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Farm and Table Restaurant Albuquerque New Mexico by Laurence Norah-7

As part of our five week adventure exploring New Mexico we spent a number of days in Albuquerque, both to attend the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and also to explore Albuquerque itself.

We had a lot of fun doing both of those things – but one thing I’ve so far failed to mention is all the excellent food we had in Albuquerque. New Mexican cuisine is an absolute delight, with a focus on the chilli plant, and we were thrilled to eat at some fantastic restaurants during our time in the city – me for my first time, and Jess returning to a city she used to live in.

16 Of the Best Places to Eat in Albuquerque

Farm and Table Restaurant Albuquerque New Mexico by Laurence Norah-7

As part of our five week adventure exploring New Mexico we spent a number of days in Albuquerque, both to attend the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and also to explore Albuquerque itself.

We had a lot of fun doing both of those things – but one thing I’ve so far failed to mention is all the excellent food we had in Albuquerque. New Mexican cuisine is an absolute delight, with a focus on the chilli plant, and we were thrilled to eat at some fantastic restaurants during our time in the city – me for my first time, and Jess returning to a city she used to live in.

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Sandia Peak Albuquerque_by_Laurence Norah

In the late summer of 2016 we decided to take a road trip around New Mexico for five weeks. Jess had lived in Albuquerque for a year, and we’d also passed through during our Route 66 adventure, but neither of us had really explored the state much, and we wanted to change that.

Obviously, we had to spend a few days exploring Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest city - not least for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. It turned out, there was a lot to do in Albuquerque, and most of it has nothing at all to do with Breaking Bad! Without further ado, here are:

20 Of My Favourite Things To Do In Albuquerque

20 Of My Favourite Things To Do In Albuquerque

Sandia Peak Albuquerque_by_Laurence Norah

In the late summer of 2016 we decided to take a road trip around New Mexico for five weeks. Jess had lived in Albuquerque for a year, and we’d also passed through during our Route 66 adventure, but neither of us had really explored the state much, and we wanted to change that.

Obviously, we had to spend a few days exploring Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest city - not least for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. It turned out, there was a lot to do in Albuquerque, and most of it has nothing at all to do with Breaking Bad! Without further ado, here are:

20 Of My Favourite Things To Do In Albuquerque

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Charing Cross from above_by_Laurence Norah

I recently wrote a post about the best ways to get around London. That’s all well and good, but it’s missing a key component – the most cost effective way to actually pay for transport in London.

You’d think this would be a fairly obvious answer, but unfortunately it’s a little bit more complicated than you might imagine. Fear not though, this post will guide you through the options and help you decide which payment option is best for using London’s public transport system!

Oyster Card vs Contactless: The Best Way to Pay for Public Transport in London

Charing Cross from above_by_Laurence Norah

I recently wrote a post about the best ways to get around London. That’s all well and good, but it’s missing a key component – the most cost effective way to actually pay for transport in London.

You’d think this would be a fairly obvious answer, but unfortunately it’s a little bit more complicated than you might imagine. Fear not though, this post will guide you through the options and help you decide which payment option is best for using London’s public transport system!

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Sunset over Edmonton by Laurence Norah-20

Somehow, in all my wanders, I’d not made it to Canada. This was a particularly nagging omission in my mind, largely because I’m a passionate landscape photographer, and, well, Canada has some pretty epic landscapes.

Thankfully, the nice folks at Explore Edmonton & Tourism Jasper thought to invite Jess and I over to have a little explore. We spent eight days in Canada in total, partly in the city of Edmonton, and then in Jasper National Park for the Dark Sky Festival. The Dark Sky Festival I’ll be covering in an upcoming post.

In this post, I’m going to share our Edmonton experiences, in the form of a series of suggestions to inform your visit. First though:

13 Things to Do in Edmonton

Sunset over Edmonton by Laurence Norah-20

Somehow, in all my wanders, I’d not made it to Canada. This was a particularly nagging omission in my mind, largely because I’m a passionate landscape photographer, and, well, Canada has some pretty epic landscapes.

Thankfully, the nice folks at Explore Edmonton & Tourism Jasper thought to invite Jess and I over to have a little explore. We spent eight days in Canada in total, partly in the city of Edmonton, and then in Jasper National Park for the Dark Sky Festival. The Dark Sky Festival I’ll be covering in an upcoming post.

In this post, I’m going to share our Edmonton experiences, in the form of a series of suggestions to inform your visit. First though:

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Deep Time Edinburgh Castle

If I asked you to name the festivals that Edinburgh is known for, I suspect you’d probably tell me all about the comedy-focused Fringe Festival. Which is a pretty great festival, with hundreds of venues popping up all over the city and serving up some of the world’s best comedy and drama, ranging from brand new acts to internationally recognised names.

What you might not know is that during August, Edinburgh plays host to no less than six festivals, many of which run in parallel to each other. This is in addition to the six other festivals that run through the course of the year, bringing the total number of festivals that the cities Festivals team manages to a rather staggering twelve.

Visiting Edinburgh for the August Festivals

Deep Time Edinburgh Castle

If I asked you to name the festivals that Edinburgh is known for, I suspect you’d probably tell me all about the comedy-focused Fringe Festival. Which is a pretty great festival, with hundreds of venues popping up all over the city and serving up some of the world’s best comedy and drama, ranging from brand new acts to internationally recognised names.

What you might not know is that during August, Edinburgh plays host to no less than six festivals, many of which run in parallel to each other. This is in addition to the six other festivals that run through the course of the year, bringing the total number of festivals that the cities Festivals team manages to a rather staggering twelve.

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Guide to Public Transport Options in London

So you’ve decided to visit London! Fantastic idea, it’s an excellent city, with enough activities to keep you busy for however long you choose to stay. For more inspiration, check out my London must-do’s, my guide to what to do for two days in London, and the best photography locations in London.

Then, if you’re looking to save money on sight-seeing, check out Jess’s fantastic review of the London Pass.

Guide to Public Transport Options in London

Guide to Public Transport Options in London

So you’ve decided to visit London! Fantastic idea, it’s an excellent city, with enough activities to keep you busy for however long you choose to stay. For more inspiration, check out my London must-do’s, my guide to what to do for two days in London, and the best photography locations in London.

Then, if you’re looking to save money on sight-seeing, check out Jess’s fantastic review of the London Pass.

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Edinburgh Castle - 12 Off the Beaten Path Things to do in Edinburgh!

Edinburgh is definitely one of my favourite cities in the UK. And there is a lot to do here, so much so that I’ve already penned a detailed post on the essential things to do in Edinburgh.

But, as with any city, there’s a lot more to do than one blog post can cover, with attractions and activities seemingly around every corner – plenty to fill many days of sight seeing.

12 Off the Beaten Path Things To Do In Edinburgh!

Edinburgh Castle - 12 Off the Beaten Path Things to do in Edinburgh!

Edinburgh is definitely one of my favourite cities in the UK. And there is a lot to do here, so much so that I’ve already penned a detailed post on the essential things to do in Edinburgh.

But, as with any city, there’s a lot more to do than one blog post can cover, with attractions and activities seemingly around every corner – plenty to fill many days of sight seeing.

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Sunset New Orleans Canal St

We had the pleasure of undertaking a fantastic roadtrip in early 2016, starting in Charleston, South Carolina, winding our way through four states, and ultimately ending up in New Orleans, with stops in Savannah, Birmingham, Baton Rouge, and many more along the route.

Visiting New Orleans During Mardi Gras

Sunset New Orleans Canal St

We had the pleasure of undertaking a fantastic roadtrip in early 2016, starting in Charleston, South Carolina, winding our way through four states, and ultimately ending up in New Orleans, with stops in Savannah, Birmingham, Baton Rouge, and many more along the route.

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Tower Bridge London Two Day Itinerary

I am a huge fan of London. I do have to admit though that it was a city that took me a while to get, and it was only after I lived there for a couple of years that I really had an appreciation for it.

There’s just so much to see and do, from some of England’s loveliest city parks through to thousand year old castles and churches. And that’s before I’ve even thought about all the culture on offer, from museums to musicals, theatre shows, live music and fine dining.

A Two Day London Itinerary: Essential Sight Seeing!

Tower Bridge London Two Day Itinerary

I am a huge fan of London. I do have to admit though that it was a city that took me a while to get, and it was only after I lived there for a couple of years that I really had an appreciation for it.

There’s just so much to see and do, from some of England’s loveliest city parks through to thousand year old castles and churches. And that’s before I’ve even thought about all the culture on offer, from museums to musicals, theatre shows, live music and fine dining.

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Things to Do in Baton Rouge - State Capitol

In early 2016 we took a wonderful road trip through some of the southern states of the USA, discovering excellent cuisine, gorgeous old plantation homes and fantastic cities. We also learnt a great deal about the history of the USA, and in particular the civil war and civil rights movement, both of which were focused in this part of the US.

Our road trip adventure covered five states and over 2,000 miles of driving, with us starting in Charleston, and finishing in New Orleans (just in time for Mardi Gras, and my birthday!). You can read all the posts from our southern USA road trip here – more are on the way as I fill in more of the blanks.

11 Things To Do In Baton Rouge

Things to Do in Baton Rouge - State Capitol

In early 2016 we took a wonderful road trip through some of the southern states of the USA, discovering excellent cuisine, gorgeous old plantation homes and fantastic cities. We also learnt a great deal about the history of the USA, and in particular the civil war and civil rights movement, both of which were focused in this part of the US.

Our road trip adventure covered five states and over 2,000 miles of driving, with us starting in Charleston, and finishing in New Orleans (just in time for Mardi Gras, and my birthday!). You can read all the posts from our southern USA road trip here – more are on the way as I fill in more of the blanks.

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Paris falling into dusk Eiffel Tower

Paris is easily one of my favourite cities in the world, and by far one of the most photogenic. Today, as part of my series where I share some of my favourite photography locations from destinations around the world, I want to give you my tips for getting the best photos in Paris. Starting with:

The Best Photography Locations in Paris

Paris falling into dusk Eiffel Tower

Paris is easily one of my favourite cities in the world, and by far one of the most photogenic. Today, as part of my series where I share some of my favourite photography locations from destinations around the world, I want to give you my tips for getting the best photos in Paris. Starting with:

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Florence Duomo sunset view

On multiple previous trips to Italy, I somehow failed to visit Florence.

It turns out this was somewhat of an oversight, because, well, Florence is unbelievably pretty. Like, in your face, over the top, can’t quite believe it’s real pretty.

The Highlights of Florence and Tuscany in Two Days

Florence Duomo sunset view

On multiple previous trips to Italy, I somehow failed to visit Florence.

It turns out this was somewhat of an oversight, because, well, Florence is unbelievably pretty. Like, in your face, over the top, can’t quite believe it’s real pretty.

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11 things to do in Savannah Georgia - Fort Pulaski

As part of our five week road trip through some of the southern US states (first stop Charleston), we headed down to Savannah, the oldest city in Georgia, to see what we could see. This, it turns out, was quite a lot!

We spent five full days in the Savannah area, visiting museums and attractions, eating excellent food, watching muskets get fired and we even met a mountain lion! As you can see, loads to do!

I’ve whittled down all our adventures into our eleven favourites, to give you some ideas for your visit.

11 Things to Do In Savannah, Georgia

11 things to do in Savannah Georgia - Fort Pulaski

As part of our five week road trip through some of the southern US states (first stop Charleston), we headed down to Savannah, the oldest city in Georgia, to see what we could see. This, it turns out, was quite a lot!

We spent five full days in the Savannah area, visiting museums and attractions, eating excellent food, watching muskets get fired and we even met a mountain lion! As you can see, loads to do!

I’ve whittled down all our adventures into our eleven favourites, to give you some ideas for your visit.

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Essential Sightseeing St Petersburg - Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood

In 2015 we had the pleasure of taking a river cruise from St. Petersburg to Moscow with Gvidon Tours. You can read all about that experience, and my thoughts on cruising in Russia, in the post I wrote on the subject.

As part of our trip, we got to spend a few days in both Moscow and St. Petersburg, both gorgesous cities. I have to say though, that St. Petersburg easily tops my list of favourite cities in Russia – it’s just so pretty!

Essential Sightseeing for your St. Petersburg Trip

Essential Sightseeing St Petersburg - Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood

In 2015 we had the pleasure of taking a river cruise from St. Petersburg to Moscow with Gvidon Tours. You can read all about that experience, and my thoughts on cruising in Russia, in the post I wrote on the subject.

As part of our trip, we got to spend a few days in both Moscow and St. Petersburg, both gorgesous cities. I have to say though, that St. Petersburg easily tops my list of favourite cities in Russia – it’s just so pretty!

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What To Do In Charleston South Carolina

To kick off 2016, we decided to escape a wintery Europe and head to the South of the US for comfort food, warm hospitality, sight-seeing, and a road trip.

Our adventure started out in Charleston, South Carolina, where we spent five days doing our best to see as many of the sights as possible, with the kind support of the Charleston tourism board.

This visit showed me that Charleston is the perfect place for a short getaway, and so I thought I’d put this post together highlighting some of the many options you have should you visit Charleston for a weekend (or more!).

Visitng Charleston was also a great opportunity to use my Panasonic Lumix UK GX8 camera, which I’ve been loving as my go-to compact, high quality travel camera, and all the photos in this post were captured with this camera.

What To Do In Charleston

What To Do In Charleston South Carolina

To kick off 2016, we decided to escape a wintery Europe and head to the South of the US for comfort food, warm hospitality, sight-seeing, and a road trip.

Our adventure started out in Charleston, South Carolina, where we spent five days doing our best to see as many of the sights as possible, with the kind support of the Charleston tourism board.

This visit showed me that Charleston is the perfect place for a short getaway, and so I thought I’d put this post together highlighting some of the many options you have should you visit Charleston for a weekend (or more!).

Visitng Charleston was also a great opportunity to use my Panasonic Lumix UK GX8 camera, which I’ve been loving as my go-to compact, high quality travel camera, and all the photos in this post were captured with this camera.

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Sunrise castell d angelo rome

Rome. The Eternal City. A place so stuffed with history that they’ve had to layer it, like a cake, sandwiched atop itself. Everywhere you look, history piles upon history, from thousands of years ago to the present day, all jostling for space in the city, and time on your itinerary. It’s one of my favourite cities in Europe, and definitely one to add to your to-do list if you’re visiting Italy!

The problem is, if you only have a couple of days to spend here, say a weekend, you might be a little perplexed as to where to start, and how to get the most out of your visit, particularly if it’s your first time.

In today’s post I’m going to suggest one way to get the most out of your time, see the essentials, learn the history, and even get to grips with pasta making while you’re there!

How to Spend Two Days In Rome: The Highlights

Sunrise castell d angelo rome

Rome. The Eternal City. A place so stuffed with history that they’ve had to layer it, like a cake, sandwiched atop itself. Everywhere you look, history piles upon history, from thousands of years ago to the present day, all jostling for space in the city, and time on your itinerary. It’s one of my favourite cities in Europe, and definitely one to add to your to-do list if you’re visiting Italy!

The problem is, if you only have a couple of days to spend here, say a weekend, you might be a little perplexed as to where to start, and how to get the most out of your visit, particularly if it’s your first time.

In today’s post I’m going to suggest one way to get the most out of your time, see the essentials, learn the history, and even get to grips with pasta making while you’re there!

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Best Photography spots London - White tower

As part of my on-going quest to find awesome photography locations around the world to share with you, I recently headed to London, a city I know and love, to see what I could dig up for you.

The bar has already been set high, with my guides to photographing Yosemite, capturing the Grand Canyon at sunrise and sunset and my 12 favourite San Francisco photography spots proving popular, and being British I obviously wanted to do London justice.

I decided to focus on some of the more popular sights for this guide that would happily fit into a weekend trip to London – it would partner up nicely with my five must-do’s in London. Obviously there’s endless opportunity and countless locations to shoot from in London, and I’ve included some additional resources at the end of the post to give you even more ideas.

One up front tip though - if you want to save money on getting in to the attractions on this list, grab yourself a London Pass, which both saves you money and time on all the best attractions in London (read our full review of it here). Now, let’s get on with:

The Best Photography Spots in London

The Best Photography Spots in London

Best Photography spots London - White tower

As part of my on-going quest to find awesome photography locations around the world to share with you, I recently headed to London, a city I know and love, to see what I could dig up for you.

The bar has already been set high, with my guides to photographing Yosemite, capturing the Grand Canyon at sunrise and sunset and my 12 favourite San Francisco photography spots proving popular, and being British I obviously wanted to do London justice.

I decided to focus on some of the more popular sights for this guide that would happily fit into a weekend trip to London – it would partner up nicely with my five must-do’s in London. Obviously there’s endless opportunity and countless locations to shoot from in London, and I’ve included some additional resources at the end of the post to give you even more ideas.

One up front tip though - if you want to save money on getting in to the attractions on this list, grab yourself a London Pass, which both saves you money and time on all the best attractions in London (read our full review of it here). Now, let’s get on with:

The Best Photography Spots in London

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Statue of Liberty and Manhattan Skyline walking tour new york  

I love to wander a city. Preferably, I’ll have my camera in hand, and there will be frequent stops to observe and capture moments, with the sights and sounds all washing over me.

Whilst my blind wandering is very personally fulfilling, much of the “washing over” ends up being just that – I get a lot of photos, but tend not to learn very much. Add to this the fact that planning and research aren’t things I enjoy doing a lot (I like to be surprised is my way of explaining this), my wanderings can be a bit, well, aimless.

Walking Tours of New York: Disney, Liberty, Food and More!

Statue of Liberty and Manhattan Skyline walking tour new york  

I love to wander a city. Preferably, I’ll have my camera in hand, and there will be frequent stops to observe and capture moments, with the sights and sounds all washing over me.

Whilst my blind wandering is very personally fulfilling, much of the “washing over” ends up being just that – I get a lot of photos, but tend not to learn very much. Add to this the fact that planning and research aren’t things I enjoy doing a lot (I like to be surprised is my way of explaining this), my wanderings can be a bit, well, aimless.

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Things to do in Edinburgh: Calton hill sunset

Edinburgh is one of my favourite cities in the UK, and was an obvious addition to my perfect two week itinerary of the UK. Until now though, I’ve not put together a detailed overview of my favourite pastimes in Edinburgh.

Today I’m going to address that, sharing tips and ideas for what to get up to during your time in this absolutely gorgeous city. I’ll also be sharing some of my favourite photos of the city, captured across various visits at different times of year.

11 Things To Do in Edinburgh

Things to do in Edinburgh: Calton hill sunset

Edinburgh is one of my favourite cities in the UK, and was an obvious addition to my perfect two week itinerary of the UK. Until now though, I’ve not put together a detailed overview of my favourite pastimes in Edinburgh.

Today I’m going to address that, sharing tips and ideas for what to get up to during your time in this absolutely gorgeous city. I’ll also be sharing some of my favourite photos of the city, captured across various visits at different times of year.

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A day trip to Oxford Radcliffe camera from above

I spent a good deal of my childhood in Oxford, and it has long been one of my favourite cities in the UK. On a recent trip to England, I couldn’t wait to show Jess around, and have her experience some of the sights of the city, from punting on the river to exploring the spectacularly pretty University college buildings.

We spent a couple of days in Oxford, which is more than enough time to explore thoroughly as it’s a very compact and easily walkable city. In fact, even if you’re staying in London, you could easily do a day trip here as it’s only an hour by rail from central London, and still take in a good many highlights. To help you plan, here are some ideas for what you could do on a day in Oxford, based on both our recent visit and my previous experience living there.

6 Things to Do on a Day Trip To Oxford

A day trip to Oxford Radcliffe camera from above

I spent a good deal of my childhood in Oxford, and it has long been one of my favourite cities in the UK. On a recent trip to England, I couldn’t wait to show Jess around, and have her experience some of the sights of the city, from punting on the river to exploring the spectacularly pretty University college buildings.

We spent a couple of days in Oxford, which is more than enough time to explore thoroughly as it’s a very compact and easily walkable city. In fact, even if you’re staying in London, you could easily do a day trip here as it’s only an hour by rail from central London, and still take in a good many highlights. To help you plan, here are some ideas for what you could do on a day in Oxford, based on both our recent visit and my previous experience living there.

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