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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Delving into Bruges – her Nightscapes

  Thinking of visiting Bruges as a day trip from Brussels?  Maybe you should reconsider!   Just look at what you’d be missing!                                         ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦  

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Delving into Bruges – her Street Corners

Once upon a time (as all the best stories go…) a traveler from Luxembourg was set upon and murdered on a narrow street in Bruges.   A local tradesman came upon him and the police found him cradling the dead man.  He was of course arrested and charged with the murder. On the night before his […]

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8 Things one should NEVER do in Bruges!

1. DON’T sample ANY of the hundreds of Belgian beers  (especially when sitting outside on one of the city’s many squares!)   2. DON’T try the waffles – not even the ‘healthy option’ with banana!   3. DON’T taste ANY chocolate!   4. DON’T savour the infamous Belgian frites … especially with creamy mayonnaise!   […]

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Utah’s Extraordinary Landscapes – ‘The Mighty 5’

If (like me) you love rugged arid landscapes then southern Utah should be well up on your wish list.   The region has everything to make for a great trip – canyons,  arches,  valleys,  hoodoos,  deserts,  red rock scenery….  – and all stunning.   The problem is fitting the lot in!   Utah’s tourism industry cleverly markets the […]

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