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Fancy Learning to fly a 737 in Devon?

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

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The view from the cockpit at Virtual Jet Centre

I went to Devon for a weekend of cream teas and beach walks, but ever one for adventure when I discovered that the UK’s best flight simulator is right here on the south coast, I set aside a couple of hours to learn to fly a 737 while in Devon, because if something rhymes it’s extra rude not to do it. 

Weekend Shortcut: A Weekend In Devon For Foodies

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Art & Culture, Continents, Devon, England, Europe, UK Staycation, Weekend Shortcut

Weekend in Devon

A Weekend in Devon; the view from Orestone Manor

Weekend Shortcuts are posts written to help you put together a perfect weekend away without tearing your hair out during the research phase.

This weekend shortcut covers everything you need to know for a food-filled 2- day break in Devon, a truly delightful part of South West England that’s simultaneously easily accessible yet somehow feels unhurried and remote, making it a great candidate for a stress free little trip to recharge your batteries.

Read on to learn how to replicate this delicious weekend in Devon without doing any extra research – leaving you more time to eat, drink and relax with stunning English sea views.

Where SavoirThere Is Going In 2017 & Why I’d Like You To Come Along

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Opinion

Travel in 2017

Where will 2017 lead?

I’ve never been one for naval gazing on this site, or on social media in general. So this is a real first. But stick with me, there’s something in it for you. I promise.

I love travel (obvious?) and I’ve been obsessed with it for 40 years. My aim when I started SavoirThere in 2011 was to have a single place to write down my answers to all the travel questions people asked me, so I could help them out more.

I’ve always wanted to share my travel knowledge – hence the name. I really can’t stand the idea of people getting a raw deal or not having a great holiday, especially if I can help.

But since then the internet has really changed, travel has changed quite a lot too, heck the world has REALLY changed (I’m not going to get into that right here, right now, don’t worry) so I think it is time for this blog to change…

Christmas Travel: Does Devon Have The UK’s Most Historic Mince Pies?

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Christmas Travel, Continents, Devon, England, Europe, Food, UK Staycation

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Munch on mince pies made with flour dating back to the Domesday Book

I travelled to Devon this December to discover the festive history behind the first Christmas card ever designed.

But while in the southerly English county, famous for its beautiful beaches and picture postcard villages, I discovered the area has another incredible – and edible  – Christmassy claim to fame.

Devon’s Otterton Mill is the producer of mince pies made at the oldest recorded bakery on the planet, making these the world’s most historic mince pies…

Travel To The Home Of The First Christmas Card

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Art & Culture, Christmas Travel, Continents, Devon, England, Europe, UK Staycation, United Kingdom

The First Christmas card

The first Christmas card was born at Orestone Manor, Devon, England

Christmas crackers, the Queen’s speech, mince pies, Boxing Day, Christmas pudding England has plenty of festive traditions which are regarded with complete puzzlement by the rest of the world.

England also has an even bigger Christmas claim to fame – one that is somewhat of a secret.

The first Christmas card was invented right here, conceived and designed in the English county of Devon.

The manor house where the ultimate Christmas tradition was born is now a luxury countryside hotel; so what better place to eat, drink and be merry and get into the spirit of Christmas than the original home of Christmas greetings

Find Your Sea Legs With These 4 Marvellous Maritime Museums

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Art & Culture, Continents, Europe, Italy, Opinion, Sweden, USA, Worldwide Vacation

Boat in Genoa's Porto Antico

A boat in Genoa’s old port

Let’s face it the idea of visiting maritime museums on your travels could make you feel a little bit sea sick.

I love all kinds of museums and galleries, and have been to plenty with nautical themes, but I have to admit that while some are leagues ahead of the competition and give you a fantastic insight into travel by boat others make you want to bail when you find your interest levels sinking fast.

So while I’m no more of a salty sea dog than the average traveller, I find life on – and under – the ocean strangely fascinating.

So if you’re into sailing and want to fit some mu-SEA-ums into your travels (sorry!) here are some ideas…

Tobago Time: My Memories Of The Happy Island

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Caribbean, Continents, Tobago

tobago time

These guys are on Tobago time.

Ever since the British winter took hold, I’ve been reminiscing more than ever about my time on the Caribbean Islands.

The ultra laid-back – and happiest  – of all the Caribbean islands is Tobago and even thinking about my time there makes me smile.

These are my personal highlights of being on Tobago time

3 Things I Learned On A Luxury London Dessert Tour

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Art & Culture, Europe, Food, London, News, Opinion, Shopping, United Kingdom

London dessert tour

Fortnum & Mason on my Urban Adventures London dessert tour

I turn tourist for the day and try out one of Urban Adventures’ London day tours.

And despite covering some well-trodden West End ground, I learn 3 things that even as a native Londoner I had NO idea about – until now – all while munching on lovely Ladurée macaroons along the way.

Read on to see if you’ll learn something new too…

Discerning Traveller’s Guide to Visiting Mallorca In Winter

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Balearic Islands, Europe, Ibiza, Majorca, Menorca, Spain, Worldwide Vacation

Mallorca in winter

Sailing in Mallorca

As Autumn turns to Winter, it may not be the most popular time to take to the skies for a flight to the Balearic Islands, which are of course better known as summer holiday spots – but for the discerning traveller that very fact makes it perfect.

I share a few thoughts on why I think an off season break to Mallorca makes a lot of sense, where to go on the Mediterranean’s biggest Balearic Island and explain why I’ve always found Mallorca in Winter, and in fact any of the Balearic Islands off season, especially appealing…