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Reasons to Love North East England

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The North East of England holds a very special place in my heart. Although I'm a southerner born and bred, having been raised in the rural Suffolk countryside, I absolutely love Newcastle, York, Durham and the surrounding areas. I've spent many a summer holiday up in the north enjoying all the delights that it has to offer and this year has been no exception. This time I was technically there for work, as I was on the organising committee of a PhD study day held at the Laing Gallery in Newcastle, but I also found the time to squeeze in a day trip to one of my favourite cities: Durham. We were very lucky with the weather and enjoyed a beautiful sunny day in the city, so to give me a chance to share all the lovely photos, I've written an ode to the North East, sharing all of the reasons why I love this beautiful part of the world.

Sorrento Sightseeing: My Must-See Spots

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"Abbey, have you been to Sorrento recently? You should've mentioned it more on your blog, I had absolutely no idea." *teehee* Sorry for the holiday spam lately, folks, but I managed to take so many lovely photos in Sorrento that I just couldn't help but share them all! If you're sick of having your wanderlust kicked up a gear by all of my photos from the Bay of Naples, don't worry! My Italy post series is very nearly complete. So far, I've written about my holiday wardrobe and some very silly things that I learned during my trip, but today's post is all about must-see spots in Sorrento itself. For those of you who aren't aware, Sorrento is a coastal town located in south west Italy, perched atop some pretty stunning cliffs which plunge down into the Tyrrhenian Sea. There is so much to see and do in the city and today's post aims at giving you a flavour of it all. Buckle up, it's going to be a fun one!

8 Things You Learn on Holiday in Sorrento

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Ah, Italy! Land of culture, home of carbs. From the history of the Colosseum in Rome and the photo opportunities provided by the Leaning Tower of Pisa, there's something for any holidaymaker. Even if your main vacation activity is eating (and there's NOTHING wrong with that!), there's plenty on offer. Pizza, pasta, gnocchi, gelato - it all tastes divine. As anyone who follows me on Twitter or Instagram knows all too well, I've just returned from a wonderful week in sunny Sorrento, located in Italy's Bay of Naples. I had an absolutely fantastic time and fell in love with the charming, rustic city. As always with travel, I learned so much on my holiday: some practical things and some that are just silly! I've treated you to the silly ones in today's post, so get ready to giggle! Here are eight things I learned from my holiday in Sorrento.

Travelling Like a Local in Oxford with Pick Me Up*

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Tourist traps are so easy to fall into whilst travelling. Before you know it, you've been sucked into queuing for attractions which are jam-packed with fellow tourists and you may end up paying an extortionate price for the most basic of services. Travelling like a local is definitely the way forward, using the expertise of those who live in the area to sniff out the best deals and real hidden gems. Actually achieving this can be tricky, however, so to help the thousands of tourists who descend on the beautiful city of Oxford every year, I've decided to put together a local's guide to a few attractions that you might not have necessarily considered, as well as an exciting new way of navigating the city. Get ready to expand your horizons! Here are Oxford's best kept secrets.

Summer Holiday Style: What I Wore in Sorrento

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Selecting your summer holiday wardrobe has to be one of the best bits of getting ready for a vacation. I had a lot of fun packing my suitcase for my recent trip to Sorrento, knowing that sunshine and hot temperatures were awaiting me. As I've mentioned before on my blog, I always look forward to being able to chuck on a dress and leave the house without putting much thought into an outfit, so warm-weather fashions will always be my favourite. However, despite the fun associated with packing, when trying to choose exactly which clothes from your expansive summer wardrobe to take on holiday, it can be pretty tough to narrow it down. This year, I adopted an old proverb to help me out: "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue." I know, I KNOW, this is usually associated with bridal attire and marriage is a long way off for me yet, but the little rhyme actually worked quite well for my holiday outfits too. Wanna see? Of course you do.