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My Finland favourites

Finland is a country that’s still a mystery to many people, but it’s being tipped as a travel hot spot next year as it celebrates 100 years of independence.  I’ve just returned from 10 days in this fabulous Scandinavian country and I think the tipsters are right. Lonely Planet recently…

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20 travel ideas for 2020

A new year means new travel plans. I’m busy making mine, and hope you are too!  After reviewing my past year, and the past decade, I found there were some favourite experiences that really stood out for me. Those sometimes unexpected places, people or “pinch me” moments that will stay with…

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What a difference a decade makes

As we begin the 2020s, I’ve seen discussion about whether this is the start of the decade, or the end. Does the decade start, for example, in 2020 or 2021? There’s a case for it being 2021, based on the fact there was no 0 year!  But my dictionary defines…

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A travel wish list for 2017

Travel trends and resolutions are all the go right now, as we start the new year. Where to go? What to do? Where to eat? So many places, so little time… I’m not much in favour of resolutions, but I do have a wish list of places that I’ve got…

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My year of islands

Born and bred in an island nation, perhaps it’s no surprise that I’ve got a penchant for islands. And looking back on my travels this year, I can see that – by luck rather than design – islands have predominated. Some, I’d been to before, others were new and exciting…

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Porvoo: a medieval town

Finland has six medieval towns, and when I visited recently I was lucky enough to visit two of them, both within easy reach of Helsinki. Founded nearly 800 years ago, Porvoo is the second oldest city in Finland (after Turku, the other medieval town I went to) and much of…

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Helsinki’s quiet places

Even for those who aren’t church-goers, the great churches and cathedrals of the world hold a certain allure. They are quiet and beautiful spaces, respite from the tourist hordes. In Finland’s capital, Helsinki, I found two of the most unusual chapels I’ve ever been inside. Both are in the city…

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Home…where the heart is

I’ve just moved house. Something to be done as infrequently as possible, if you want my post-move opinion.  It’s less than two years since I last did it – and this time I’m planning to stay put for a very long time. This is the 19th place I’ve called “home”…

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About Lee

I’m an “accidental” travel writer, a career journalist who stumbled into the travel writing world about 20 years ago and grabbed it with both hands. And I’m definitely a “glass half full” kind of person. My blog is about my love of travel and I hope the name I’ve chosen for it reflects…

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