Quiet Kew Gardens

I’ve been a Friend of Kew Gardens for about 30 years. I live only a couple of miles away so these famous – indeed, UNESCO World Heritage Site – Gardens are local to me and where I most often go for a walk. Usually, I can just turn up when the fancy takes me and […]

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Return to Kew Gardens

Everyone has missed something during Lockdown since late March, due to the Coronavirus pandemic. There have been many common experiences but each person has had their own unique experience too. There have been some really difficult things to negotiate a way through for many people but, though I long for a return to a greater […]

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Salles Hotel Malaga Centro

Some regular readers may have noticed that I don’t always write a post featuring the hotel where I’ve stayed on a trip. I’m really only interested in writing about ones that offer a little something extra and I would return to without hesitation and recommend to friends and blog followers. Others may be fine but […]

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Malaga 2020: Botanical Gardens, Catherdral & Tapas Lunch

I’m really enjoying being back in Malaga and today we have sun! It’s nice to revisit familiar places from last time but I always like to do some new things in a place I’ve been to before. And one of my top intentions was to visit the famous botanical gardens – Jardin Botanico La Concepcion […]

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A Year on the Blog: 2019

It’s been another great year on the blog. As it comes up to its 9th birthday this summer, I can only say it’s been a fun, positive activity that’s enhanced and even transformed my life. I love writing it; have had wonderful experiences that I would have otherwise missed; it’s encouraged me to be more […]

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GPSmyCity Christmas Giveaway!

‘Tis the season to be merry … and think about some great travel in the coming year. To inspire you and help you celebrate the festive season, with the brilliant app GPSmyCity I’m offering a free upgrade on three of my favourite – and I hope most useful – articles from this year. You can […]

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GPSmyCity Travel App – Seasonal Giveaway

It’s time for another seasonal giveaway with GPSmyCity. This brilliant travel app has just published 4 more of my travel articles, this time from my trip to Tuscany in the summer. I’m excited to now have 54 articles published on the app from trips to Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, France, Austria, Greece and also guides […]

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The Food of Nice and Where to Eat

One of the great pleasures of visiting Nice is sampling its wonderful cuisine. With a lifelong interest in food that goes beyond simply eating, from cooking in my family’s pub restaurant in my teens, editing cookery books in my 20s and now writing a food & travel blog, I have to confess that I have […]

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Nice 2019: Last Morning & Lunch at La Merenda

My flight home wasn’t until 19:50 so I had most of the day in Nice to continue holidaying. The damp weather of the previous day still hung lightly in the air and I put up my umbrella when leaving the hotel to go out for some breakfast. Breakfast wasn’t included in my deal and the […]

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Nice 2019: A Day of Rain & Dinner at La P’tite Cocotte

A day of rain had been forecast before I left home but you have to hope when you’re only somewhere for 4 nights – somewhere that’s supposed to be sunny in September – that the weather people have got it wrong. Sadly not. It was only a light rain when I emerged from the hotel […]

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