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5 Things To Do In Manchester That Have Nothing To Do With David Beckham

Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester, England.

A few years ago Manchester, England, got an approving nod from the New York Times when the newspaper named the city in its top 41 places to visit in the world. Outside of England, the city’s probably best known for its two popular football clubs and, to a lesser extent, the post-punk sounds of the Smiths and Joy Division. For travelers curious to see what helped land the city the Times’ mention, we put together…

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London, Travel Blog

Christmas in London: 3 Markets To Visit This Holiday Season

Double Decker buses and Christmas Lights.

I’m a sucker for all things Christmas. I love the TV specials, the Christmas carols and every bit of  holiday cheer that radiates out of every store and street corner bar. I’m not entirely sure where this holiday spirit comes from, but I’ve been hooked on the Yuletide as long as I can remember. Heck, I even remember getting excited about ordering a Bing Crosby Christmas cassette from our school book club when I was…

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London

Sponsored Video: The London Story – London Underground

London Theater District.

In terms of touring London, my story isn’t too remarkable. I’ve only been to the city twice, but trust me you’ll want to read on because what I reveal at the end of this post may just blow your polka dot socks off. Our first trip in London town lasted a whole 13 hours and consisted of a few pints and a few hours of sleep in a basement fire hazard that moonlighted as a…

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England, Featured Post, HostelBookers, London, UK

London: Smart Hyde Park View | Hangin’ with @HostelBookers

London Phone Booths sfb sm

[google1][pinit count=”vertical” url=”http://www.beersandbeans.com” float=”right”] Over the last year Beth and I have discovered that we are no longer hostel dorm people. While a lot of it has to do with our nomadic lifestyle of trying to balance work with travel, we’ve also realized that we like having our own privacy and space. At first I kind of felt guilty, like I’m some bourgeois backpacker who’s no longer keeping it real. But then, as I spoke…

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London, UK

Four Places to Experience the Countryside in London

Hampstead Heath by Tony Hall via Flickr.

[google1][pinit count=”vertical” url=”http://www.beersandbeans.com” float=”right”] This is a guest post by one of our UK readers.  When you think of London, the first things that come to mind might be big buildings, busy people, and not a hint of the lovely English countryside in sight. If that’s the case, don’t be so sure, because the capital’s got a lot up its sleeve when it comes to grassy expanses and wildlife. So if you’re staying in London…

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England, Europe, Featured Post, UK

Traveling through Literary Britain

[google1] This is a guest post from Jessica Minier Mabe. She is not only one of our readers but also the owner of Distant Mountain Trips which orchestrates intimate & unique tours across Europe. As a former English teacher one of her favorite tours is ‘Literary Britain’. Reading her post below it is clear she has a passion not only for quality, well thought out travel but also for diving behind the scenes of literary…

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England, no old tweet, UK

Murder Mystery on an Escorted Holiday

[google1] Editor’s note: This is a guest post from a reader. When my partner told me I might need to dress up in a nun’s outfit for my birthday surprise I was a little dubious, and curtly reminded him that it was my birthday not his. When he produced a vintage policeman’s hat and a pair of handcuffs I was more worried than anything else. Weren’t we a bit old for that? But, thankfully, he…

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