As part of a summer holiday staycation I visited Oxford Castle Unlocked for a day out with my sister and two nieces, both aged 8. We were keen to make the most of a day in Oxford and this opportunity to explore the history of the castle.
Built in 1071 by Richard d’Orilly, a Norman baron and close ally of William the Conqueror, Oxford Castle has had a constant presence in key historic moments of Oxford’s evolution. Most of the castle was destroyed in the English Civil War and by the 18th century the remaining buildings had become Oxford’s local prison. This later became HM Prison Oxford, which closed in 1996. Continue reading A summer escape with the family to Oxford Castle unlocked
During 2013 and early 2014, I was fortunate to be involved in the planning and eventual testing of a prototype of the latest addition to the GATE8 luggage range, the Cabin Max lightweight carry-on hand luggage.
GATE8 self-identifies as a company founded by a British IT consultant that got tired of wasting time in airport queues and spending money on excess baggage fees on business trips. He set about designing a solution that met the hand baggage requirements of all airlines, accommodated crease-free garment storage and stored laptops safely and conveniently. So was born the GATE8’er. Continue reading GATE8 Cabin Max luggage for the no-fuss traveller
As the new year approaches, I chose to reflect on 2013 and my year in travel. It’s certainly been my busiest yet, from New York to Brazil, Lisbon to Jamaica, my trips have been as varied and spontaneous as ever to fit into an ever-busy schedule.
2013 started with a new year break to Paris, seeing the sights of the city accompanied by a stay at Oceania Paris Porte de Versailles. Shortly afterwards, a city break to Berlin was enjoyed by my partner and I courtesy of Expedia. We experienced bitterly cold temperatures and contrasting experiences from Sachsenhausen concentration camp to a street art tour with fantastic accommodation provided by Eurostars Hotel. Continue reading Reflecting on a year of travel – 2013