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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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USA Sept 2010 – Leaving our hearts in San Francisco…and finding them in Monterey

We’re only almost ready to leave San Francisco behind; there are still two things that we have to do.  We pack everything into the Fletchemobile – raring to go after a 2 day rest – and check out of the Hotel Del Sol at 8:30am. First thing: Driving down Lombard Street – the crooked bit. At 8:45am on a Monday morning, there are no queues, and…

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USA Sept 2010 – Golden Gate Park, Alcatraz and Meeting Bush Man…

A good night’s sleep does little to soothe our aching feet, but with so much of the city still to see, we are up and out at 9am after a quick coffee, juice and pastries for breakfast. It is another hot day; we leave some of our layers behind after being fooled yesterday. We never ended up getting a Muni Pass, so we check that…

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USA Sept 2010 – Walking, big hills, more walking…. Discovering San Francisco

It’s Saturday morning, it’s 8:30am, it’s time to discover San Francisco! Of all the places visited on this road trip, it was deciding on an “itinerary” for our two full days in San Francisco which gave me the biggest headache. The city has so many iconic “must-sees” that it became something of a nightmare putting them into a workable itinerary! I decided to cut the…

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Driving Yosemite to San Francisco: A USA Road Trip

It's time to leave the National Park behind and head from Yosemite to San Francisco. No more mountains, trees and meadows - it's all freeway and skyscrapers…

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Amateur Hiking in Yosemite National Park: A USA Road Trip

Yosemite National Park is breathtakingly beautiful. But you don't have to put yourself through a long, challenging hike to enjoy the scenery!…

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Picnicking in the Chilterns

Want to find a new picnic spot for balmy sunny afternoons, with a bonus National Trust property or two close by? How about visiting The Chilterns?…

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A USA Road Trip – From Lone Pine to Yosemite National Park

A 7am alarm call and the sleepy Fletches drag themselves over to the Alabama Hills Bakery & Café for breakfast. Seems like our sleep patterns are finally adjusting to US time… The breakfast options are very “egg-heavy” as usual, so I’m excited to spy a “No-Egg” Breakfast on the menu.  Unfortunately, I can add now Biscuits & Gravy to the list of US breakfast options I…

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USA Sept 2010 – Losing a friend in Death Valley…

It’s time to leave the bright lights of Vegas behind us and head off to California. But not before we pick up supplies from Walgreens (at Palazzo) including a fantastic cooler for $15. We became very attached to our cooler and did everything we could to fit this in our suitcase at the end of the trip… 8:30am, and we’re on the road. The Fletchemobile…

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About me

I’m Emmalene, a thirty-something from Birmingham in the UK.  I always knew I wanted to travel the world when I grew up, even when holidays meant a caravan in wet and windy Wales.  I was lucky enough in 2007 to meet my soulmate, travel companion and now husband Chris (aka Mr Fletche), and our shared passion for seeing the world has led us to some amazing sights. …

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So what IS a Brummie?

Welcome to my World!

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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