Looking to travel and spend your Christmas elsewhere? Do you find London too expensive and busy? Why not visit lovely and cosy Chichester, the hometown of Anglia in West Sussex.
Reserve for Christmas lunch or dinner at The Fox Goes Free, one of Sussex’s most traditional and charismatic pubs, take a walk in the fields surrounding this 400+ year venue and come back for a glass of mulled wine at one of the fire places to end the day. You can also stay the night at the Fox Inn but be quick to reserve a room! There are also many other lovely places to wine and dine and visit with your family in Chichester.
Another personal favourite: West Dean Gardens – a beautiful park and one of the greatest restored gardens open to the public today with a lovely restaurant where they also serve a delicious Christmas lunch.
And you can still decide to take the train to London for a day (1,5 hrs to Victoria station!) to go to a musical or go on a shopping spree on Boxing day!
This month’s travel tip comes from Carme Monserrat. Carme is an English teacher and the director of Speak Easy in Sitges, Spain. Speak Easy Sitges is also the location of the English Academy Summer Experience Weeks in Spain.
“My best-kept secret travel tip is in Barcelona and is called the "Maze Park" (Parque del Laberinto).
Parque del Laberinto is the oldest garden in the city and it was designed in 1791 by the owner, Joan Desvalls, Marquis of Llupià and ALfrràs. This truly magic place full of gardens, waterfalls, streams, ponds and canals is situated in the northern part of Barcelona, away from the busy tourist centre of the city. It shows a mix of styles: Arabic, Mediterranean, Neoclassical and Romantic. During the 19th century its was used for cultural events and for open-air theatre performances.”
Everyone always goes to Kruger National Park but there is actually a hidden gem with loads to offer…
The Hluhluwe / Umfuluzi Game reserve is located in Kwazulu Natal and is actually 2 reserves in one. The reserves joined in order to accommodate the freedom of movement for the animals during drought, to assist with wildlife conservation and the protection of rhinos. The reserve is smaller than Kruger but is well stocked with wildlife so you will end up seeing much more! Accommodation is fantastic and provided in a truly warm and welcoming African style!
This is the only place in the world where you will find the Big 7 (rhino, leopard, lion, buffalo, elephant, southern right whale and great white sharks) within a few km of each other.
Note of caution: Don’t leave your chicken on the braai (BBQ) as the hyenas will end up having a good dinner and you will go hungry. Humba Kahle (Travel well)
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