Hever Castle, the Childhood Home of Anne Boleyn
The childhood home of Anne Boleyn, Hever Castle was an easy choice for a day trip from London. It’s a wonderful castle with expansive history and several rooms to explore – not to mention the wonderful gardens and grounds. I was also quite happy to find the town of Hever very small but very charming. It makes a wonderful day trip for everyone.
Anne Boleyn at Hever Castle
The castle was initially built around the 13th century and became part of the Boleyn family property in 1462.
Anne Boleyn’s birth date is debating, but it’s speculated that Anne Boleyn wasn’t … Continue reading
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Exploring London: Things to Do & Travel Guide
London needs no introduction. I’ve now been to this city three times and it was actually my first international destination ever. I have to be honest: when I went for the first two times, I was a little put off since I was expecting something different, maybe something a bit more cohesive or something that felt older. I most recently went back to London in 2022 with the hopes of knowing the city better. Armed with a travel blogger mindset, I made a list and visited a lot of fantastic places.
Since London has so much for tourists to do, … Continue reading
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Jane Austen’s Bath: 13 Essential Places to See
Jane Austen is almost synonymous with Bath, England. It’s ironic considering that she didn’t even like the city. In once instance, she wrote to her sister Cassandra, “It will be two years tomorrow since we left Bath for Clifton, with what happy feelings of escape.” But it doesn’t matter that places like Chawton and Steventon are places she loved more dearly. Having lived in Bath for several years and using it as a backdrop, and even a secondary character, for many of her novels, Jane Austen’s most associated city is Bath. Fans flock here every year and it can even … Continue reading
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Exploring the Walled Town of Korcula: Things to Do & Travel Guide
I got to do a bit of island hopping on my trip to Croatia and Korcula was one of the stops I needed to make. Done as an all-day trip between Dubrovnik and Split, Korcula ended up being one of my favourite destinations in Croatia!
(Please note that the town called Korcula is on an island also called Korcula. While some people have explored more of the island, my focus was on the walled town.)
Korcula Island’s history goes way back to when it was inhabited by the Greeks and Romans. However, the town of Korcula was built … Continue reading
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London’s Harry Potter Studio Tour
I love Harry Potter. I’ve been a huge fan since childhood, have seen all the movies in theatres (which at this stage is admitting how old I am), and a nice collection of Harry Potter plushies. I even once hosted a Harry Potter-themed Christmas.
But you don’t need me to tell you how much Harry Potter means to millions of people around the globe. I don’t need to convince you to visit London’s Harry Potter Studio Tour. You’re already planning a trip there and screaming “take my money!” to see props, costumes, and behind-the-scenes looks at eight movies that helped … Continue reading
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6 Day Trips from Split, Croatia
Split’s an excellent city in its own right but due to its proximity to other towns, it’s a great place to base yourself to explore northern Dalmatia via day trips. Though I didn’t get to visit all the amazing places around Split, here are six places I did visit and what I thought of them.
When I was researching where to visit in Croatia, Hvar was a name that came up repeatedly. I have to admit that I didn’t see much appeal in visiting Hvar since I’m more of a city person, but I opted to visit anyway. Even … Continue reading
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Exploring the Small Town of Sibenik: Things to Do & Travel Guide
On my way from Split to Zadar, I opted to make a few stops at different towns. One town I’d heard good things about was Sibenik, a little bayside town with a lot of charm. It’s a bit of a hidden gem but easily accessible, so I stopped in little Sibenik for a few hours. It was incredibly gorgeous and one of my favourite stops in Croatia.
The History of Sibenik
Sibenik (chi-ben-ick) has an unusual history for Croatia since it was founded by the Croats. It’s first mentioned in 1066 and was made a city in 1169, with its … Continue reading
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A Day Trip to Montenegro: Perast & Kotor
Sometimes I like visiting countries for the sake of it, and when I was in Dubrovnik, I opted to take a day trip down to Montenegro. It was beyond my expectations and so worth a trip. Kotor actually ended up being one of the highlights of my vacation! So without further adieu, here’s a wrap-up of Perast and Kotor in Montenegro.
A little bit of history: Perast’s most notable history is a lot more recent than some surrounding areas. It became a part of the Venetian Empire from 1420-1797, which is when it thrived and developed the look … Continue reading
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Exploring Madrid, the Heart of Spain: Things to Do & Travel Guide
I have to be honest: Madrid was not at the top of my bucket list. Even though the museums were a huge draw to the city, I felt I wouldn’t like it as Madrid’s a lot “newer” than other cities. But in the wake of the pandemic, I found a cheap flight and decided to take the trip. Now Madrid’s actually one of my favourite cities!
The History of Madrid
Madrid started as an Islamic city in the 9th century, though it of course fell under Christian rule. It remained a relatively sleepy town until 1561, when King Philip II … Continue reading
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Exploring the Slovene Capital of Ljubljana: Things to Do & Travel Guide
Ljubljana: one of Europe’s smallest capitals but a tiny gem of a fairytale town. During my trip to Croatia, I was eager to see more and decided on a day trip to Slovenia. I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed my time, but I have a different take on the city: it deserves more than a day. A day is “enough” but I wish I’d stayed longer. Read on to learn why.
Ljubljana (pronounce Loo-blee-ah-nuhh) dates back to Roman times but the city as it is today started in the medieval era. The iconic castle atop Ljubljana … Continue reading
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