Author Archive | Susanna

Fujifilm X-A3: Beyond the smartphone #ad

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  I’ll let you in on a little secret. I’m not a photographer! I’m a travel blogger that likes taking photos and up until recently relied mainly on my smartphone for images. Start talking metering with me and my eyes glaze over. I just want amazing photos! Relying solely on my smartphone for images can be problematic: 1) it […]

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Royal Garden Hotel: Exploring London with the family

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  Have I told you about how Mr. and Mrs. Modern started dating? Back in the height of the dotcom boom when we were mid-level executives living on separate continents and working for Silicon Valley startups? Well … I was in San Francisco in corporate marketing at a software company. Mr. Modern was in sales for […]

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Postcards from February halfterm in London!

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  February half term is a hard one.  What do you do? Skiing is obvious. The only issue with that is a) it’s very expensive and b) it’s very crowded! This year UK and France school holidays collided – with resorts experiencing the biggest crowds ever. Thank goodness I skipped that! 😀 If you want/crave sunshine you […]

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Holidays: Tips for staying safe in the sun

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  I love how the sun makes me feel while I’m on holiday – warm, alive and happy! But I don’t love that it can be a health risk. My uncle died of melanoma more than a decade ago, and I’m keen to protect my family from harmful rays. I was introduced to Ultrasun a couple […]

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3 days in La Champagne

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I’ve joined the British Guild of Travel Writers, an eclectic group of talented and friendly travel journalists. The group’s collective experience is mind-boggling. There are specialists that have traversed Egypt, tried kambala racing in India and searched out Europe’s best cycle cafes.  What everyone in the group has is common is the love of travel. If you put […]

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Guide to walking over the Golden Gate Bridge

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    Going to San Francisco? Then you MUST set aside a few hours to walk over the iconic Golden Gate Bridge (which is painted red, btw, not gold). It’s a wonderful way to experience the city. You can walk or bike across the 1.5 mile art deco-inspired bridge and enjoy sweeping panoramic views to the Pacific, Marin Headlands, […]

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Antigua: St James Club or The Verandah?

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  Lucky you! Hopefully if you’re reading this you’ve decided to go to my favourite Caribbean island, Antigua! It’s perfect for families who want to minimise travel time – it’s the closest Caribbean Island to the UK and takes roughly 8 hours via plane. Plus many of the resorts are with 30 minutes – 1 hour […]

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Trying out floatfit® CARIBBEAN aquabase® at Elite Island Resorts!

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  Perhaps he sensed my apprehension. “Don’t worry – you can modify any of this.” Super Dave, on Elite Island Resort’s activity staff at St. James’ Club in Antigua, is wearing a fluorescent pink sports shirt and black Lyra gym shorts. His Antiguan accent oozes enthusiasm and I’m  instantly reminded I’m on holiday. He looks over my Lands […]

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The Modern Family: 12 months, 12 trips!

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  We started the year with a trip to Brighton, staying at the Holiday Inn Brighton Seafront as part of the Holiday Inn You’re Welcome campaign. I wasn’t entirely sure how the girls were going to react to going away (it was a busy term time weekend – tennis, 11+ exams, and lots and lots […]

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VLOG: Our review trip to The Verandah, Antigua

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Come with the Modern Family to Antigua! In October we stayed at The Verandah Resort and Spa as guests of Elite Island Resorts. We made the most of the week trying to keep fit as a family – kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, swimming and hiking to historic Devil’s Bridge. Come join us!      Read […]

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