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Denise Beresford

Hi, I'm Denise. The travel bug first bit me when I was 18 years old and like many pre-university students decided to see something of the world before settling down to further study. I actually ended up spending 9 months in Naples and fell in love with Italy. I've since returned to that adorable country 7 times. Once I settled in to the world of work, travel naturally became limited by time but I was lucky enough to travel on 3 main holidays a year and take loads of short weekend breaks.

I live in the UK which is a fabulous country and I hope to introduce you to some of the terrific places outside of London (which is amazing but there is so much more to the British Isles than the capital). I have travelled extensively throughout Europe, spent some time in India, visited family in New Zealand, visited friends in North America and had a most amazing holiday in Sri Lanka.

My next focus is Africa. I can't wait to experience the 'dark' continent and look forward to sharing my experiences with you.

I used to be an accountant but these days I'm a writer. Travel writing is my passion and being able to share experiences with readers of The Circumference is a dream come true.You can contact me at


Be immersed into all the fun of the circus at Madame Zingara's in Cape Town

Created on July 07, 2012 by Denise Beresford, Writer

The enchanting and evocative Madame Zingara descended on Cape Town and swung open her doors to her bewitching and alluring bohemian restaurant paradise in 2001. The incredible ambience, delightful surroundings, sensual menu and incredible service, quickly made Madame Zingara a household name, and almost overnight, it became just about impossible to get a booking. Madame Zingara was not only a restaurant, it was an indulgent experience, and no matter how many times you went there, you never knew what it was that you were going to get – a fortune teller, a belly dancer with a python, a magician – no two nights were the same. With each of the staff members embracing their wildest inner gypsy, jungle woman or bohemian prince, you could be ...

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Experience One of the Wonders of the Animal World in the Masai Mara, Kenya

Created on July 04, 2012 by Denise Beresford, Writer

The first thing that people experience when they get off a plane in Kenya is the warmth. This warmth is on two fronts, the weather and the welcome given by the people. Indeed, it is the genuine welcome that people experience that keeps visitors coming back to Kenya for more. One of the best opportunities for those travelling to Kenya is to visit the Masai Mara to see the phenomenal Great Migration of the wildebeest. This takes place twice a year in July to October, and has been going on for as long as these majestic animals have existed. The wildebeest migration follow the rains from Tanzania right across the Grumeti River into Kenya, because this is where the grass is literally greener on the ...

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Experiencing the best of nature's beauty in Carnarvon Gorge

Created on June 18, 2012 by Denise Beresford, Writer

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Hunt Down Vintage Bargains in Brighton's The Lanes

Created on June 15, 2012 by Denise Beresford, Writer

Often described as “London by the sea”, Brighton is actually an eclectic mix of old-fashioned seaside resort, bohemian bolthole and sophistication. Endearingly quirky, it's a home away from home for everyone from grannies to drag queens, students to rock stars. At its heart is the historic quarter known as The Lanes, an intricate maze of narrow, winding alleyways housing everything from bespoke jewellers to biker-friendly pubs. What the Lanes and its neighbouring North Laine – across the more traditional North Road with its high-street shops and all-night newsagents – have in common is their refusal to bow to the conventional. Here, lovers of retro and vintage fashion, jewellery, furniture and art will find a veritable treasure trove of stores and stalls brimful of the coveted, ...

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Getting up to date with Yerevan, the world’s oldest continuously inhabited city

Created on March 06, 2012 by Denise Beresford, Writer

Yerevan is the capital and largest city of Armenia. It is the world’s oldest continuously-inhabited cities, dating back to the 8th century BC with the founding of the fortress of Erebuni in 782 BC by King Argishti. Yerevan expanded rapidly during the 20th Century with Armenia becoming one of the fifteen republics of the Soviet Union. In fifty years Yerevan transformed from a town of a few thousand inhabitants to become Armenia’s principal industrial, cultural and artistic centre. Yerevan is a very homogenous city with the vast majority of the Armenians being immigrants themselves from all over the world. The population grew post WWII as genocide survivors poured in. Today the population has exploded to over one million residents. With the growth of the country’s ...

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Feel the Heat at Guatemala’s Burning Devil Festival

Created on March 03, 2012 by Denise Beresford, Writer

If you’ve had a bad year and want to set things right, then Guatemala’s Burning Devil Festival (Quema del Diablo), may appeal to you. Held annually on December 7, in Antigua, and other regional centres, at exactly 6pm an effigy of the Devil is set alight to represent the purging of evil. Originating in colonial times Quema del Diablo is done in preparation for the Feast of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception, the patron saint of Guatemala. In those times, people who could afford it, adorned the fronts of their houses with lanterns, but eventually, the poor who could not afford lanterns began piling all the year’s rubbish in the front of their houses. Over time, it was formalized and individuals started burning garbage ...

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Relive past glories of ancient empires at Caesarea

Created on September 29, 2011 by Denise Beresford, Writer

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Hunt for Truffles in the Forests Around Buzet

Created on September 07, 2011 by Denise Beresford, Writer

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Dig into Coober Pedy, the Opal Capital of the World

Created on August 18, 2011 by Denise Beresford, Writer

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On the trail of the best cup of tea in London

Created on August 09, 2011 by Denise Beresford, Writer

London is one of the greatest cities on earth for visitors, but there are so many sights and attractions that sometimes the simple pleasures are just ignored, missed, or not even known about. The English are known for their love of a good cup of tea, so where better to drink it than in the nation’s capital? Finding the best afternoon tea in London can turn into an adventure in and of itself, if you let it. You should surely allow your search to spin you around the fingers of the city in a delectable scavenger hunt for the quintessential experience of afternoon tea. You’ll soon learn that there is not one way in which to enjoy high tea in London, but many. Tea at ...

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Appreciating the Artistry of Lacemaking in Bruges

Created on August 02, 2011 by Denise Beresford, Writer

Handmade lace was once integral to Bruges’ industry, particularly because it was a craft that many poorer families would pass down through the generations. Although Bruges lacemakers only usually made a pittance, it was enough to support their families in a time of great poverty. The history surrounding this craft, which dates back to the sixteenth century, is absolutely fascinating. Many people view Bruges as synonymous with lacemaking, but they know little about the industry and the lives of the Belgian workers. Taking the time to delve into the heart of this beautiful medieval city, and really experience the artistry of the Bruges lace industry, is definitely well worth the trip. Lacemaking in Bruges was predominantly for the upper classes as the fashionable nobility were ...

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Celebrating the Extremes at the Kiruna Snow Festival

Created on July 27, 2009 by Denise Beresford, Writer

There are very few things that still have the power to amaze after being exposed to the media of the world, seeing images of everything and forming expectations about it all. However, the impossible quaintness and peacefulness of the far northern climates somehow puts the freeze on any bias. I’m not talking about just anything. I’m talking about the Kiruna Snow Festival. The festival is a welcome celebration of the winter season. The annual festival gives us 5/6 days of events during the last week of January. Held in Sweden’s most northerly city, Kiruna, the festival has attracted tourists domestic and foreign alike since 1985. It was in that year that the festival was created to coincide with the firing off of the rocket satellite ...

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Climbing Through History: the Ancient Beauty of Mount Vesuvius

Created on July 25, 2009 by Denise Beresford, Writer

Mount Vesuvius is one of the most famous volcanoes in the world, and it is located in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Situated in Naples, Italy, Mount Vesuvius is well known for the volcanic eruption on August 24, 79 AD, which blanketed three towns in the vicinity, including Pompeii, with volcanic lava, resulting in thousands of lives lost. Although this was a tragic event in history, the eruption of Mount Vesuvius did cause an entire city to be preserved, capturing a moment in time that was only discovered many centuries later in 1748. Despite its destructive past, Mount Vesuvius is thought of fondly by the people of Naples, and when you visit, you will certainly see why. The eruption that caused ...

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See the Fur Seals Basking on the Rocks at Ohau Point Seal Colony, New Zealand

Created on July 10, 2009 by Denise Beresford, Writer

The fur seal population in New Zealand has increased over the last few decades after being nearly wiped out by pelt and meat hunters in the 1800s. Breeding colonies were placed under the protection of the New Zealand Department of Conservation, with the seal colony at Ohau Point being the most accessible to the public. Fur seals return to Ohau Point Seal Colony to give birth between November and December each year, so the best time to visit Ohau Point Seal Colony is after March when the pups are less dependent on their mothers, and they are also at an amusingly playful stage. From Kaikoura, the Ohau Point Seal Colony is about 30 km north on State Highway 1. Just past Half Moon Bay you’ll ...

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Take A Leisurely Boat Trip Along the Lovely Llangollen Canal

Created on January 11, 2009 by Denise Beresford, Writer

If you only take one canal boat holiday in your life, then make sure it is on the Llangollen Canal in Wales. The 41-mile stretch that runs from the Shropshire Union Canal through to Llangollen in Denbighshire, North Wales, is arguably the most beautiful journey of its kind. Perfect for both the experienced boater and the novice or occasional canal user, this route does not fail to impress and inspire. Give yourself at least three days to take in all that Llangollen Canal has to offer. Starting at Hurleston Junction, just north of Nantwich (which has great rail and road links if you’re not based in the area), your trip will start as it means to go on. Presented with meandering farmland, the rest of ...

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