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The Weekend Tourist is a blog written by Jess Friend Bartlett. Sometimes we only do touristy things on holiday - 25 days annual leave a year. That’s a shame, as we’ve 104 weekend days for exploring. This blog is all about discovering your local neighbourhood, attractions, historic places, local eateries and independents, which for me is in Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and the wider Cotswolds, UK. And when annual leave adds up, you'll find the occasional far flung adventure.

Experiencing the Boi Bumba in Parintins, Brazil

Experiencing the Boi Bumba in Parintins, Brazil

Parintins in Brazil hosts Brazil’s next largest festival after Rio’s carnival, known as the Boi Bumba, which we experience as part of a Viking Cruise.

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Experiencing the Boi Bumba in Parintins, Brazil

Parintins in Brazil hosts Brazil’s next largest festival after Rio’s carnival, known as the Boi Bumba, which we experience as part of a Viking Cruise.

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Japanese afternoon tea at Zoo Sushi, Stratford upon Avon

Japanese afternoon tea at Zoo Sushi, Stratford upon Avon

Sometimes you get a tempting Groupon deal and a Japanese afternoon tea at Zoo Sushi in Stratford upon Avon for £10 ahead was extremely enticing. Here’s our review!

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Japanese afternoon tea at Zoo Sushi, Stratford upon Avon

Sometimes you get a tempting Groupon deal and a Japanese afternoon tea at Zoo Sushi in Stratford upon Avon for £10 ahead was extremely enticing. Here’s our review!

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Winter stay at The Plough Inn, Cold Aston

Winter stay at The Plough Inn, Cold Aston

Back in November, we were gifted a stay at The Plough Inn in Cold Aston, which is just between Cheltenham and Bourton-on-the-water, as the team launched their new winter menu. The Plough is a proper country pub, 17th century in fact, with Cotswold flagstones, original beams and a roaring fire.

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Winter stay at The Plough Inn, Cold Aston

Back in November, we were gifted a stay at The Plough Inn in Cold Aston, which is just between Cheltenham and Bourton-on-the-water, as the team launched their new winter menu. The Plough is a proper country pub, 17th century in fact, with Cotswold flagstones, original beams and a roaring fire.

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Motown The Musical until Jan 4th in Oxford

Motown The Musical until Jan 4th in Oxford

There’s still time to just catch the New Theatre’s Christmas Box Office musical – Motown the Musical which runs until Saturday 4th January 2020. We were gifted two tickets for the opening night gala which was the perfect way to kick off the party season.

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Motown The Musical until Jan 4th in Oxford

There’s still time to just catch the New Theatre’s Christmas Box Office musical – Motown the Musical which runs until Saturday 4th January 2020. We were gifted two tickets for the opening night gala which was the perfect way to kick off the party season.

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Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market

Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market

Here’s our two-day itinerary for Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market. Where we stayed, the best time to visit, where to park and importantly, where to get the best churros!

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Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market

Here’s our two-day itinerary for Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market. Where we stayed, the best time to visit, where to park and importantly, where to get the best churros!

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Tapajós National Forest – 120 minutes in the Amazon Rainforest

Tapajós National Forest – 120 minutes in the Amazon Rainforest

As part of our journey on board the Viking Sea cruise, one of our favourite highlights was the 2 hours we spent in the actual Amazon rainforest – Tapajos National Forest.

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Tapajós National Forest – 120 minutes in the Amazon Rainforest

As part of our journey on board the Viking Sea cruise, one of our favourite highlights was the 2 hours we spent in the actual Amazon rainforest – Tapajos National Forest.

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