The Cotswolds in Black and White

The Cotswolds in Black and White

When I recently visited the Cotswolds, a particularly lovely region of England famous for its honey-hued limestone cottages and the most charming of villages, I was very disappointed that the weather forecast predicted rain. A clear blue sky and sunlight really...
A bird’s eye view of London from St Paul’s

A bird’s eye view of London from St Paul’s

528 steps to climb, 280 feet off the ground, or in metric, 85.4 metres up, a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral in London would not be complete without seeing the view from the Golden Gallery.     My day started with a City Wonders tour around...
Images of Oia, iconic Santorini

Images of Oia, iconic Santorini

Oia! No, not a shout for attention but a stunningly beautiful, white-washed village in Santorini (pronounced something like ‘here’ but without the h). It’s a place that you will have seen photographed a thousand times and it is the reason I have...
Beheadings, ravens and whopping great diamonds!

Beheadings, ravens and whopping great diamonds!

As I walk through the one foot deep, steel doors, that would have looked more at home protecting a high-tech bank vault in the latest blockbuster, I catch my breath and gaze at the bejewelled sword and scabbard suspended in the air before...
Step back in time in La Laguna, Tenerife

Step back in time in La Laguna, Tenerife

Standing in a beautiful courtyard on the still wet cobbles as they glisten in the sunshine, I may be soaked to the skin but I’m smiling. I feel as if I’ve been transported to another time and another place. I’m in a bubble trapped in history, way...
Street Art in Athens

Street Art in Athens

Love it or hate it, you can’t ignore it, in Athens graffiti is everywhere from simple tags, saying ‘I was here’ to sophisticated, commissioned murals, that have clearly taken time, as well as real talent, to create. One sunny morning I joined a...
In pictures, a walking tour of Florence

In pictures, a walking tour of Florence

As well as lots of delicious cooking, and of course eating, during my recent trip to Tuscany, my host Flavours Holidays included not only a wine tasting trip but also a day out in Florence. After all, it would be a crime to visit this part of Tuscany and not...
Exploring Cagliari, Sardinia’s ancient capital

Exploring Cagliari, Sardinia’s ancient capital

Cagliari (or Casteddu in Sardu meaning castle) on the south coast of Sardinia, is the island’s capital and was once the capital of the Kingdom of Sardinia. It is an ancient city, known to have been inhabited as long ago as the Neolithic period,...
From tree-top towers to African street art

From tree-top towers to African street art

Having woken up to the dawn chorus of Makasutu Forest and then spent the morning taking a ridiculous number of photos of a troupe of baboons – just a few of which I shared in a previous post, The Baboons of Makasutu Forest – we stopped by what is known as...
The magic of Brussels at Christmas, Part 1

The magic of Brussels at Christmas, Part 1

Decadent Wittamer hot chocolate and the beauty of Brussels’ Grand Place… I’ve recently returned from a wonderful weekend exploring Brussels in all her Christmas finery. For many years now I’ve been longing to visit Belgium but I had never...

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