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    Shopping and supping in Salt Lake City without mention of the Mormons and a tour of the 'reel' Wild West of the movies on horseback in Moab - Utah has something unforgettable for saints and sinners.

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My Top 4 Stars And Stripes Photos For July 4th

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Arizona, California, Continents, Hawaii, Photo Journeys, USA, Utah

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The Stars and Stripes hanging on a restaurant wall in Utah

I usually have my own special reason to celebrate American Independence Day  - just like the famous movie title, my little brother was born on the 4th of July. And while he isn’t American (or even English like me) and is now far from being a little boy, he did turn out to be a military man, and a real hero.

But while I could probably compile a post of family photos of my brother in action around the world (future post idea there), I think we can all agree that a photo essay of the good old Stars and Stripes is what you (and undoubtedly he) would rather see this weekend.

After contributing an image to Carpe Travel’s annual post celebrating American Independence Day though travel writers’ photos of the flag, I just couldn’t resist sharing a selection of my own Stars and Stripes photos with you too.

10 Tips To Help Cut The Cost Of A Holiday To Canada

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Canada, Continents, Opinion

holiday to Canada

Cut the cost of a holiday to Canada with these tips.

They say the best things in life are free, and that really does go double for the land of the double-double (that’s a Canadian way of ordering coffee to the uninitiated) – but with these money saving tips, you could cut the cost of that Canadian coffee as well as every other aspect of your trip to Canada, in half and half.

24 Hours In Salt Lake City – A Sinful Saturday In The City of Saints

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Continents, Food, Opinion, Searching For Soya, USA, Utah, Worldwide Vacation

Decades Vintage 24 hours in Salt Lake City

Display at Decades Vintage Emporium Salt Lake City

Utah’s capital may be best known for the Church of The Latter Day Saints, but this one million-strong metropolis makes an equally suitable city break setting for would-be sinners in search of urban indulgence.

From quirky shopping to secret street food, luxury hotels to lattes, it’s time to check-in your preconceptions at the door and check-out the fun you can have in 24 hours in Salt Lake City

My Mayfair Lady – A Local Girl’s Guide To London’s Exclusive Square Mile

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, England, Europe, London, Opinion, UK Staycation

London Mayfair

Most people think of Mayfair and imagine upscale hotels, the beautiful boutiques of Dover Street Market and the high-end establishments of Shepherd Market but take it from a local girl, whether you’re more of a Professor Higgins or an Eliza Doolittle you can still find your fun in Mayfair…

not My First Rodeo; 10 Things You Need To Know Before Visiting Cloverdale Rodeo

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, British Columbia, Canada, Continents, Vancouver

Cloverdale Rodeo

Cloverdale Rodeo

‘Don’t worry, it’s not my first rodeo‘ replied my friend as I apologised for leaving her alone in the stands while I got a closer look at the horses and the real life cowboys performing in front of me.

She almost certainly wasn’t the first person to make that joke at the Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair, the fifth biggest rodeo in Canada, and I’m sure she won’t be the last.

But it was my first rodeo, and won’t be my last judging by the amount of fun I had at an event that sets you back just $10 for entry and can keep you horsing around for up to 16 hours.

How To Holiday Monaco-Style Without Leaving London

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in England, London, Monaco, UK Staycation, United Kingdom

LondonI’ve got a different kind of seven step program for you in this post; one that won’t help break your addictions to travel, shopping and good food but which will show you where to find your fix of the luxurious Monte Carlo lifestyle without leaving London.

Here I share my 7 favourite places in the Principality of Monaco and uncover their London equivalents…

Confessions of a champagne socialist – Lessons In Travel & Champers

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Arizona, British Columbia, Canada, Continents, Food, Opinion, USA, Vancouver, Whistler, Worldwide Vacation

champagneLike most girls I’m rather partial to a glass of bubbly  - and writing about the differences between champagne and sparkling wine recently (as you do) reminded me that along with making me forget a few things, my nights (and days) out with champagne by my side have taught me a few things worth remembering too.

Here are three fun facts that champagne has taught me on my travels, from how easy it really is to sabre a bottle of the sparkling stuff to the longstanding tradition of post hot air ballooning baptisms with bubbles …

How To Walk Across London Bridge – Without Setting Foot In Blighty

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Arizona, Continents, USA, Worldwide Vacation

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London Bridge, Lake Havasu City, Arizona

I’d been living in North America for over a year and was in search of a taste of home. So when I heard that I could walk across London Bridge without the expense or hassle of a transatlantic flight I was all ears.

Soon I found  myself traversing John Rennie’s original London Bridge without leaving the states, as the structure that spanned the Thames for 137 years now graces Arizona’s rather more glamorous answer to Milton Keynes: Lake Havasu City.