October went by in a flash didn’t it? One minute I was being incredibly spoilt on my birthday trip to Venice and the next we are turning back the clocks. It seems fitting that when it is dark outside to celebrate Diwali – the Hindu festival of lights. Diwali celebrates the victory of light over darkness and good over evil hence the traditional lighting of candles. The emphasis on joy and the triumph of knowledge over ignorane means this is a festival that appeals to me greatly. That and the impressive selection of traditional sweets.
This month, together with fellow travel bloggers Clare and Erin, we launched a weekly link up of travel stories from around the world – Faraway Files. I have loved checking in each week to discover new places and travel ideas from people who notice the details and love exploring our planet. At the other end of the travel industry spectrum is the biggest world travel trade show World Travel Market that I will be attending and reporting back on in the coming weeks.
Links + Loves – October 2016
London – where to find London’s secret river – The Fleet
Discover – the history of Pho – my favourite soup
US Presidents – these 15 films about POTUS keep it class(ier) – not hard
Taste – how my friend Erin worked her way around Croatia bite by bite
Japan – a peaceful pilgrimage through the wilderness home of Japanese Buddhism – Kumano Kodo
New York – a fond farewell to the city’s famous Carnegie Deli which is closing at the end of the year
Glamping – when tents get cosy – love this list of Canadian and US glamping spots
In case you missed .. my top posts this month
Revealing Venice beyond the madding crowds
Beyond the spray can: A street art tour of East London
Stepping back in time at Sutton Hoo
The missing bite .. a discovery of tastes in Italy
Travel Traits: Zehra Hicks
11 London galleries for art lovers
Coming up in November
As the years roll by I enjoy the rhythm of life, the coming and going of the seasons and the regular events that mark the calendar each year. Of course November sees the arrival of Bonfire night in the UK and Thanksgiving in the US, two very different holidays steeped in tradition and history. Discovering the way people live and observing their celebrations has always been one of the reasons I travel so this month I will be exploring traditions and customs around the world.
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In the meantime, thanks, as always, for reading