30 October, 2015

Flashback Friday: A stunning mansion in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is an island packed with history - it has no less than eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and has everything from stunning rainforests, to beautiful beaches.

More and more people are now travelling to the country to discover what delights it has to offer, and I've found a stunning base in Galle on the South West coast from where you can explore.
Click here to read my original post on a Mansion in Sri Lanka.

23 October, 2015

A Cheshire delight at Hare Hill

You know those lazy Sundays when the sun is shining and you're looking for somewhere to visit? I recently came across a great place to enjoy your surroundings on a sunny day in the heart of Cheshire. The sign below is what greets you on arrival at this place - what a great invitation!

Hare Hill is a very tranquil place thst can be found between Alderley Edge and Macclesfield. It's a ten acre garden surrounded by parkland, and the perfect place to have a leisurely stroll.

There is a stunning walled garden which is full of vibrant colours, even at this time of year. There are plently of benches where you can grab a seat and enjoy the sunshine. 

I didn't spot any hares when I visited, but I did see a few carved from wood like the one in the photo above - great for the little ones to find as you wander around the gardens.

The countryside around Hare Hill is stunning and on a clear day, you can enjoy great views over the Cheshire Plain. I'd highly recommend a visit to Hare Hill - it's open until the end of October, so make it quick!

16 October, 2015

Travel Photo Friday: Monkeying around!

I visited the baboon enclosure on a recent trip to Knowsley Safari Park, and have never laughed so much in my life! I now know where the phrase 'you cheeky monkey' comes from - they are so naughty! They stole the window wipers from some cars, and left food on the roofs of others! 

A lunchtime break made for a perfect photo Friday - especially the smallest of the baboons just posing to get his photo taken before running off to be naughty again! A great day out. 

09 October, 2015

Flashback Friday - Down under in Manchester

Australasia - the islands of Australia; New Zealand; New Guinea and its neighbouring islands in the Pacific Ocean. So many different cultures and foods all wrapped up into one continent. 
With a population of around 39 million, it has everything from Australia's Sydney Harbour Bridge, to the coral reefs of Fiji. 

One of the early blog posts on Travel Lightbulb was a review of a restaurant which combines all the food cultures of Australasia. So why not Flashback this Friday, and take a look back at

02 October, 2015

The Wild Rabbit - there is plenty of room at the inn!

The Wild Rabbit is a beautifully renovated 18th century pub set in the heart of the English Cotswolds. Think open fires; stripped back walls, and hand crafted furniture and you probably have a pretty good picture in your mind of what this stunning place looks like.

 The Wild Rabbit has a constantly changing menu, serving locally sourced, seasonal food. Now lots of places try to do this these days, but here they also include organic ingredients from their own garden! The bar not only serves different artisan beers, but also offers wine from small independent vineyards.

This is not just a place to eat and drink - there are twelve beautiful bedrooms as well. Four of these have access to the garden and if you have a dog, they also have beds available for your pampered pooch! 

The pub was named Pub of the Year in the 2015 edition of the 'Michelin Eating Out in Pubs' guide, which describes it as "a chocolate box delight" with "knock-out bedrooms and, of course, first-rate food."

The Wild Rabbit can be found in the village of Kingham, and there's plenty to do nearby. After all, the Cotswolds is one of England's favourite destinations, with lots of villages to explore and this could be the perfect base for you for a couple of relaxing days in a great setting with luscious food!