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Paris in the Springtime: Montmartre and Sacre Coueur

  Another church bell alarm call – and I awake in a panic – someone has cut off my legs in the night! I can’t feel them at all! And when I step out of bed, I almost fall to the floor in a graceful heap. Mr Fletche reassures me that my legs are still intact, and points out that walking ten miles the previous…

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April 2011: Paris in the Springtime (Part 2)

Walking the length and breadth of Paris...…

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April 2011: Paris in the Springtime (Part 1)

Despite being our nearest European capital city, neither of us have ever visited Paris before, so this becomes our destination of choice for Mr Fletche's birthday trip.…

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2011: Birth of a photographer (and a psychology graduate!)

Somewhere in between our trips to Edinburgh in 2010 and Paris in 2011, two things changed in the Fletcher household.  Firstly, I tentatively took my first module towards my Open University Psychology degree.  I hadn’t studied in getting on for 20 years, and decided it was high time my teeny tiny brain was challenged a little.  I chose psychology for no reason other than that…

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Edinburgh Nov 2010 – A snowy anniversary weekend (Part 2)

After a chilly night (still not quite got that thermostat right…), we wake to see…. Oh, it’s not that bad actually. I expected snow up to our knees, and Eskimos building igloos in the square, but the sun is shining, and it looks like we’ll be able to continue exploring the city today. Worrying slightly about running out of clothes – I’ve already worn every…

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Edinburgh Nov 2010 – A snowy anniversary weekend (Part 1)

In 2008, when planning a wonderful wedding at the winter end of November, Mr Fletche and I never once gave thought to how we would celebrate our subsequent anniversary celebrations. And more importantly, with Christmas budgets looming, that it would not be feasible to jet off somewhere hot and sunny (a la our Maldives honeymoon) every year. So wedding anniversary Number One was spent in…

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USA Sept 2010 – “Star” Spotting in LA…

Our final full day in the US… and the final leg of our journey. Cambria to Los Angeles. We pack the Fletchemobile once more and set off at 9:30am after grabbing a light breakfast from the hotel office. We decide to fill up at the gas station that we passed driving to Main Street last night – only to find that they don’t accept credit…

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USA Sept 2010 – Big Sur: The most amazing coastal drive!

The alarm tolls at 8am – a veritable lie-in this morning – and after grabbing a quick pastry for breakfast, we’re all checked out and ready to leave Monterey behind. As we return to Route 1, it is clear how foggy it is today and we can barely see the ocean. However this leads to some dramatic scenery as we pay our $10 daily fee…

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USA Sept 2010 – Whale-watching and little fish spotting in Monterey

"The ocean is rough – very rough – and it’s not long before the first passenger is hanging over the back of the boat, expelling anything they may have eaten for breakfast. Once one person starts – that’s it…there’s a queue of people vomiting"…

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Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel List – How Many Have You Visited?

Lonely Planet's Ultimate Travel List - How many of these amazing sights have you visited - and do they deserve their place in the top 20? …

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I’m Emmalene, a 40 something with a passion for travel, theatre, food, drink and the occasional accidental hike! I’m a born-and-bred Birmingham native so expect lots of Brum content on here too…

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