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Czech Republic – The Spa Towns

It's not very often that a town can be described as "happy", but I think I found one recently in the Czech Republic. It was while walking around the park in the spa town of Marianske Lazne watching the centrepiece musical, singing fountain that I suddenly thought to myself that this was a happy place. I can't...

USA: New Orleans

The first thing I noticed in New Orleans was music.  It was everywhere, whether it was the lone saxophonist playing his melancholy lament on the Riverwalk, the 5 piece belting out a lively jazz number at Jackson Square or the blues band in “La Maison” bar on Frenchmen Street. Music seems to provide the pulsating beat for...

USA: Rhode Island

As the smallest of the US states, you might think that Rhode Island is a “blink and you’ll miss it” kind of place. However, if you keep your eyes open, you will find that it is home to stunning colonial mansions, historic buildings, a vast array of culinary delights, pristine beaches and a homely charm missing...

USA: Santa Barbara

I guessed I was heading somewhere slightly different when I was joined in the train queue at LA’s Union Station by people bringing bicycles, skateboards and full size surfboards. The Amtrak Pacific Surfliner lived up to its name after about 30 minutes of traversing the vast suburbs of the city when I finally caught...

USA: Amtrak Rail

My trip with Amtrak across the USA incorporated 3 of the most iconic railway journeys that the country has to offer, and allowed me to the chance to see more of the place than most Americans have! To someone whose usual experience of a train is the NIR stopper from Bangor to Belfast, the first sight...

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