Brunel’s SS Great Britain…The Ship That Changed The World @ssGreatBritain @VisitBristol

 

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Before the Titanic there was the SS Great Britain. SS Great Britain is a former passenger steamship turned award winning visitor attraction located in Bristol’s beautiful harbour.

Over years she was carefully designed specifically for the Great Western Steamship Company’s service from Bristol to New York. Upon launching in 1843, the SS Great Britian was the largest vessel afloat. Adding to her accomplishments she became the first steamer to cross the Atlantic in 1845, a 14 day journey.

During her time in service she was employed to undertake an Australian route which was responsible for carrying hundreds of emigrants from Australia to England.  She suffered many mishaps but during her final run as a coal transporter an onboard fire damaged her beyond repair.

Beautifully restored and boasting over 150,000 visitors per year, the SS Great Britian is a Bristol must see.

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Address: Great Western Dockyard,  Gas Ferry Rd, Bristol BS1 6TY

Elephant’s Walk Shopping and Artist Village, Victoria Falls Zimbabwe

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Visiting Victoria Falls is an experience and stumbling across the nearby Elephant’s Walk Shopping and Artist Village was an extra added treat. It’s a central place where you can buy the most stunning art directly from the artists. This family run operation is also home to The Ruoko Project, a community based initiative spearheaded by management and the Ndau Collection. The Ruoko Project identifies local talent, giving them space to work, create and bring forth their masterpieces to the marketplace. There are plenty of shops selling everything from one of a kind paintings to larger than life sculptures.

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You will also find the most charming cafe with extra comfy, colourful seating within the plaza, a great place to relax in between shopping!

For more information on Elephants Walk Shopping and Artist Village click here.

 

Jolly Roger Inn & Pier, Topsail Beach USA

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Though I spent most of my adult life moving around I always find my way back home and when I do, a fishing trip is always in order. Maybe it’s because deep down I’m a daddy’s girl but I somehow, always manage to talk my dad into taking me on a trip to the beach to do a little salt water fishing. My home town has loads of freshwater fishing holes but walking in the sand, smelling the salt from the Atlantic Ocean and hanging out on Jolly Roger’s Pier holds a bit of nostalgia for those daddy/daughter trips.

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There are loads of piers in the area but there is something about the atmosphere at Jolly Roger. On the pier you will find the friendliest fellow fishermen and women doing the usual teasing and laughing. It’s a real family environment. The Inn is perfect for the fish all night, lounge all day (or vice versa) types. We typically fish at night because my dad isn’t into extended sun exposure so while he is chilling out during the day we take to the beach. The rooms are super clean and the suites are equipped with all the amenities (refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave  and a flat tv that we never turn on).

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When it comes to Ocean Front, Jolly Roger Inn and Pier fits my style. No fuss, clean, simple and within walking distance of local restaurants and plenty of activities.

Will I go back? Yes, every time I visit North Carolina!

For Reservations & Information:

Jolly Roger Inn & Pier

Local: 910-328-4616

Toll-free: 800-633-3196

803 Ocean Blvd. PO Box 3008

Topsail Beach, NC 28445

www.thejollyroger.com

Cruising the Zambezi: Pamusha Safari’s Sunset River Cruise

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If you take a trip to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe cruising down the Zambezi is a must. It’s not only relaxing but it is an enjoyable, fun experience as well. Pamusha Safari’s operates several river cruises that offer the most stunning views.

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You can opt for a breakfast or dinner cruise or if you want to witness the beautiful sunset over the Zambezi, then the Sunset Cruise is for you. Complimentary drinks and refreshments are offered during the Sunset Cruise which is an added bonus.

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You can see a wide range of wildlife in their natural habitats to include crocodiles, hippos, water lizards and if you are lucky enough, even elephant and buffalo may be wading around. The operating staff where well knowledgeable of the many species of animal/birds that are indigenous to the area so you are sure to not miss out on the sites.

For more information on Pamusha Lodge and Tours click here.

 

Pamusha Lodge, Victoria Falls

583 Manyika Road, Victoria Falls

  • Tel: +263-41 828
  • Cell: +263 779 369 160
  •           +263 800 588
  • Email: reservations@pamusha.com
  •             : pamushal@mweb.co.zw

 

 

 

Royal Parks Series: The Regent’s Park

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Fully taking advantage of this sporadic, spring-like weather we set out to Regent’s Park for the day.

Regent’s Park is one of London’s eight Royal Parks. Located in North West London, the park boasts 395 acres of beautifully manicured foliage and has over 100 species of wild bird and water fowl.

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There is plenty to do at this park. Aside from enjoying the outrageously captivating scenery; there is paddle boating for kids and adults, a bird walk, a great place for a brisk run and even sports facilities that offer classes such as Pilates, Yoga and a Learning Disabilities Get Active class.

NuNu had such a wonderful time watching the ducks but when it came time to feed them crumbs of bread she couldn’t understand why she had to give up perfectly good food to some tiny flying creatures. She spent more time nibbling than feeding but was impressed to say the least. There is a children’s play area with slides, swings and full adventure playground that she couldn’t get enough of. She was too small for most of it but that didn’t stop her from trying!

There are several cafes and seasonal refreshment points to grab a bite to eat or a quick drink.  Regent’s Park is a fantastic place for the entire family and certainly offers a nice break from the concrete jungle.

Regent’s Park is also home to The London Zoo, Primrose Hill and The Open Air Theatre. The park is also close to nearby shops and attractions such as the Sherlock Holmes Museum and  the world famous Madame Tussauds.

For more information on Regent’s Park click here.

My favourite British spots are any of the beautiful parks, especially on a sunny day such as this, after a long stretch of cold, cloudy and rainy days.” ~Richard Schiff, actor

Moira Jane’s Blue Bird Cafe, Masvingo Zimbabwe

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Good food, a welcoming atmosphere AND a multiuse cafe that also houses a second hand shop will always get my vote.

Moira Jane’s Blue Bird Cafe is a fabulous spot right in the center of the town of Masvingo. Cafe owner, Moira is a fellow North American (via Canada), that has lived in the area for numerous years and has created this community staple. The food was yummy (hence no photos) and the hospitatlity was superb. The menu had plenty of delicious options and vegetarian dishes can be prepared. We placed our orders the day before we visited the cafe and when we arrived our food was hot and ready. The prices where great leaving you with enough cash to spend in the second hand shop. I highly recommend Moira Jane’s, the lotus in the lowveld.