If anyone has ever been to the New Forest in Hampshire, England then they will know not only of it’s transient pony herds and it’s rugged beauty, but also the gorgeous towns and villages nestled within it.
Lymington is one of those picture postcard towns, named after the river that runs through it. Once a thriving ship building community – Nelson’s flag ship was built just down the river at Bucklers Hard – it’s now a haven for those that like messing about on the water (that’s NOT me BTW).
The New Forest was always our go-to place for a holiday when the kids were little, and a trip to Lymington was always on the cards. Many a happy hour or two spent mooching round the town, looking in the antique shops and enjoying a world famous New Forest ice-cream or two!
You might have already seen my video – Dublin in a Day – where my friend and I decided to see if it were possible to see the major tourist sights of Dublin in one day. If you haven’t seen it check it out.
Perhaps it because Sarz first has Irish family connections I don’t know, but Dublin is one of two places in the entire world were I feel like I am ‘home’. The people are warm and welcoming, the food is insane and the craic is infectious! From the UK it’s really cheap to get there, so if you haven’t been GO! What are you waiting for?
Durban, South Africa
Anyone that knows me, knows that Durban is my number one go-to place. We have friends out there and visit when we can. This is the other place that feels just like home to me.
We all know that South Africa has had its fair share of global media attention for all the wrong reasons, but it’s now getting in it’s feet and has lots to offer tourists. I first went there three years after the first democratic inclusive elections that saw Nelson Mandela come to power and many times in between – we’re going back this Easter – and it is a great place to visit.
What’s on offer I hear you cry;
- Game parks
- Mountains – The Drakensberg mountains are on the UNESCO World Heritage list, as are other parts of South Africa such as Robin Island
- Sub-tropical beaches
- Excellent food and drink
Whilst I love all these places, much like Dorothy in my favourite film The Wizard of Oz…
“There’s no place like home.”
Until next time…