I tell everyone that I’ve been planning this trip to see the total solar eclipse for the last 7 years. Honestly, it’s not really true. We had it in mind to see it in person on the 21st of August this year but it was only in January 2017 that we booked the flights and hotel. We wouldn’t normally fly thousands of miles to see an eclipse but we are in the USA already visiting family, so that gets us close enough to make the extra trip. Selecting an Eclipse Viewing Location The eclipse passes across the USA in a…

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The best way to soak in New York is on foot. This “point of view” shot of my family taking a walk through Times Square is busy and colourful, and you can see their heads turning to look. We knew we looked liked tourists but thankfully so did most of the other people! I raised the camera high to make a point of their perspective. The idea is to give the viewer a feel of what it would be like to be that person in the foreground of the picture. It’s a journalistic-style image with frozen movement and it documents…

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In the last eight months my family has been unlucky enough to have three truly awful restaurant meals. That’s probably about one third of all the meals out which we have had in that time. These meals were all either treats or necessities. One was a lunch on a long motorway journey, one was a meal out on holiday and the third was a family celebration. We’re not made of money; our children are secondary school age and don’t normally order from the kids menu, so the cost is significant. It makes me realise how brave my restaurant reviewing blogger…

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From my own very British experience I have discovered 8 ways to not cope with rain on holiday. Get very cross Fail to bring the right coats and shoes Have no backup plans of things to do Fail to make the most of the gaps between the rain Have nowhere to dry out Have nothing else to enjoy about the holiday other than the outdoors Plan nothing else to look forward to after the holiday Spend too much time being cold We’ve just had a camping weekend in the Lake District with some extended family. It was a great weekend,…

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