Welcome

Hi.  I’m Marie and you are very welcome to HopsSkipsandJumps.     If you are reading this you are probably like me – happiest when planning your next trip (or 2…  or 3….!) I’m a very unlikely victim of a travel bug.   Firstly,  the gene pool – my parents were of that generation that only […]

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Hamburg’s Xmas Markets

With picture perfect backdrops that include a stunning town hall,  Alster Lake,  parish churches and romantic squares,  Hamburg makes for a good option if you are into traditional Xmas markets.   While there are plenty of craft stalls selling the usual candles,  decorations, etc.,   there is a strong leaning towards food and drink.   You’re unlikely to […]

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My Top 10 of Everything: The Yucatán beyond Cancun

This is a great place for self touring.   It has beaches,  architecture,  history,  nature …. and great food.   All bar one are easily accessible by car (the other one is an island).   Cancun is not everyone’s idea of an idyllic exotic location – don’t worry – all we saw of Cancun was the airport.   For […]

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Malaga in a hurry – So you’ve time for only one Church…

Cathedral de la Encarnación de Malaga does not open onto a massive square.  Nor is it situated on the highest ground in the city.  So you approach it through the narrow streets of the old town.   This means that it may not pack a punch with its first impression.   But this is truly a beautiful […]

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Vignettes from a lifetime of Travel

S is for Standing on THAT Corner!   Parents are an embarrassment to their kids – that’s just a fact of life.   But there’s no rule stating that we can’t take malicious pleasure in it on occasion! In 2007 we drove Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles.  One early morning,  the road brought us through […]

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Malaga in a hurry – So you’ve time for only one Walk

This is a walk for views – views of the city,  the coast,  the mountains.   It starts at the Roman ruins and passes by the 2 Moorish fortresses in the city and offers a great panorama of the area.     Our walk begins about 450m from the cathedral at Teatro Romano.  The theatre was built in […]

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