Paris is a place of many clichés – the Eiffel tower looking romantic, chic woman drinking coffee in street cafes and of course Place de Clichy, to name just a few. So many of Paris’ clichés may be stereotypical but they are also brilliantly enjoyable. Perhaps I am mellowing in my older age but I … More 7 clichés I love to do in Paris – with pictures as proof!
I’d love to tell you that I am cool and hip and that I just stumbled across this gem of a Parisian café but rather annoyingly I read about Odette’s in a guide book. I was in desperate need of a nice cup of tea and a sit down (I told you I wasn’t cool) … More A Café tour of Paris – Odette (Please note there is a Great British Bake Off level of puns in this review)
I am sat at the end of an empty bench and am so engrossed in my book that it takes me a while to realise that a very smartly dressed gentleman has sat down towards the other end. He is also reading, although something a bit more highbrow than my John le Carré, it looks … More Consequences of spending too much time alone when travelling solo – a true* story
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!
Two years ago this week I left a good, if rather dull career in finance to start a new life in the South of France. I was a bit younger than Peter Mayle so I didn’t see myself with John Thaw and a pig searching for truffles. Also, I am much more of a cynical … More I want to be wild, beautiful and free, just like the sea
I blogged for six months, I took a break for six months, I’m starting over. I’m quite a private person so I do find it difficult to share details about myself but I want to square up to this challenge so am giving it another go. In the last six months I have had been … More Starting over – time to reboot the blog
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
Over my travels I have been lucky to see some amazing nature which, rather surprisingly, has awakened an old interest in collective nouns. Recently I have been able to add: A charm of hummingbirds A flamboyance of flamingoes An ostentation of peacocks A kaleidoscope of butterflies A fluther of jellyfish A swarm of incessant insects … More Collecting animals and collective nouns
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
And being ill when travelling solo really sucks. Obviously it isn’t the best at any time but when travelling (particularly solo) it can become a bit of an issue. Most recently it was just a really bad cold, no hospital or doctors involved, just trying to converse with the pharmacist in an unknown language. It … More Being ill when travelling sucks