A night on the river in Makasutu Forest

A night on the river in Makasutu Forest

As I lie in bed I can feel a gentle movement in the decking beneath me or is it my imagination. I listen to the creaks and groans of the wood… splashes of water… silence… another splash. Getting out of bed I draw back the muslin curtains and catch my...
The exquisite Ravenna mosaics

The exquisite Ravenna mosaics

Photographs and map (including GPS guided walking tour) of the Ravenna mosaics by travel photographer, Kathryn Burrington

The deliciously stinky cheeses of Rimini

The deliciously stinky cheeses of Rimini

Rimini, on the coast of Emilia Romagna in Italy, is best known for its beaches and nightlife but it is all too often overlooked that the region is an area of great natural beauty with a rich rural heritage and a cuisine to rival that of its better known gourmet...
Roubaix and the art of reinvention

Roubaix and the art of reinvention

If ever a town has mastered the art of reinvention it has to Roubaix on the outskirts of Lille in northern France. Where else can you dine at a garage or foundry, admire magnificent sculptures and paintings in an art deco swimming pool and sleep in a bubble or an...
Monkeys at play in a Gambian garden

Monkeys at play in a Gambian garden

During my last visit to The Gambia I stayed in the area known as the Senegambia strip. It’s the largest and liveliest resort in The Gambia, although in late June and early July when I was there, it was pretty quiet. Despite the humidity it is a lovely time of...
Travel bloggers in The Gambia

Travel bloggers in The Gambia

In less than two weeks I’ll be returning to The Gambia in West Africa. I’m very excited about this particular visit as this time, I’m taking 6 fantastic travel bloggers with me for the very first bloggers press trip to this wonderful country. As well...
London Days Out: Brick Lane

London Days Out: Brick Lane

Brick Lane, in a part of East London once known for its slums and Jack the Ripper, has long since been famous for its Indian restaurants, markets and the biggest Bangladeshi community in London. Brick Lane Market The best time to visit Brick Lane is without doubt on a...
Exploring Corsica by car or even by bicycle!

Exploring Corsica by car or even by bicycle!

At the end of June the Tour de France is coming to the beautiful Mediterranean island of Corsica for the first time. The dramatic mountain scenery, with many a hairpin bend and breathtaking views down to the sea, will make the most magnificent setting for what will be...
London at Christmas

London at Christmas

London at Christmas really is a wonderful place to be. The Christmas lights in town look stunning and shops such as Harrods and Selfridges are famous for their seasonal window displays. Everywhere is hectic but there’s a feeling of celebration in the air. One of...
Winchester Christmas Market

Winchester Christmas Market

Winchester Christmas Market, which has been running since 2006, has established itself as one of the best in Europe. Inspired by traditional German markets, all the stalls are in delightful wooden chalets in the grounds of the city’s majestic Cathedral. If you live or...
The mystery of Stonehenge

The mystery of Stonehenge

UPDATE 2020: Stonehenge, is probably the best known prehistoric site in Europe. It’s an astounding testament to knowledge, skill and determination of the peoples of the Neolithic and Bronze Ages of England. While it maybe currently closed to visitors, ...
On a mission to discover Rome’s food and wine!

On a mission to discover Rome’s food and wine!

Less than two week’s ago I received the nod from Expedia that I would be going to Rome as one of their guinea pigs for a new blogging initiative. Three bloggers would be looking at Rome from three different angles – Rachel, art and culture, Laura, shopping...
Shanghai Part 3: The Journey Home to Jessfield

Shanghai Part 3: The Journey Home to Jessfield

My grandparents moved to Shanghai in the twenties and my father was born in 1929.  Growing-up in Shanghai  My father has many fond memories of growing up in Shanghai in the thirties… swimming at the Country Club, playing in Jessfield Park, drives into the...
Shanghai Part 2: An exciting new life!

Shanghai Part 2: An exciting new life!

My grandparents married in Hong Kong in 1927 (which was a British colony until 1997) and then continued the journey together to Shanghai. In some ways it was very much like a European city with many buildings such as the houses, schools and churches, all built in...
The Perfect Croissant

The Perfect Croissant

Each morning the croissant delights the taste buds of locals and visitors alike throughout the length and breadth of France and although its origins may well be in Austria it is without doubt quintessentially French. Lovingly prepared by hand, with the dough made at...