When you talk about visiting the South of France most people will instantly think of the glamorous French Riviera, or the┬áProven├žal countryside filled with lavender fields or vineyards. Despite being described as the sunniest city in France by some of the people we met, the city of Toulon is unlikely to be anyone’s first guess of where you might be headed. A port city which was largely destroyed during the Second World War due to its large naval base, Toulon isn’t as pretty or as famous as the towns and cities further down the coast. However the sea is just as blue and the area is still interesting to explore – and with fewer tourists doing so!

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It’s less than a year since I wrote my post on starting a new chapter and now I’m starting another one, if not a new book! Things have been very busy and there are a lot of changes in store so I decided it was time for a bit of a life update…

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I’m sure that everyone can think of somewhere close to home that they haven’t really explored. Either somewhere you go with a specific purpose, such as to work, or somewhere you’ve been but never really tried to get under the skin of. It’s very easily done and might be because you don’t think that place is worth exploring, but it’s often nice to discover things that are right on your doorstep.

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Before I’d even started packing for my recent long weekend in Cambridge, I’d received a text from the friend I was going to stay with which contained very specific instructions. “Bring dance shoes, student card, and clothes you don’t mind getting slightly wet”. I was slightly intrigued as I knew some of the things I’d be doing, but not everything. One of the great things about visiting a friend in a certain location rather than just going to see the place is that you will usually get to see local’s spots, rather than just tourist locations. You are also part of their life for that weekend so end up doing things you might not usually do – which was certainly the case when I went to see Chloe.

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Anywhere you go, people will be keen to tell you about what makes that place unique. It might be what makes that location so much better than anywhere else, or it might just be something quirky which happens nowhere else. However, I heard the phrase “only in Cambridge” countless times over the course of the weekend I was visiting Cambridge, and from multiple different people. Cambridge clearly has a distinct set of characteristics (beyond being incredibly flat!), which are very obvious to those who live there.

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