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Great time lapse ("hyperlapse" in Microsoft-speak) video of London from Marriott. 

(It's unlisted on Youtube cos they would prefer you to visit http://travel.marriott.co.uk/london/london-hyperlapse/ so they can track the campaign, but it displays better with a Youtube link)
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Great spot for a bar/restaurant! :)

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Another full day of walking across the Dordogne region of France today - through small hamlets, past grand chateaux, amongst forests and in between fields.

I'll share a couple of photos because it was all so scenic and so varied. But here was one of my early sights today before the clouds cleared. The town of Beynac (from the bottom of it!).

#travel #travelphotography #france #30activedays
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Really interesting!

Hat tip to +Mary Jo Manzanares on 'another social platform'
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+Alastair McKenzie  Thanks for the tip +Mary Jo Manzanares 
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Woah! That looks pretty cool! 

... or hot, if you had to cycle up there! #30activedays  
 
The destination for my cycle through France today: Rocamadour.

This town on a hill was started in the 11th century as a religious centre. Churches and shrines were built into the caves that have naturally formed here. It's now an important pilgrimage site and hundreds of thousands of people make the journey here each year.

#travel #travelphotography #france #worldheritagesite #30activedays
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There is something quintessentially 'French'  about this view!   #30activedays  
 
Such a cute little sight as I walked through the town of St Sozy yesterday afternoon on my +Headwater Holidays trip through the Dordogne region of France.

Today I'm getting on the bike for a big cycle - although I may go for the flat option rather than tackle some of the hills around here ;)

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I've never been inside Pollock's Toy Museum before.

It's a warren of small rooms packed with displays of old dolls, tin trains, toy soldiers, board games and so on.

Anyone with a pulse will find it either enchanting, or just old & bizarre. 

Anyone with a diminishing pulse will revel in old memories of childhood, or like me, be horrified to find stuff we played with is now a museum exhibit!
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Wow! Quite an endorsement from +Matthew Long :)
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Ha! Well not my endorsement, it's usually on those round up lists :)
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+ruth Haffenden talking sense again! ;)
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The current Captivate/Headwater #30activedays  campaign explained. 
When Headwater Holidays asked us to help them celebrate their 30th birthday we put together a major campaign and #30activedays took to the great outdoors.
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UK heatwave sparks increase in demand for cottage breaks

At least, that's what holidaycottages.co.uk says.

The heatwave forecast appears to have motivated people to holiday in the UK, with an increase in their bookings by almost a tenth (9.7%) over the weekend, and the number of searches for UK holiday breaks up by nearly a fifth (17.3%).

Visitors to their ‘last minute’ page on the website have increased by 26.4%

Regions proving particularly popular include Cornwall (increase in searches of 36%), followed by Scotland which was up by a quarter (25%) and Devon which saw an increase in searches of 22%. In addition, visits to the dog-friendly cottages pages received a 132% increase this weekend confirming that holidays in the UK are for the whole family.

Managing director, James Morris,  said:

"Booking figures at the start of the year indicated that 2015 would be a big year for UK tourism, so we were expecting a busy summer. But we were pleasantly surprised with the rise in bookings and searches due to this week’s heatwave. The UK is currently one of the hottest countries on the continent so it’s the perfect time for Brits to enjoy the sun without the hassle of getting on an aeroplane. It’s great that the weather is looking good as the UK has so much to offer for tourists, whilst at the same time allowing people to enjoy the comforts of home in any number of destinations across the UK."
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TBF it was getting a little old & creaky like the best of us!
Heathrow Terminal 1 to close as part of airport refurbishment
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This is pretty cool.

Ben's House (www.benshouse.london) is a boutique emporium of foods & drinks "Cured, Created, Crafted in London Town".... and a coffeeshop.

From Dalston Cola & Butlers gin, to Prairie Fire BBQ sauce & local honey labelled with the postcode of their hives.

Declaration: I found it on a walking tour organised by Google, so I'm not sure who paid for my coffee & bun, Ben himself or Google, but I would have posted anyway.

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Former Travel Editor, Classic FM

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Went here on the hottest evening of the year, so on a Weds in July the beer garden was as packed as a weekend and the staff were struggling to keep up. All the same, the service was excellent and really friendly. And the food was great.
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Amazing collection in a maze of small rooms. Some people spend hours here revisiting their childhood, other whizz through and don't really get it. I found several toys and games that I remember from my childhood (never a good sign when those things start turning up in museum collections!). Worth a visit.
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Everything you want in a campsite - really friendly & welcoming, shiny new (2015) laundry, showers & toilets block with disabled facilities & family shower rooms, shiny new (2015) playground, a shop with camping essentials, extra large pitches (easy to get car & tents in) all spotless & tidy - excellent. Astonishingly empty for a June weekend, but be careful who you share this info with because when word gets out, it'll be packed!
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Excellent fun! Four us went on a Saturday afternoon (three weeks after it opened) and had a great time. It was packed, and here is a small problem. Being in a railway arch, there are very strict licensing rules because there is only one fire exit, so their limit is: all the tables full and one group waiting at the bar. For us it meant a 20 minute wait outside in the cold! But worth it. Also, they don't take bookings (at least not for the time being unless they can find a workable system), for obvious reasons; no one can predict how long a game might take. I talked to one of the co-founders, Toby. He says the trick is to get there early on weekends. Aim for mid-morning on Sat & Sun. Once things have bedded down a little he says the aim will be to try and balance the load a bit by having events and competitions during the quiet times (weekday daytime). There's a huge selection (500+) of games on the shelves at the back, with multiple copies of the most popular games, like _Settlers of Catan_ and there's a great selection of beers, wines etc, plus snacks & food to keep the little grey brain cells going.
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Good pub. Busy with walkers & birders, so a little slow to get served on a Saturday, but a good range of beers - spoilt for choice, actually - and terrific food.
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I'm not easily impressed by cathedrals - every city has one - but this cathedral, the fifth largest in the world, is pretty spectacular. If you get a chance, climb or take the rather cramped lift to the roof, were you can wander among the countless spires, arches and statues, (I'm told there are 200 spires & 3,400 statues) where stone masons work continuously to repair & replace the intricate facade that took six centuries to complete in the first place.
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Nice pub, and busy in the early evening. Good helpful staff, and as another reviewer said, a good pint of Spitfire :)
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