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

Niche Museums – I’ve started a favourites list

  I love a museum and am particularly partial to ones dedicated to a specialist interest, so I was suitably intrigued and enthusiastic when I heard about the National Coach Museum in Lisbon.  A museum dedicated solely to state and promenade vehicles from the 16th to the 19th centuries – now, you’re just spoiling me!  I … More Niche Museums – I’ve started a favourites list

“You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you” – Mr Darcy

I’ve been traipsing the local dales in the Peak District like a Jane Austen heroine but have yet to bump into any dark handsome gentlemen on any of my walks.  This is where Mr Darcy lived in Pride and Prejudice, hence the title quote and my desire for a romantic “meet cute”, which alas has so … More “You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you” – Mr Darcy