31 January 2016

the best of sketches in travel january

There is a glimmer of hope as February approaches. The nights are starting to draw out; slowly but noticeable. Spring is just around the corner and will be here before you know it. Before all that, January saw Sketches have its usual eclectic mix of travel related posts, music and just a sprinkling of silliness. So as is the norm and in no particular order we give you our January best.

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The Shinkansen - part of the Shopper Lottie Article
European Life Magazine - This months feature looked at a product I originally featured on the blog, Swig Luxury Flasks. The perfect accessory for the luxury adventurer among you. Find out more here, Swig luxury flasks

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Swig Luxury Flasks
Shopper Lottie Magazine - Japan features very prominently in my life, well I did live there, and for this magazine I've decided to do some articles on this wonderful country. Expect mentions of manga, trains and oh..vending machines! Click on the link here for more 5 Reasons to add Japan to your bucket list 

Said the Maiden - In December we featured the folk band Said the Maiden and to round off our collaboration we looked at their recent EP release 'Of maids and mariners'. Well worth checking out Of Maids and Mariners

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Said the Maiden publicity shot from Of Maids and Mariners
Sketches and stories - In a new monthly feature we're going to do a travel related doodle and explain the story behind it. First up was a recent trip to a small independent record store. With small music venues on the decline it was a fabulous place to watch the folk group mentioned above perform live. Small venues and independent record stores must remain and we need to support them when we can. Check it out here Travel doodles

I also threw out there one of my Spike Milligan inspired short stories. Most definitely not to his high standards but I hope it will make you laugh or perhaps cry in pain! Check that one out here Short Stories


So there we go another packed month full of fun, tips and reasons to get exploring. Next month should be another interesting one as we feature a new folk artist, continuing with our doodles and delve into the world of catering. 

As always thank you for your support, and if you are new to the blog then I would be delighted if you joined us (click on any of the social media links) on this ever expanding journey. 

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