7 clichés I love to do in Paris – with pictures as proof!

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!

A Café tour of Paris – Odette (Please note there is a Great British Bake Off level of puns in this review)

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)

Consequences of spending too much time alone when travelling solo – a true* story

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

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