Aldeburgh, Suffolk: In the Footsteps of Benjamin Britten

I had no idea of the strong connection between Aldeburgh and Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) when I decided to come here. I soon discovered it though, for it would be almost impossible to read about Aldeburgh or indeed come here and not see and hear references to the great composer everywhere. Britten was born in Lowestoft […]

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Aldeburgh, Suffolk: Arrival at The Cross Keys

Booking a short holiday in Aldeburgh was based on wanting to explore Suffolk, which I don’t know, and staying right by the sea. I love being by the sea. By the time I’d looked at what was on offer via Booking.com from Southwold southwards, I found The Cross Keys and decided that looked like a […]

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4 Nights in Worthing: Eat, Drink, Do

Why go and what to do In all honesty, I went to Worthing in West Sussex simply because it’s a short drive – almost directly south – from my home in SW London (about 1½ hours). I wanted a seaside break to look forward to in the spring but didn’t want to travel far. You can also […]

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Worthing: Last Day

I’ve been incredibly lucky with the weather here in Worthing. And as if to prove that I chose exactly the right days to come down, the forecast for tomorrow changes dramatically showing rain all day and strong winds. I’d thought I might hang around for the morning, have an early lunch and then head home, […]

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Worthing: Cafes & Food Shacks

I’ve always been a cafe person. In many ways cafes are my favourite drinking and eating places – think especially the wonderful cafes of Vienna, Paris and Turin, steeped in cultural and political history. But even at home, I’m a regular seeker of a morning coffee and croissant in a favourite cafe. So, it was […]

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Worthing: Dinner at Pitch Restaurant

After booking my trip to Worthing, I remembered it’s where my good friend Tina’s son lives. When I talked to her about it, she said she’d come down while I was there and we could spend some time together. It was fantastic to look forward to her company and she also recommended some restaurants, including […]

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Worthing: Arrival and Dinner at Enzo’s Italian Restaurant

It wasn’t quite a pin in a map, but it could have been anywhere on the West Sussex coast when I searched on Booking.com for a seaside break in the spring. It was last September and travel was still uncertain, but I wanted a little trip to look forward to so somewhere in the UK […]

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Cornwall 2021: Supper at Alvorada, Mevagissey

Last year, Covid scuppered my plans to visit Lisbon for the first time; this year it led me to Cornwall instead of my usual September haunts of France or Spain and I was delighted to enjoy a fabulous Portuguese meal that I would otherwise have missed! Cornwall has become a foodie hotspot in recent years […]

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Cornwall 2021: The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Of the many wonderful things one might do when spending a few days in Cornwall, visiting the Lost Gardens of Heligan has to be put at the top of your list. Just the name conjures up something magical. The gardens are only a 4-minute drive from my hotel so getting there couldn’t be easier. But […]

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Cornwall 2021: Supper at Edie’s Kitchen, Carylon Bay, St Austell

When my daughter knew I’d booked a trip to Cornwall in September and that she’d be in nearby Padstow, she offered to take me out for a meal. Cornwall has become a foodie’s heaven, not just from the ubiquitous Rick Stein who pops up everywhere, but many other famous and not so famous chefs have […]

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