Author Archives: The Lady Herself

Seville … the Water Gardens of Dorne, the Kingdom of Theed (on the planet of Naboo), and the Republic of Wadiya. Why this beautiful Spanish city seems so familiar (even before I visited it)

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Málaga … a touch of Granada’s Alhambra and Seville’s Alcázar without the heaving crowds, and where less is Moor (hawh hawh!)

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It is not surprising that Granada’s Alhambra and Seville’s Alcázar attract thousands of visitors every year. These beautifully restored Moorish palace-fortresses in Spain’s Andalusían region are simply enchanting. Yet, because of their overwhelming popularity, it is almost impossible to capture … Continue reading

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Málaga … Pompidou, Picasso and expensive Crocs

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London … possibly the last midnight chimes of Big Ben for some time?

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Andorra … such a ‘sweet’ country (hawh hawh!)

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Bath … and why this Jane Austen fan is really not looking forward to the 18th of July 2017

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Unfortunately, I have a rather unique connection with the English novelist Jane Austen. I say “unfortunately” because in a few days time this connection could be far from fortuitous. I’d like to say that this connection is with regard to … Continue reading

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London … a horse, a Hirst and a real life magic money tree! It can only be ‘Sculpture in the City’ 2017

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It’s summertime and Londoners can be certain of two things in the capital during the next few months: rain, and ‘Sculpture in the City’. The free public art exhibition now in its seventh year, has firmly established itself as a fixed … Continue reading

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El Chorro, Bobastro and the new Caminito del Rey, Spain

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El Caminito del Rey, Malaga … is this still the most dangerous pathway in the world?

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I can to a degree, understand why people risked their lives, up until recently, to walk across the remains of El Caminito del Rey – a century old concrete pathway that skirts around the stunningly beautiful Los Gaitanes Gorge, sixty … Continue reading

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Bobastro … the stunning one-thousand-year-old Spanish ruins sadly eclipsed by the once most dangerous pathway in the world

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Most people arrive in the Spanish village of El Chorro just to catch the bus out of it and to the start of the once infamous pathway El Caminito del Rey. This is understandable as admittedly, there is little else … Continue reading

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Sintra … palaces and adventures in Wonderland

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I didn’t stumble upon any Cheshire cats during my stay in Sintra last Summer, but if I had I wouldn’t have been remotely surprised. Thirty kilometres west of Lisbon and a few kilometres short of the most westerly point in … Continue reading

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Sintra … Lord Byron’s pilgrimage to Portugal’s fairytale hilltop settlement

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Gibraltar … the controversial British territory that looks more like Seville than Sevenoaks

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Although I am proud to be British, I have been accused recently of not exploring and writing posts about my own country more. This is a very fair comment. I like travelling to unfamiliar places and I have to admit … Continue reading

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Ceuta … a land border between Europe and Africa (yes, really), a mountain peak with an amazing human face and a statue that is often mistaken for something very bad indeed. Curious sights from the Spanish Gibraltar

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Evidently, the British Prime Minister Theresa May had not been reading the newspapers nor consulting the news sources I have been perusing over the past twelve months. The PM and her Government appeared surprised when Gibraltar‘s British sovereignty was put … Continue reading

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The Pillars of Hercules … ‘Strait’ talking and monkeying around in the TWO Gibraltars: the well known British one and the not so well known Spanish one of Ceuta

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Bratislava … the Soviet era tour

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Bratislava … using sculptures of local charmers, peeping toms and TV presenter Dara O’Briain to give the Slovakian capital some much needed street cred

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Since the break-up of Czechoslovakia in the early 1990s, the Czech Republic has done wonders in turning its beautiful capital Prague into one of the most desirable cities to visit in Europe. In contrast, Slovakia has not been quite as … Continue reading

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Bratislava … a wobbly bridge shaped like a UFO, a church obsessed with the colour blue, and a radio station housed in a huge upside down pyramid: romantic pre-war façades and minimalist communist architecture in post-Soviet Slovakia

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Walking around Bratislava is an exciting architectural lottery: one constantly wonders whether the next corner will reveal another fairytale palace from a bygone age or a modern concrete monstrosity from a recent nightmare era. In this post-Soviet-present-EU period for Bratislava, … Continue reading

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Bratislava … and the Slovakia-Hungary-Austria ‘trojmedzie’ (tripoint): the exact geographical point that looks more like the middle of nowhere

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Landlocked tripoints – the precise geographical point where three country borders meet – are a huge draw to those (like me) who love the novelty of standing in more than one country at the same time. As a result, these … Continue reading

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Vienna … The Third Man: a documentary (with Harry the Lime)

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