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Fox reveals Bristol Street Art: so much more than Banksy

DATE : March 1, 2017

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Bristol Street Art: so much more than Banksy October 17, 2016 by Heather Cowper

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“It’s a bit like Bristol really, you’re either clinging on by your fingertips or looking out to a bright future!” Well, perhaps Banky’s Bristol mural, The Well Hung Lover, is a metaphor for life in the city, as suggested by our street art guide Tina Altwegg of Where the Wall street art tours. Apparently Bristolians approach them all the time during their tours, and this was just one interpretation of the Banksy piece, given to them by a passer by on a previous tour. Our street art tour started and ended with a Banksy, but as we discovered there’s a lot more to the Bristol street art scene than the city’s most famous and mysteriously anonymous street artist.
Street art in Bristol
As we walked down the steps to view the Banksy mural from below, Tina fed us annecdotes about the art and artists..

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Spectacular Autumn Colour at Westonbirt Arboretum

DATE : March 1, 2017

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Spectacular Autumn Colour at Westonbirt Arboretum November 14, 2016 by Chris Callaghan

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Westonbirt Arboretum is hidden in the countryside near the historic market town of Tetbury in Gloucestershire — just a 40-minute drive from Bristol. Run by the Forestry Commission and home to over 18,000 tree and shrub species from across the world, the Arboretum welcomes groups and families all year round to explore its leafy pathways and open grounds.

The Arboretum’s roots run back to the Victorian era, when wealthy 19th-century landowner Robert Stayner Holford began planting seeds collected on his travels around the world. As the land passed down the generations, the collection grew and the trees matured. Today, the park explodes into colour during autumn and spring to the delight of the many thousands of onlookers who come through the gates each season.
Autumn at Westonbirt Arbo..

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A cosy weekend in Copenhagen – win a weekend break

DATE : March 1, 2017

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A cosy weekend in Copenhagen – win a weekend break December 18, 2016 by Heather Cowper

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There’s been a lot of talk about Hygge recently, the Danish word for those feel-good moments when you are snuggled up in front of the fire with a glass of mulled wine, or meeting friends in a café with candles flickering. If you’re considering a cosy weekend getaway to feel the warmth of good food and friendship, there’s no better place than Copenhagen. Read on to discover how you could win a weekend break in Copenhagen and get that Hygge feeling.

Hygge – getting cosy in Copenhagen When it’s cold and dark outside, you might like to curl up and read the bestselling book by Meik Wiking, The Little Book of Hygge, which is published by Penguin Books. It celebrates the small pleasures of life, from savouring a cinnamon bun fresh from the oven to having a relaxing meal with friends. In cas..

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A Weekend in Eastbourne – with cliff walks & fresh air

DATE : March 1, 2017

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A Weekend in Eastbourne – with cliff walks & fresh air November 17, 2016 by Heather Cowper

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One of my favourite weekend getaways is to go walking along England’s unspoiled coastal paths. Those sea views, wind and fresh air seem to blow away the cobwebs and leave me rejuvenated to tackle the challenges of daily life. My sister lives on the couth coast, so I was interested to see that Eastbourne have teamed up with TV presenter Michaela Strachan to highlight some of their food, culture and coastal walks.

They have a great series of videos which will inspire you with ideas for your next weekend break, if you’d like to breathe in some of that fresh coastal air. You can explore Eastbourne with Michaela Strachan and watch more videos like the one below.

If you can’t see the video above, watch it on YouTube here
Eastbourne makes the perfect base for an out of season weekend..

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How to spend a perfect weekend in Florence

DATE : March 1, 2017

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How to spend a perfect weekend in Florence November 26, 2016 by Heather Cowper

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While the summer may be over, autumn can bring clear, sunny days in Italy. Just the time for me to nip off to Florence for a weekend break with Citalia, to get a quick fix of culture and good food. My challenge was to strike the right balance between seeing the sights (and there are plenty!) while taking the time to soak up the atmosphere and charm of this ancient city set in the heart of Tuscany. Read on to discover how I spent my 48 hours in Florence.

Arriving Friday lunchtime Flying from London City Airport direct to Florence, I arrived at lunchtime to be whisked away by private taxi transfer, arranged through Citalia. Driving through the narrow streets, we arrived in 30 minutes at Hotel Balestri, where I was to stay for the next 2 nights. The hotel was well located by the river, close to..

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3 fab boutique hotels in Bristol – and what to do when staying there

DATE : March 1, 2017

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3 fab boutique hotels in Bristol – and what to do when staying there December 2, 2016 by Heather Cowper

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Living in Bristol I often get asked for recommendations on the best places to stay as well as what to do in my lovely home town. For travellers who enjoy taking short city-breaks, I believe that the choice of hotel is a big factor in how you experience a place. I prefer to stay at hotels that are centrally located, with stylish decor and a personal touch with staff who really care. I have my own comfy bed in Bristol, so I haven’t stayed overnight in the hotels I’m going to recommend, but I have visited them all for one event or another and they are hotels that I would choose myself, if I were visiting Bristol.
Where to stay and what to see in Bristol
1. Brooks Guest House – for quirky charm and affordability This charming guest house is right in the middle of the old..

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