to pack a suitcase over many, many years of trips and I really don’t pack light at all so I have had to learn how to cram it all in. Nine times out of 10, I manage to do it without crying/screaming these days, which must mean I’ve learned something. I even got a full 2 weeks’ worth of every-temperature-covered clothing into my suitcase for Japan and nobody died.

So here are my packing tips and what to do…

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