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A view of Lourmarin in autumn
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Provence’s spell binding village of Lourmarin in autumn

Lourmarin in autumn; the intensity of the sun has faded but it still has some warmth. The crowds have receded but the region’s vibrancy has not diminished. The vendage is almost complete and the air is perfumed with the heady scent of …

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‘My crime? I’m a Jew’~ The story of Abraham Reiss, Amsterdam, 1943

During World War II thousands of ordinary, hard working people were snatched from their homes in Amsterdam to be deported to the Nazi concentration camps. Of the 107,000 dutch Jews deported as part of the Holocaust in Amsterdam, barely 2000 survived. This is …

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Nazis in Amsterdam, Netherlands during World War II
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The Holocaust of Amsterdam

Wandering the bustling streets of Amsterdam, jostled by a never-ending ribbon of bicycles, I gaze up in wonder at the distinctive architecture, soaking up the story of this great city; its museums and historic sights. I visit one which stirs …

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The Anne Frank Huis Amsterdam
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A life in hiding; The Anne Frank Huis Amsterdam

Imagine living in a world shrouded in darkness, black out. Not being able to smell the fresh air or feel the sun, the rain or the wind. To always have to be quiet, “no running water, no flushing toilets, no walking around …

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The Maltby Street Market, Bermondsey, London, England
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London’s Maltby Street Market, a foodie’s heaven

If you like fresh, delicious, home cooked food and you are in London on a Saturday or Sunday, don’t miss the Maltby Street Market. About a 10 minute walk from Tower Bridge, along the Ropewalk, next to Lassco, (fabulous architectural salvage …

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Tower Bridge, London, England
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London; perspectives of this magnificent capital city

London is brimming with stunning, iconic landmarks, immediately recognisable around the world; Buckingham Palace, The Tower of London, Tower Bridge, The London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral, The Shard, Harrods….. it is an endless list of history, tradition and wonder. I maybe biased but every visit …

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Finlaggan, Islay’s historical settlement

Across the sweeping, misty landscape, below a heather covered slope, flanked on one side by wind swept pine trees, next to the gently lapping shores of Loch Finlaggan, remain the ruins of the mystical island settlement of Finlaggan. Situated in the …

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The Laphroaig Distillery, Islay Scotland
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Creating a legend; single malt whisky from Laphroaig

Laphroiag single malt whisky has been described in many ways by those who enjoy its sensuous, peaty flavour. ‘A dank tench of seaweed peat and salt, with a light haze of freshly mown hay, unmistakable’ ‘Imagine liquefying the best campfire of …

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The Laphroaig Distillery, Islay, Scotland
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‘The Water to Whisky Experience’~Laphroaig whisky tour, Islay

“Imagine liquifying the best campfire of the summer and bottling it as pure happiness.” “A dram in your hand, sand between your toes, the world at your feet, embrace the passion, love life”  This and much more has been said about …

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