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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Vignettes from a Lifetime of Travel

A is for Abu Simbel In 1981 I visited Egypt for the first time.   Aswan was pretty much as far as anyone went by road.   At almost 300km further south,   Abu Simbel could be reached by river or by a flight which at the time was £90 if I remember correctly and way out of […]

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156,000,000 London Travel Blogs – plus 1!

Yes –  that’s 156 MILLION (depending on the day!) – so the world really needs another London itinerary or tip list!   And lucky you – because here it is! So after you’ve done the Palace,  St Paul’s Cathedral,  Big Ben,  Madame Tussaud’s,  the Tower and London Eye, try and fit in as many of the […]

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London out and about – exploring Brick Lane

It is possible to walk along Brick Lane,  go into a shop or two,  try some street food or a bagel and leave wondering what the fuss is all about. Or… You could spend most of a day here,  branching off the main street and enjoying the free art exhibition which embraces everything from colossal […]

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Down Wicklow Way – A Sunday Amble at Woodstock House

Here’s one for the locals.  If its one of those Sunday afternoons and you don’t want to make a huge effort –  you know the feeling – Glendalough is a bit too far,  The Sugar Loaf is a bit too steep and the Bray – Greystones walk is a bit too long – then you […]

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Sunday in London – Columbia Road Flower Market

What I liked most about this particular market – well apart from the blooms, colours and smells of course – was that despite the number of tourists around,  there was nonetheless a local,  neighbourhood feel to it.   We were lucky with our visit because even though it was still early February,  it was a lovely […]

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Plitvice Lakes National Park

This piece of Paradise is considered one of the most beautiful National Parks in Europe.   Now a UNESCO Heritage site,  its also one of the most popular tourist spots in Croatia.   The stunning park is made up of 16 lakes with water ranging from clear to turquoise.   The lakes are connected by waterfalls and surrounded […]

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Dublin Holiday World Show 2019

You’d wonder about the relevance of these shows when we can navigate the internet for anything we need and yet I’m still drawn to the exhibition every January.    It’s years since I’ve booked anything there but its just nice to actually talk to tour operators now and then!   I’ve a huge problem with paying […]

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