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
I headed to Ericeira next, which when I mentioned to anyone that that was my plan I was always asked whether I surfed – to which the answer was no, followed by a silent ‘dude’ in my head (sorry for the surfing cliché in the very first sentence). Ericeira is a beautiful town, 50km north … More Are you ever too old to learn to surf?
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
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