My 5: The Waterloo Monument, The Scottish Borders.

The Waterloo Monument Peniel Heugh The Scottish Borders

1. January 2016. There are some hidden gems scattered around The Scottish Borders for anyone willing to do a bit of research. I’d lost count of the number of times my dad and I had driven past The towering Waterloo Monument, visible for miles thanks to its lofty location perched on the summit of Peniel […]

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My 5: Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial & Museum – Oswiecim, Poland.

Auschwitz entrance gates Arbeit Macht Free Work sets you free

1. April 2003. Many moons ago a bunch of friends and I jumped on a train in Bratislava. Our journey took us east through the centre of Slovakia and then up north through The Tatra Mountains and into Poland. Our destination was the city of Krakow, where we’d planned three nights of sightseeing and partying, […]

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My 5: Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand.

Kanchanaburi War Cemetery Thailand

1. April 2015. A visit to the town of Kanchanaburi is like stepping into a giant, breathing memorial to one of Thailand’s darkest historical chapters. For it was here that so many prisoners of war toiled away on the infamous Thai-Burma Railway, also known as The Death Railway, back in the early 1940s. Over one […]

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Happy 4th Birthday Leighton Literature!

Happy Birthday Leighton Literature travel blogger travel reports travel stories album reviews

It’s Leighton Literature’s 4th Birthday! It’s been four years since I launched Leighton Literature and this last twelve months have definitely been my most transformative as a travel blogger. It was sometime in the summer that I felt like LL had arrived at a sink or swim moment. After so much hard work and only […]

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My 5: Xiaoling Tomb of the Ming Dynasty – Nanjing, China.

Xiaoling Tomb of The Ming Dynasty Zhongshan National Park Nanjing China

1. October 2018. A number of Nanjing’s most historical sites can be found within the mountainous grounds of Zhongshan National Park. Having already conquered the three hundred and ninety two step glory of Sun Yat-Sen Mausoleum, Jaylin and I set off on a half an hour walk through the park forest to check out another […]

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My 5: How To Ride The Beijing Subway.

How to ride the Beijing Subway

Reading from China? This My 5 contains a YouTube video, which can only be viewed with a VPN! 1. September 2018. Whatever it is you’ve come to China’s capital for, chances are you’re gonna get acquainted with the good old Beijing Subway! It’s unavoidable really, as the bus system is complicated, slow and predominantly Mandarin-driven, […]

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Guest Post: How To Do Northern Vietnam in Two Weeks by Outlanderly.com

Northern Vietnam in 2 weeks by Outlanderly.com Recommended by leightonliterature.com

It’s been a hectic week here at Leighton Literature, with daily travel reports from China to publish, the seemingly infinite reformatting of old articles and last minute preparations for my upcoming trip to Nanjing. I’m also excited to have partnered up with the brilliant travel blogger Jo and her site outlanderly.com for LL’s first guest post! […]

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