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    Overnight in Oxford: A Whirlwind Trip as sweet as Honey

    The honey-stone walls of Oxford city centre conjure all kinds of wishes and whimsy – and each time that I’ve stayed overnight in Oxford, it’s like slipping into an architectural Narnia. Disclaimer: On this visit I was an invited guest of Mercure Hotels and Experience Oxfordshire, but all thoughts and laboured literary metaphors are very much my own.

    What to do in Oxford England Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Oxford is one of those cities that seems unaffected by the passing of time. 

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    Mons, Belgium – an accidental day trip from France

    We drove from London to Belgium, crossing Essex, the southeast of England, a fair amount of France and then accidentally slipped over the border to Mons, Belgium. 

    Mons Belgium Day Trip Adventures of a London Kiwi

    As a reprobate island dweller (all the way from New Zealand to Grande Britannia) I still delight at how easy it is to slip between countries in Europe, so we took full advantage of this when spending a few days in France.

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    Lunch at Cliveden House

    A black and white tail eagerly skidded past me – intent on the pink squishy ball flying over the snow and nothing else in the entire world – 3 nanoseconds later he flashed past again in a delighted blur of Collie fur. We were playing in the snow-dusted lawns before our booking for lunch at Cliveden House, earning ourselves a tasty repast.

    Lunch at Cliveden House Adventures of a London Kiwi

    The skies were blue after a thick snow flurry the day before, and we wandered through the grounds with rosy cheeks and a fair amount of giggling.

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    Should you go to Lisbon or Porto for a Portuguese city break? [Travel Linkup]

    It’s fair to say that I fell in love with Portugal on both of my city breaks. This fun loving country seems to be quite the winter sun destination for 2019, and I’ve had quite a few people contact me recently asking whether they should visit Lisbon or Porto for their Portuguese city break.

    What to do on a long weekend to Porto Portugal Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Both Lisbon and Porto are unique cities, each with an individual character – and sadly it’s not always practical to visit both in the same short trip.

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    A Long Weekend in Budapest (v.2.0)

    A couple of years ago our long weekend in Budapest was such a delight that my friend and I decided unanimously for a return visit.

    The Best Places Long Weekend in Budapest Adventures of a London Kiwi

    We met over a sunny weekday lunch to find a date, book the flights and decide where we were staying for the 5 days – the details simply fell into place with the tip-tip-tap of a few laptop keys. 

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