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Winter Weekend in Ibiza | Part 1: The Dalt Vila

This must be the best time to see Ibiza without the crowds!

The Daily Norm

When I think of Ibiza, images of boozy beach parties and cocktails under the stars accompanied by the mechanical beat of Buddha bar and the chilled groves of Café del Mar spring to mind. And while for thousands every year, a trip to the Balearic’s most infamous island means, in the words of the Vengaboys, that they’re “gonna have a party, Whoa! in the Mediterranean sea…”, at this time of the year, the only party you’re going to have is with the shadows filling the deserted streets and beaches. For as I discovered when a business trip took me to Ibiza last weekend, Ibiza is officially in the midsts of its hibernation.

Ibiza’s historical old town


This is no more obvious that in the hilly streets of the Dalt Vila, or “upper town” as the ancient old town of Ibiza’s capital is called – an area packed with stunning little…

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city of bones


towels packed, will travel

Crossing the Tejo River and heading east from Lisbon, one enters the province of Alentejo — a sleepy land of whitewashed villages, rolling vineyards, and traditional farming with a focus on cork manufacture and a multitude of pork products. In warmer months, it would make for a great road trip destination for anyone interested in wine, good food, and local culture. As our Portugal vacation took place in January, we simply paid a visit to Évora, Alentejo’s capital city.


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City Views {From Around the World)

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Whenever you visit a city and ask advice for what you should see and do there, you are usually always recommended a view point.  “Climb up to _____, to see the amazing view!”  “You should definitely go to ____ because the view is spectacular!” etc, etc.

So, today I thought I would show you some of my favourite city views.  Some of these have featured on past posts and some will be in future posts.  One of my favourite types of posts to create are those where I look through my travelling photos and find themes.  Like my posts on mountains, beaches and flowers.

So, in no particular order.  Some of my favourite city views.

Where better way to start than home; London.  There are so many view points in London; The Monument, St Paul’s Cathedral, The London Eye, The Shard, Many park…

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Horse & Dolphin Yard… and a secret part of Chinatown unveiled!

Another hidden gem!

London Unveiled

Horse and Dolphin

While Chinatown is viewed by many as overly touristy, it has a great history and is a wonderful part of London in its own right.  There are plenty of little courtyards and alleyways within Chinatown and one of my favourites with a great street name is the ‘Horse and Dolphin Yard’.  Located off ‘Macclesfield St’, between ‘Gerrard St’ and ‘Shaftesbury Avenue’ is this small yard that was not that many years ago an unattractive service alley.  As part of the area’s regeneration it is now a small hidden gem offering a peaceful place to enjoy a newly built pagoda and enjoy an award winning public art installation titled “1888”.


History:  The current dutch bar – De Hems – located on Macclesfield St just to the north of the yard was originally the ‘Horse and Dolphin Coaching Inn’, which dated from 1685.  ‘Horse and dolphin’ is an odd combination for…

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Promenading the Banks of Canal Saint-Martin

For those, like me who were unaware of this canal in Paris!

Travel with Intent

I love a waterside walk and Paris obliges with the Seine, of course. But it has another waterway that makes for a pleasant stroll, one that isn’t so well known by tourists and therefore more likely to provide a moment of peace in this busy city. Though, on the bright autumn day that I chose to investigate the canal, the locals were there in force to enjoy the rays.


Take a little stroll up the east bank with me and you’ll see why it has become my new favourite place for a Paris promenade.  It’s easy to reach – just a short walk from Place de la Republique (see map at end of post).


It really was the perfect day to take this stroll.


…or to sit and not stroll.

a1-7041There are several crossing points, some just pedestrian, but a couple are swing road bridges.


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Sit a While in Kew

Travel with Intent


You can visit Kew with delight at any time of the year (and you can visit at a bargain right now, as entry is only £9.50 until the end of January 2015).  If you get a bright day, grab a bench and rest a while before you wander the grounds.

Then rest some more.


If you’re there in winter and it all gets a bit too chilly, you can hide away in a glass house till the blood flows again!  And if orchids are your thing make a note to visit on or after 7 February this year, as that’s the opening day of the annual, stunning Orchid Festival.

Linked to the new Benches challenge, and to Shadowed and Our World Tuesday.

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