A magical Christmas at Château Vaux-le-Vicomte

A magical Christmas at Château Vaux-le-Vicomte

As the door opened everyone gasped in unison. A bright blue life-size hot air balloon filled the adjacent room, rising up out of a glistening snow-covered forest. A big brown bear in the basket waved down at us. These enchanting festive displays made me feel like a...
Top 10 things to do in London at Christmas

Top 10 things to do in London at Christmas

Famous department stores decorated in festive bling, twinkling lights draped above the streets as bright red double-decker buses pass by and sparkling Christmas trees of every size are plentiful. Wine is mulling, chestnuts are roasting and a rosy-cheeked,...
Where to find the best Christmas lights in London

Where to find the best Christmas lights in London

Twinkling lights, festive window displays, ice-rinks and markets aplenty – London is a fabulous city to visit any time of year, but it really excels at Christmas. I’ve photographed and written about Christmas in London a number of times over the years...
Celebrating the grape harvest at Locorotondo, Puglia

Celebrating the grape harvest at Locorotondo, Puglia

Squelch, squelch, squelch. Squeals of joy. Stomp, stomp, stomp on the grapes. I can’t help laughing too as I watch the giggling children eagerly treading grapes in two huge barrels in a race to see which team can produce the most juice in the fastest...
Celebrating Christmas around the World

Celebrating Christmas around the World

My Christmas in England Every 25th December my family come together for the most important meal of the year, Christmas Day lunch. I cook a roast turkey with roast potatoes and parsnips, sausages wrapped in bacon and of course, sprouts, cranberry sauce, sage and...
An upcountry adventure with the Jola Tribe

An upcountry adventure with the Jola Tribe

A traditional Jola Festival is the subject of my 3rd podcast from The Gambia with the transcript and plenty of photographs here on my blog. “Unnerving but fascinating to watch, they used everything from cutlasses and razor blades to energetically strike their...
The magic of Brussels at Christmas, Part 2

The magic of Brussels at Christmas, Part 2

Christmas market stalls, spectacular ice-skating, scrummy chocolates and a delicious glass of Delirium or two! Having fallen in love with the beauty of Brussels’ Grand Place, I already felt our brief visit to Belgium’s capital was more than worth it. The...
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...
Salon du Chocolat visits London… oh my!

Salon du Chocolat visits London… oh my!

  When I was given a pair of tickets to visit Salon du Chocolat in London, how could I refuse? This world famous chocolate show visited London for the first time last weekend bringing together the best chocolate companies from the UK and around the...
On the trail of the mythical Kumpo of Kanuma

On the trail of the mythical Kumpo of Kanuma

When I heard (on Twitter) that a kumpo, a mystical character of the West African Jola tribe, had been spotted near the village of Kanuma, just a few hours drive from where we were staying in The Gambia, there was only one thing for it; I was determined to arrange...

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