So many amazing bridges – I can’t get over it!

I love a bridge. I have no engineering knowledge just a fleeting interest in how something is made but bridges please me so very much.  Sometimes with iconic bridges, if you don’t manage your expectations then they can disappoint.  The Ponte di Rialto in Venice was a good example of this.  Incidentally, it was designed … More So many amazing bridges – I can’t get over it!

Touring the world’s Venices – I need help with my accidental mission

Venice has more captivating beauty, history and tranquil waterways than you can shake a gondola’s rowing oar at so you would think that my visit last year would be enough, but I keep stumbling across the other Venices in this splendid world of ours and I now find myself on an the hunt for more. The … More Touring the world’s Venices – I need help with my accidental mission

A cautionary tale – what to think about when deciding where to travel to next

A week in Troia wasn’t a completely wrong decision but it certainly wasn’t completely right.  It is on a peninsula about an hour South of Lisbon and it sounded amazing – 18km of sandy beaches, its own resident family of dolphins, a microclimate (so great Autumn weather guaranteed), Roman ruins, a pine forest and nearby … More A cautionary tale – what to think about when deciding where to travel to next

An utterly bonkers garden – my favourite place in Sintra

I like nature, although usually the wilder and unkempt variety, but the garden of Quinta da Regaleira was breathtaking, bewitching and bizarre.  At one point sign posts give you the opportunity to visit a Labyrinthic grotto, an Ibis fountain, the Threshold of the Gods or the Pisoes Gateway.  It is not every day you get these … More An utterly bonkers garden – my favourite place in Sintra

Sintra is stunning and charming but your leg muscles may find it alarming

Everyone said you must go to Sintra – so I did and everyone was right. It is only a 40 minute train journey from Lisbon, has over ten national monuments, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is truly stunning.  With so much to see I opted to stay for a couple of nights, too … More Sintra is stunning and charming but your leg muscles may find it alarming