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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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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We will soon be visiting New York as a family to see relatives. We hope to see the best sights of the big smoke while we are there. I’ve never been much of a city break person. We normally take a holiday to enjoy nature, scenery or the coast. Even though I am looking forward to visiting New York, mainly I am quite apprehensive, even nervous. I’ve not been able to get my children excited either. I asked them “aren’t you interested in helping plan some things to do and see?” but they replied “no, you do it mum. You…

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Last week I announced that our family is travelling to see a total eclipse of the sun in the USA. On Monday 21st August 2017 millions of people in parts of the USA will see the phenomenon. The eclipse will make landfall in a narrow strip from the Pacific northwest all the way to the Atlantic coast in South Carolina. We’ve been dreaming of seeing this total eclipse ever since we saw one in the Champagne region of France in 1999. I wrote my story in Views of a Total Solar Eclipse from France but I’ve also asked friends who…

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