Autumn Colours

It’s that time of year when the British landscape turns a gorgeous shade of red, orange and brown as Autumn (or Fall if your from America) properly kicks in. I have to admit that I do adore a warm summer’s day but the colours of autumn create some beautiful scenery around us. As the temperature drops and the winter coats and scarves come out, there is nothing better than getting outside on a brisk and bright day to kick through the fallen leaves blanketing the ground.

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There’s nothing quite like being near the sea is there?

The sound of the waves, the fresh air and the views out onto the seemingly endless horizon – it’s all wonderful. The great thing about living in the UK is that being a relatively small island, you are never really that far from the coast. Growing up in a coastal area I never really appreciated it, but now any opportunity to get out for a walk on the coast feels like a special treat.

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I’ve been visiting Alton Towers theme park every year since 1984. Yes, I am that old.

That first visit was so exciting. It was a coach trip organised by the company that my Dad worked for. The journey felt like it took an age but I guess it was something like 2.5 hours from North Wales. I had never been to a theme park, but had heard about Alton Towers from other friends who has already been the year before. I don’t remember going on many rides, but I remember one of the adults holding onto me for dear life as I slid around on the pirate ship (I was a puny kid). I also remember getting soaked on the Log Flume – the final drop felt huge as a small child. And there the obsession began.

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We all love a good road trip don’t we? It’s a great way to travel,  to see a number of different places in one trip, building your own itinerary and taking everything at your own pace.

A country as vast and varied as the USA is made for road trips, and no more so than than the State of California. California has everything. It has huge cities, amazing beaches and coastline, mountains ranges, deserts, ski resorts, wineries and so much more to offer. I don’t think I have ever visited California without renting a car and getting out onto the open road. It’s wonderful. Well, the freeways of Los Angeles completely rammed with traffic are not wonderful, but put that aside and it is wonderful.

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