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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Charleston – Out and About, away from Downtown

While the city of  Charleston  is interesting in itself for a few days,  it also makes for a good base to explore the Lowcountry – the marshy coastal lands that stretch south into Georgia.   With its dripping Spanish moss,  fabulous oak trees and abundance of wildlife,  the area is naturally stunning and full of history. […]

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Charleston – a stroll Downtown

Charleston, South Carolina,   is very proud of its list of ‘firsts’ and ‘oldests’ – first theatre,  first museum,  first golf course,  oldest public gardens,  oldest municipal college……  The city’s Preservation Society takes its job very seriously (and of course its the oldest community based historic society in the US).   The French Quarter and surrounding area boasts […]

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Vignettes from a lifetime of Travel

W is for Weather   ‘Bring your togs‘ says she – ‘its lovely in South Carolina at this time of year… nothing heavy – maybe something for the evenings‘.   A few days before we travel…. ‘We’re having some kind of weather episode – you’ll need warm clothes… bring layers… and a raincoat… and scarf and […]

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My Top 10 of Everything: Things you absolutely must taste in Ireland!

  Its March 17th and today,  Irish people all over the world will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day Most of us will drown the shamrock pretty much alone this year as we feel (and heed) the effects of social distancing.   Although festivities have been curtailed,  there’s a great sense of Irishness today.   We’ll be indulging […]

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Mexican Riviera – Should you stay in Playa del Carman?

I must qualify this post from the beginning by declaring that I’m absolutely no expert on conventional ‘resort holidays’.   With over 40 years of travel behind me,  I could probably count on one hand the number of traditional package tours I’ve experienced.   I  don’t tend to stay in one place very long and prefer moving […]

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