Spa hotel in England

Late in May we went to relax for a weekend, the destination - SPA hotel in Buckinghamshire, England. Hotel name Crowne Plaza Marlow. For those who have been to SPA hotels in countries such as Latvia, Estonia, the Czech Republic or Hungary, a Spa hotel in England may seem different from what they use to imagine  about this kind of establishment, although overall things are not that bad. About Buckinghamshire Buckinghamshire is a county in the south-east of England, but…

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South Devon

In short, Devon is a county located in the South West of England and lays between Cornwall and Somerset; it also has a short border with Dorset in the south-east. Devon has an area of 6,707 square kilometres and has population of a bit more than one million people. Interesting fact - Devon is slightly bigger than the State of Palestine and is more than 20 times bigger than the smallest EU member state Malta. Biggest city is Exeter, however…

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Return from Italy to UK during COVID-19 pandemic

This blog is the second part about experiences during our trip to Italy during COVID-19 pandemic and is focusing on procedures before and after return. Traveling to the UK from a country on yellow list In June 2021 we had to go from UK to Italy; at that time Italy was on yellow travel list and only essential travel to those countries was allowed. So, we had to follow tough rules upon our return including tests and self-isolation. Since then,…

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Travel from UK to Italy during COVID-19 pandemic

This blog is a bit different from all those I have written earlier. Traveling to the country on yellow list In June 2021 we had to go from UK to Italy; at that time Italy was on yellow travel list and only essential travel to those countries was allowed. Now, about a month later, some rules, for example, regarding self-isolation for double-jabbed travellers, have changed. However, the basics still are the same and I was thinking that this information may…

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Durlston Country Park

There are so many places to visit in Dorset. This is another post about day out near Bournemouth. One Sunday, we got plenty of sunshine and decided to go to the south-eastern part of the Isle of Purbeck - some 20 miles (30 kilometres) from Poole. It could be less if we decided to use Sandbanks Ferry (it would only be about 12 miles away), however we decided to drive all the way by car. Durlston Country Park and National…

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Plymouth

Plymouth is a coastal city located on the South coast of England between Devon (South Hams district) and Cornwall. It has a population of about 260 thousand people being relatively small city; it got city status in 1928. We decided to visit Plymouth because of two major reasons - Plymouth Gin Distillery and National Marine Aquarium. I shall say straight away that as it appeared, Plymouth is even nicer than we could imagine - it looked very clean and cosy,…

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West Bay

West Bay
Jurassic Coast

West Dorset About one hour drive from Bournemouth to the west there is really beautiful small town West Bay. Trip itself is very nice because West Dorset has amazing scenery; almost all route you will drive up and down hills. Sometimes, from the top of hills, you can see the English Channel and even coastline. West Bay is a small resort town, located to the south from Bridport, about 15 miles from Weymouth, with its own pier, harbour, marina and…

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Abbotsbury Swannery

swans, dorset
Swans, Dorset

Visiting Abbotsbury Swannery in Dorset We have visited Abbotsbury Swannery twice; first time at the end of March and the second time in the beginning of May when new swans and other birds just have had the first new babies born. Either of visits were nice and we would go there again even just to have a nice walk around and enjoy this peaceful relaxing place in a company of of these amazing creatures. The Swannery was established by Benedictine…

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