The food scene in Aruba caught me a little by surprise. It wasn't simply good, it was superb, with a wide range of cultural influences. I was lucky enough to be there in October when the island celebrates 'Eat Local Aruba Restaurant Month' and many places had...read more
With vibrant cities ranked amongst the best places to live in the world, jaw dropping scenery rich in wildlife, and a reputation for the most welcoming and friendly people found anywhere in the world, here’s my top 10 reasons for visiting British Columbia.read more
Throughout the previous week, as we had explored the Sunshine Coast of Canada, Sara and I had often gazed across the water to Vancouver Island and her still snow-capped mountains. Today we were about to set out on the longest drive of our road trip, and it would take us right through the centre of the island and those beautiful mountains.read more
Beautiful green parks, wonderful wildlife on your doorstep, a fabulous food and drink scene, colourful markets - there are so many reasons to visit Vancouver. Having made a fleeting stop there last year, I had many reasons to return. Two things that I had not had a...read more
From the magnificent Titanic Experience to fabulous traditional live music and some seriously good food, beer, whiskey and of course Guinness, there are plenty of reasons to visit Belfast. And with 2016 being Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink there has never been a better time to go.read more
Christmas markets a plenty, department stores dripping in festive bling and avenues of trees sparkling with fairy lights – these images and more swam in my head as I boarded the Eurostar train at St Pancras Station in London. A little more than two hours later I was in Paris. Why? To photograph the City of Lights at Christmas.read more
For many years I had dreamed of going to Santorini. from what I hd seen it seemed like the most photogenic island in the world. I too wanted to capture iconic 'picture postcard' images of Santorini, the kind that would look at home in a travel magazine or the glossy...read more
Sitting on a log in the dappled sunshine I catch a glimpse of rust dashing passed out the corner of my eye. The next moment he’s right there beside me, just a foot or so away. It’s such a joy to finally see one of the many red squirrels that Brownsea Island is famous for.read more
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 time. We arrived...read more
My first view of the Great Bear Rainforest, the last great expanse of temperate rainforest in the world, was through the window of a float plane. The excitement, mingled with a touch of nervousness about the flight, was palpable. Would we see any bears? Would we see any cubs? Would we be able to capture the photos we longed for?
Having spent a day with wildlife photographer, David Plummer, I picked up some great tips ready for my trip to Canada. And I’d like to share them with you.
Vancouver on the west coast of Canada is said to be one of the best places in the world to live. It has a stunning backdrop of the snow-capped Olympus Mountains and the impressive 400 hectare Stanley Park as well as the Salish Sea, a popular whale-watching location, all on its doorstep. Like Victoria, Vancouver is certainly another wonderful city on the edge of nature.read more
Giant waffles, served with bacon, berries and lashings of maple syrup. Just the thought of it now has me nearly dribbling over my laptop (sorry). Sadly I had food envy as my eggs faded in comparison to the delight on a plate that my fellow blogger was devouring. A week of eating like this though would really flummox my fight against the pounds. The food in Canada, however, was so very good throughout that the battle was lost before it had begun. And I indulged… a lot.read more
With around 200 nationalities living in Dubai it’s no surprise that the choice of things to eat here is diverse.
This exciting city, as I found out earlier in the year at the Emirate’s annual food festival, is fast becoming a popular gastronomic destination. There’s a plethora of first-rate restaurants, serving a huge range of cuisines and catering for every budget too; not every meal will leave you in your credit card’s bad books (although some most definitely will).
Having met with a number of chefs, talked to locals and visited a wide range of venues, here’s my guide to all my edible favourites in this exciting city.read more
Earlier today I received a tweet from my friend Sallie, from the award-winning volunteer organisation people and places, asking for my help. She had been in contact with the children's charity, Next Generation Nepal (NGN). Following the recent devastating earthquake...read more
This week’s FriFotos theme is ‘cold’. I don’t get to join in this weekly Twitter chat as often as I’d like to but I couldn’t resist taking a break today and going through my snowy photos to share with you. For anyone not familiar with FriFotos or indeed, Twitter Chats, there’s an explanation at the end of this post.read more
From the pastries in every pastelaria window to the roasted chestnuts being sold on every other street corner, I discovered a plethora of tasty treats to tempt me in my few short days in Lisbon. Here are my favourite finds, some hidden away in unexpected places, some a little more obvious. To help you find them they are all marked on this map, starting in the north of the Alfama district and the Doce Mila Pastelaria.read more
With Christmas come and gone and the new year under way, now is the time that many people start thinking about their holidays and travel plans for the coming year, even writing a wish list of things they'd like to do and places they'd love to visit. Perhaps you have...read more
With more Indian Restaurants in London than in the whole of Mumbai and Delhi combined, it's no surprise that you can find some damn fine curries in the capital of what is, after all, a nation of curry lovers. As I stroll up Brick Lane, a street well-known for being...read more
From artisan gelato to fresh homemade pasta, Italian cuisine is renowned the world over, but beyond the pizza, pasta, and ice cream, there's a never-ending gastronomic journey to discover including superb cheeses, succulent roasts and legendary desserts....read more
Having recently visited the world-renowned department store, Fortnum and Mason, in London's Piccadilly, let me take you back in time... The shop's story began way back in 1707, when royal footman, William Fortnum, opened a shop in St James Market with his landlord,...read more