Author Archive for Anna Parker

Accountant for work. Love travelling with my husband, enjoying the outdoors, taking photos and writing about our trips. @aeparker81

Afternoon tea - 13 choices

Afternoon tea – 13 choices

Afternoon tea is thankfully a Great British institution and it is very unlikely to ever go out of fashion. It also blends 2 very good quotes and so as a result it must be something that needs to be taken often? 1. Henry James: there are very few hours in life more agreeable than the […]

3 walks in SW Cornwall and 3 good lunches

3 walks in SW Cornwall and 3 good lunches

I’ve written about my love of Cornwall before, much of it related to my own mining heritage and exploring the county with my husband rather than just for short family visits to see my grandparents.  This October we stayed at Umber, BoHo Cornwall – a 1 bed self catering apartment on the outskirts of St […]

Cycling in Hampshire - watering and feeding stops

Cycling in Hampshire – watering and feeding stops

We’re lucky in that we live in spitting distance of the New Forest – which is superb for either road or off road cycling.  It is easy to get to as well – either on the train, the Hythe ferry, or by hitching the bikes up to the tow-bar and driving to one of a […]

Pigs or lions in the New Forest? Lions, definitely!

Pigs or lions in the New Forest? Lions, definitely!

I had a useful reminder this week of what matters in luxury – is it better to spend $$$ and go somewhere everyone has heard of, or go off the beaten track and pick somewhere in The Good Pub Guide?!  Definitely the latter on this occasion, although I certainly am not knocking the 5 star […]

Discover North Norfolk - 13 ideas

Discover North Norfolk – 13 ideas

Norfolk – my favourite place in the world; I love going abroad for guaranteed sun, warm sea, to enjoy fancy flights and lounges and for amazing hotel service and experience…  BUT Norfolk is my favourite place for time off and time away from just about everything.  As a teenager I was lucky to spend a […]

Where to next? 8 considerations that help me make my mind up

Where to next? 8 considerations that help me make my mind up

I’m in a very strange and unfamiliar position right now – I don’t have our next holiday booked, or even planned; thankfully, the UK heatwave continues or I’d be getting a bit concerned, as this is not like me. Normally I am at least 2 trips ahead and it’s not as if I can even […]

UK and Ireland short breaks - 6 very different ideas

UK and Ireland short breaks – 6 very different ideas

Much as my writing seems to indicate a fondness for overseas travel, it wasn’t until I was 22 and sailing as part of a crew on a large racing yacht that my desire to leave the UK regularly began – even if it was on an easyJet plane with my 22 crew-mates suggesting that every […]

12 things not to miss in Washington DC

12 things not to miss in Washington DC

Washington DC is a city that many visit with work and as such is probably much overlooked in terms of a holiday destination.  I was lucky enough to be on a work trip that included the weekend and so spent a day with a member of my extended family touring the sights.  We did this […]

3 days in Paris and 15 things to do

3 days in Paris and 15 things to do

I love Paris!  It is about an hour’s flight from either Southampton or Heathrow and the change in climate is staggering – much more continental.  I think Paris is best done in short bursts; there is so much to see but I strongly believe it is best to see it in foot, and there is […]

16 happy memories of visits to South Africa

16 happy memories of visits to South Africa

One of my favourite overseas destinations is South Africa, it holds a very special place – as the first big holiday my now husband and I went on nearly 10 years ago, but also as the location we chose for our honeymoon a few years ago.  Luckily for my husband through his work with the […]

The South of France on more of a shoestring than the Ecclestones!

The South of France on more of a shoestring than the Ecclestones!

Finally made it there last August! We took advantage of the BA short haul £35 BA Club Europe offer and kicked off with another nice afternoon in the galleries lounge.  Better still our outbound was on one of the lovely BA Dove planes and the return leg was on the Firefly that carried the Olympic […]

Re-discovering my Cornish roots and 8 top tips for a Cornwall trip of your own

Re-discovering my Cornish roots and 8 top tips for a Cornwall trip of your own

Being half Cornish it would be fair to say I spent a fair amount of my childhood holidays in Cornwall, but only in the past few days have I really discovered it.  My parents have said it was clearly a waste of time to take a young child to all the beautiful places that I’ve visited […]

Packing essentials for every eventuality (so far!)

Packing essentials for every eventuality (so far!)

We’ve learnt a lot about what not to forget to pack over the years by forgetting it!  I  never seem to have space for half of what I travel with (and never use/wear half of it anyway) and so it always amazes me that I can forget anything…  my husband has set up in Evernote […]

3 stops on a road trip from Boston to NYC

3 stops on a road trip from Boston to NYC

Early October is a great time for a trip to Boston, Cape Cod, Rhode Island and New York.  The weather is likely to be all over the place – so it isn’t a busy time of year for tourists.  We had half our trip high 20s and above, a hurricane, some cooler days and then more […]

14 vineyards worth visiting

14 vineyards worth visiting

A few years ago South African friends of ours introduced us to some rather lovely South African wines, thankfully just before we re-visited the country for our honeymoon.  It has rather started a habit of seeking out a vineyard to visit whenever we’re on holiday.  We’ve been nicely surprised with some UK ones too!  We […]

11 unforgettable dining experiences

11 unforgettable dining experiences

Something we always do on holiday is find a special place to dine and we’ve been jotting them down in Evernote for a long while now! Staying in a self-catering or a more basic boutique hotel away from the hum drum is quite a good way to save some pennies but still enjoy the finer […]

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