Sunday 5 May 2024

Marvellous Marrakech


Marrakech’s unique blend of sensory delights, are just a hop away from the UK. From the vibrant Jamaa el-Fnaa square to the enchanting souks filled with fragrant spices and intricate tile-work, the city offers a captivating immersion into North African life. It’s rich history, once encompassing the entire country as the "Kingdom of Marrakech," continues to echo through its streets. Known by various monikers like the "Red City" and the "Daughter of the Desert," Marrakech's architectural splendour and cultural significance make it a must-visit destination, where every corner resonates with the beating heart of Africa.

the marjktplace is a kaleidoscope of colour, fragrance and tastes


In this blog, Calum, The AvidTraveller} shares vivid insights on Marvellous Marrakech. Discover Marrakech, from its bustling souks to ancient history, explore the heart of North Africa's culture and unique lifestyle.

Friday 19 April 2024

Barbados Family Holidays With Toddler Maxie • Travel Watch News

 "Maxie's Passport Premiere: Barbados Bound!"
Tweet: Maxie (4 months) is gearing up for her passport premiere in Barbados! 🎉 Thrilled to introduce her to the island's warmth and hospitality, courtesy of Lady St John & Charmaine. Get ready for some Caribbean cuteness overload! 



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Thursday 5 October 2023

Spain Hidden Gem NerJa - The Avidtraveller



Centuries ago, Nerja was a quaint fishing village known to just a few travellers. Its charm lay in its simplicity, with narrow streets winding through white-washed buildings and the serene Mediterranean lapping gently at its shores. Today, Nerja's natural beauty and tranquil ambiance has spread across the globe as many have discovered its hidden charms. A popular highlight is the ancient Caves with their cave art, and subterranean stalactites and stalagmites that have formed over countless millennia. These natural formations offer a glimpse into the Earth's geological history and stand as an enchanting testament to the wonders of nature. Its ancient paintings by primitive cave-dwellers of time gone by are now preserved in the museum and are worth visiting.

Nerja's journey has continued with its historical preservation efforts. The town is also renowned for its vibrant festivals throughout the year. From the enchanting Three Kings celebration in January to the lively Feria in October, there's always a reason to join the festivities and immerse yourself in the local culture.

In recent years, Nerja has fully embraced its role as a premier tourist destination, offering various accommodations to suit every budget. The iconic Hotel Balcón de Europa, seamlessly built into the rocky coastline, provides guests with direct beach access and unparalleled sea views.

Nerja's dining scene is equally diverse and delectable. From traditional tapas bars serving authentic Spanish dishes to international restaurants, you'll find a variety of culinary experiences to tantalize your taste buds.

Take advantage of the opportunity to savor the mouthwatering paella at Chiringuito Ayo on the renowned Burriana Beach, a local favorite. Nerja's transformation from a quiet fishing village to a vibrant town is a testament to its enduring charm and appeal. Whether you're drawn to its history, natural beauty, festivals, or culinary delights.

Nerja promises an unforgettable Spanish Sunshine Break that captures the heart and soul of this coastal gem.

Wednesday 20 September 2023

Rogues Review by AvidTaveller.News


Barbadian Chronicles: The Stories Within Rogues in Paradise

Rogues in Paradise. a compelling book from author Ian R. Clayton-  Review by the AvidTraveller.News, Calum Glenny.  Dive into the unique culture, history and heritage of Barbados with "Ian R. Clayton." The island's history, of everday folk, heroes, and the legends showcases the Bajan spirit that rises above all. Read  the AvidTravellers review of "Rogues in Paradise".  


It is your perfect buddy for a Caribbean Holiday. Laugh, find out, and get in touch with the heart of this gorgeous island. 


 Review by Calum Glenny - The Avid Traveller

Wonderful characters and an extraordinary reveal of history, roots and culture



Friday 8 September 2023

The Avid Travellers Argyll Road Trip


 What truly makes this road trip unforgettable is the people Calum encounters along the way. The warm hospitality of the locals makes a deep impression on him. Whether sharing stories over a dram of whisky or savoring a traditional Scottish feast, Calum and his fellow travelers experience the heart and soul of Scotland through its people.

Food plays a central role in the journey, with Calum immersing himself in Scotland's culinary delights. He samples haggis, neeps, and tatties, explores the world of Scottish seafood, and indulges in the creamy pleasures of Scotch whisky. His taste buds embark on a delightful adventure of their own. Delving into Scotland's history is another highlight of the trip. Calum engages in conversations with local historians who share captivating tales of battles, clans, and legendary figures. Learning about the past adds depth and context to the road trip, connecting the present with Scotland's storied history.

The natural beauty of Argyll's landscapes is another mesmerizing aspect of the journey. Rolling hills, serene lochs, and pristine waters provide a visual feast, and the fresh air proves rejuvenating, especially after Calum's hospital stay.

Ferry rides between islands add an extra layer of adventure to the trip, connecting Calum and his companions to remote and often hidden gems with their own unique charm. These diverse landscapes showcase the incredible range of Scotland's natural beauty.

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Wednesday 30 August 2023

What is Different in the Republic of Barbados



The World witnessed a pivotal juncture on November 30, 2021, as the island nation of Barbados transitioned from a parliamentary constitutional monarchy to a parliamentary republic. This transition, rooted in a pursuit of independence, heralded profound changes that reshaped governance and affirmed a resolute commitment to self-determination. 

 Tracing the trajectory from the ignominious history of the African slave trade and slavery in Barbados, we explore the journey of enslaved people's endurance through brutality, rebellion, and eventual emancipation. 

Key changes under the new republic include a shift in head of state, from Queen Elizabeth II to a ceremonial president, Dame Sandra Mason, symbolizing a significant break from colonial tradition. The president assumes ceremonial roles, while the prime minister retains authority over governance. The position of the governor-general, formerly the representative of the British monarch, is succeeded by the president, as the nation embarks on constitutional amendments to reflect its new status. This transition not only cements Barbados' national identity and sovereignty but also establishes its independent presence on the global stage, unbound from its colonial history.

Among the transformative economic and societal impacts, is a renewed respect for the republic, influencing international interactions and domestic policy discussions. This historic turning point is a testament to Barbados' commitment to self-governance and autonomy, ushering in a new era while honoring its historical trajectory.

Monday 17 July 2023

RoguesGuides bordeaux


 Bordeaux is renowned for its wine production particularly red wines. The region boasts some of the most prestigious and sought after vintages in existence thanks to its high quality grapes grown on surrounding vineyards. Amongst these famous varietals are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc blends that have made Bordeaux a must visit destination for oenophiles worldwide. Bordeaux is not only known for its wine legacy but also boasts of exquisite architecture. 

The city showcases its spectacular Haussmannian style buildings that are characterized by grand symmetrical structures with intricate facades and balconies. This architectural design gained popularity during the 19th century under Baron Haussman's influence who renovated Paris at the same time period. 

Bordeaux has many such buildings in their central area which adds up to give it a sophisticated look. Its worth exploring this charming destination just to admire these stunning creations! The Port of the Moon in Bordeaux is a UNESCO World Heritage site that showcases an eclectic mix of architectural styles ranging from medieval to neoclassical. 

Its wide boulevards, charming squares and beautifully preserved buildings make it a delightful place for exploration. 


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