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#take12trips challenge five: Running in Rome’s Borghese Gardens

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Things have been slightly quieter here the past week, and I apologise for not giving you your regular updates – but I do have an excuse that you might like! I spent last week on a slightly impromptu trip to Rome for my work, the British School at Rome. While I spent much of the week in front of the computer, I managed to sneak out in the evenings for wanders around the city and early morning runs in the Borghese Gardens. It was the first time I had ever visited the gardens, and around every bush and turn, there seemed to be some folly or statue peeking back at me.

Like everything else in Rome, the Borghese Gardens were grand, colourful and filled with history – it’s no wonder my runs were so short, I kept stopping to take photos of everything! In fact, I enjoyed the Borghese Gardens so much I decided to bring my morning run to you. Continue reading

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If You Do One Thing in London This Month…visit Kew Gardens.

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For Londoners, Kew Gardens is what Stonehenge is to the rest of England – an iconic site representative of the area that all residents should visit at some point, but just the right distance away that it is practically the definition of the phrase ‘out of sight, out of mind’. Every Summer Solstice (or in Kew’s case, Christmas) everyone is reminded of their self-made promise to visit sometime along with some minor investigations of prices and travel, before it is pushed right back to its old place on the ‘Things to Do When I have Spare Time’ list, between cleaning out your wardrobe and updating your driver’s license address.

This is all a great shame, as Kew Gardens is a treasure trove of follies, interactive learning and exciting diversions that caters to even the most biophobic of visitors, and the arrival of spring in March can only improve things.

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