Travel Tuesday: Rome

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Rome has been one of my all time favourite places to visit and was the first non-english speaking country I visited alone.  I visited last Christmas for three days and stayed at a lovely hotel aptly named Hotel Romae.  The hotel is a short walk to Termini (the train station) and where I was able to catch the hop on- hop off bus which goes around the whole city and all of the tourist destinations.  For my first bus ride I stayed on for the trip to see the city, then I decided which places I wanted to get off at and explore.  Rome is a beautiful city where the remains of the ancient city stand beside the modern buildings.  One of these such structures is the Colosseum, which is a huge looming arena in the middle of the city.  I spent an entire day exploring the Colosseum and did an audio tour.  Construction of the Colosseum originally began in 72 AD but wasn’t completed until 80 AD.  The Colosseum was home to battles between Gladiators and wild animals for public viewing, the Gladiators were usually slaves or prisoners of war or criminals and all the fights were to the death.

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Travel Tuesday: Buckingham Palace

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Buckingham Palace is a place which I, like many others most commonly identify with being British, it is one of the images – along with Big Ben – we see the most.  In late 2011 I finally decided to go for a day trip to the Palace and go inside.  It was an amazing trip, I was able to see Kate Middleton’s Wedding Dress  (which was beautiful) and the Throne room.

Buckingham Palace has been the official residence of the British sovereigns since 1837 and was Queen Victoria’s home.  The Palace is made up of 775 room and is the headquarters for the Royal Family.

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Travel Tuesday: Dublin, Ireland

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I love to travel, it has to be one of my all time favourite things.  Discovering new places with rich history, learning about new cultures and walking around buildings which have withstood the ravages of time and imagining what life must have been like for those who lived in them, I personally can’t think of anything more exciting.

I have always wanted to visit Ireland so when I went on holiday to Dublin, it was very exciting.  Here are some photos of two of the places in Dublin I visited, Dublin Castle and the Guinness factory.  Dublin Castle is a beautiful building and the Guinness factory provides a wonderful tour of the factory where the famous beverage was first created.

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Travel Tuesday: Brighton Beach

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I love to travel, it has to be one of my all time favourite things.  Discovering new places with rich history, learning about new cultures and walking around buildings which have withstood the ravages of time and imagining what life must have been like for those who lived in them, I personally can’t think of anything more exciting.

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While I was in the UK I visited Brighton Beach because I wanted to see what a British day at the seaside was like.  Brighton is a lovely seaside city with a pier which offers great views of the beach and other attractions.  It was a lovely day by the seaside.

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Travel Tuesday: Leeds Castle

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I love to travel, it has to be one of my all time favourite things.  Discovering new places with rich history, learning about new cultures and walking around buildings which have withstood the ravages of time and imagining what life must have been like for those who lived in them, I personally can’t think of anything more exciting.  So, I’m introducing a new feature to my blog showcasing the places I have been both recently and in the past.

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To kick off my first travel post is my visit to Leeds Castle – which in case you didn’t know is not actually in Leeds.  Leeds Castle, which looks like the quintessential fairytale castle is actually situated in Kent (in the United Kingdom) and sits amongst 500 acres comprised of parkland and formal gardens.  The castle, which was during the reign of William the Conqueror’s son, was a royal residence for 300 years before it became a private residence.    The castle was used by Henry VIII and his first wife Katherine of Aragon.    The castle’s rich history can be seen in it’s architecture which has influence from medieval times, to Tudor times to the early 1900s to the 1930s.

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Winchester, Jane Austen and King Arthur’s round table….

So, I recently did a little day trip to Winchester – which by the way was once upon a time the captial city of England (a very, very long time ago).  It is a beautiful Cathedral city in the county of Hampshire and also the city in which Jane Austen is buried – my little literary heart squeals with joy.  It is also home to Arthur’s round table – yes, the King Arthur’s round table, you may have heard of him, he’s the guy who pulled the sword out of the big stone and became King.  Many a story and fable has been written about him.  Anywho, I did indeed see the round table and while, I myself am skeptical as to whether a) King Arthur really did exist and b) if this really is his round table – it is a very, very, very old round table and it’s still amazing to see.  Also, seeing Jane Austen’s grave was very exciting even though it is nothing spectacular.  Now onto the photos of the round table and Jane Austen’s grave (which is in Winchester Cathedral – also worth a look):

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