Places I’ve Travelled Lately | Lightly We Stay

It’s safe to say we’ve not been going far lately. Even with the slight (and premature) relaxation of the lockdown measures, we’ve had to reassess what it means to ‘travel’ somewhere. In an attempt to feel less stuck in one place, I’ve been trying to reframe regular activities into something more exciting. So, in that vein, here are a few places I’ve travelled lately.…

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Postcards from… York in Lockdown

Everything is terrible – but being able to wander through empty York streets in the middle of the day has been a weekly tonic amidst the worry. For this post I thought I’d take you with us on our weekly walk. I hope that, wherever you are, it can help you escape to our beautiful city and its spring blossom.…

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Lightly We Stay: Writing a Tourism-Focused Blog During COVID-19

I’ve being toying with this post for almost two months now, since the coronavirus started its mass sweep across the UK and became something truly tangible in our lives here. After a month or so away from blogging – February was a busy month and something had to give – I was just starting to think about picking it back up when COVID-19 hit. In a matter of days, all normality went out the window while we could only stand in the doorway and watch it disappear. Our lives were rendered indoors overnight but for food shopping, medical appointments, and daily exercise.…

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The Cotswolds Distillery Tour | Review

Our visit to the Cotswolds Distillery was a pretty last-minute decision. While flicking through the leaflets provided to us in The Hayloft, our gorgeous accommodation, I came across one advertising the Cotswolds Distillery, and booked onto a tour pretty much immediately. This wasn’t just a quick wander and some free booze (though there was some included); it was really interesting and educational, and a proper behind-the-scenes look at how everything works at this young distillery.…

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Pensthorpe Natural Park: A Guide | Norfolk

I grew up among the birds and bulrushes of Pensthorpe Natural Park. It was one of those places that we went as a family when we weren’t sure what to do at the weekend or in the school holidays. My childhood memories are scattered with images of feeding ducks from its bridges; pond-dipping in its Millennium Garden; marvelling at the cranes, storks, and flamingos that seemed so exotic for their Norfolk wetland surroundings. Most magical of all was simply trying to stay as quiet and still as possible in its bird hides. I was lucky: it was here that I saw my first kingfisher. …

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