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Have you put Norwich on your wishlist yet?

Asks Preeti Shenoy, one of India’s best-selling authors; and then tells you why you should:

If you’re going to London this year, here’s a thrilling secret. Take a bus to Norwich, and go experience the Norfolk broads. “Miles and miles of gentle waterways glistening in the sunlight with peaceful Norfolk countryside as far as the eye can see,” is how the locals would describe it. What they do not tell you, is how truly uplifting for the soul it is.

Norwich Quay Side Image: www.scenicnorfolk.co.uk
Norwich Quay Side Image: http://www.scenicnorfolk.co.uk

The Norfolk Broads are UK’s largest nationally protected wetland. They are 125 miles of gentle, navigable and picturesque waterways with plenty of place to moor, jump off the boat and explore charming little villages or market towns or just while away an afternoon at a pub, with a bottle of wine some soulful music and good company.

You can either take a group tour or hire your own boat. Better still, book a Picnic Boat that comes equipped with a toilet and a stove where you can make coffee, tea or anything hot.

Boats for Hire Image: www.tournorfolk.co.uk
Boats for Hire Image: http://www.tournorfolk.co.uk

Love it enough to linger? Take an excursion boat with bedrooms, and go off for 3-4 days. We hired a picnic boat, which put us in total charge. We took turns driving it. It was truly a marvellous experience to “park” the boat and explore the land and then come back and sail away.

Tip: it is best to let the fittest members in your group to moor the boat.

Put the Norfolk broads trip on your  “List of places to visit before I die.” You are sure to cherish it.

Read more about Norfolk:

http://www.visitnorfolktoday.com/

http://www.norfolkblogger.co.uk/

http://earwigoagin.blogspot.in/2010/12/travelogue-norfolk-broads-cruising.html

Preethi ShenoyPreeti Shenoy

Q: Indoor London : How can I get the best of London during winters?

It’s almost peak winter in the world’s most exciting city right now. While the mercury plummets, send your spirits soaring with our snug-as-a-bug-in-a-rug ideas on how to get the best of London.

COSY UP IN A COTTAGE: If you’re looking for affordable homestays in central London, check out athomeinlondon.com. We stayed in two of these homes, and the experience gave us the chance to
meet some interesting London locals.

apartment

GET INSIDE A CASINO: The lights are dim but your chill-hit spirits are sure to brighten up, what with the alluring machines, seductive table games, and the heat of emotions triggered by all those wins and
losses…

casino

EXPLORE AN OPEN COVERED MARKET: Covent Garden is among the best in the world. Very charming, with tonnes of interesting stuff to keep you occupied for hours. Bargain for all you’re worth, do. And it’s all covered, so you’re shielded from the elements while you shop, without the deja vu feel of being in run of- the-mill Mall!

market

CATCH A THEATRE PERFORMANCE: If not here, then where, no? London is one city where you’ll always have ample opportunity to escape the biting cold with a heartwarming theatre show. We watched–and would highly recommend–The 39 Steps.

theatre

RELAX INSIDE A SPA: In the heart of London, very close to Covent Garden, there’s actually a spa called RELAX, and it offers you a buffet of healing, rejuvenating massages that will make you forget the cruel winter outside…

spa

Discover more London secrets:

London taxi black cab faresQ: What should I know before hiring a London Taxi Black Cab?

Seafresh LondonQ: I am going to London. Where can I have the best fish and chips?

Q: What should I know before hiring a London Taxi Black Cab?

London taxi black cab fares

  • There is a £2.20 minimum taxi black cab fare at all times
  • The fare shown on the meter at the end of the journey is the maximum cash fare that may be charged.
  • The passenger will be expected to pay the full fare amount displayed on the meter at the end of the journey unless the driver and passenger agree on the final fare to be charged before the start of the journey.
  • The taxi meter automatically adds a charge based on time for any part of the journey when the speed drops below 10.4 mph.
  • Fares within Greater London depend on the time of day, distance travelled and taxi speed, and are displayed on the meter.
  • The driver is not obliged to accept a hiring if the destination is outside Greater London, the fare for such a journey may be negotiated between the driver and hirer.

Q: I am going to London. Where can I have the best fish and chips?

Olesya Nova, London local and TS correspondent says: When most people think of UK food, one of the first things that comes to mind is fish and chips. It’s been popular for around 150 years with the first fish and chip shop in London opening in 1860!  I really don’t know anyone who doesn’t like this traditional supper treat, and each area in London will have its own popular local place.

Seafresh London

A family favourite of ours, just south of central London in Victoria is: Seafresh on Wilton Road. My mum was the one to discover it originally and now all of us frequently visit the place. It’s always busy and the portions are huge. There’s both a sit down restaurant and also a take-away, if you don’t want to eat in.

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