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  • How to visit London after lockdown

    Tower Bridge, england, london, tourist attractions
  • Benedict Arnold - an American patriot?

    Benedict Arnold stained glass window at St Mary's Church, Battersea London
  • Nothing Stops the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

    Royal Academy, summer exhibition, banner, statue, Joshua Reynolds, London 2020
  • The secret world of the Chelsea Physic Garden

    Glasshouses at the Chelsea Physic Garden
  • The Pendle Witches Never Die

    Pendle Hill in Snow
  • World recipe souvenirs

    cooking in Morocco, tagines at a street market

The Pendle Witches Never Die

It’s that spooky time of year again. More than 400 years after the most famous witchcraft trial in British history, the story of the Pendle Witches lives on,  haunting some of the strangest walking country in England.

Benedict Arnold – An American patriot in London?

To most people, his name is synonymous with traitor yet Benedict Arnold is memorialised in a lovely London church. What’s going on?

Nothing stops the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition has endured 252 years, through two world wars and the flu epidemic of 1918. Why would a little thing like COVID19 cause it to be cancelled in 2020?

Souvenir recipes from world travellers’ kitchens

If you can’t hop on a plane and head for distant places right now, you can still bring the world home to your kitchen with these souvenir recipes collected by travel writers and bloggers.

The secret world of the Chelsea Physic Garden

Within five minutes of entering the Chelsea Physic Garden, I was amazed by the history and miraculous, secret powers of plants. An hour later, after a free guided tour, my head was exploding.

How to visit London after lockdown

You’ve managed to get to London despite quarantines, social distancing, mask wearing and, frankly, nerves. Now what? Is London actually open for visitors? And what can you do once you get there?

Destinations

#Mt-Snowdon, #Wales. #UK, #UnitedKingdom #Snowdonia-National-Park, #Irish-Sea-View #mountain-view #views #above the clouds #fluffyClouds

Saratoga Springs – A Weekend Escape to the Queen of Spas

The bathwater smelled like rust. It looked like it too. Alone in my private room at the Roosevelt Bathhouse in Saratoga Spa State Park, I hesitated, my naked toes suspended over lightly bubbling, blood-warm mineral soup. Then, like thousands before me, I took the plunge.

Seven great reasons to choose Pas de Calais for le Weekend

Just across the English Channel yet so often overlooked. Discover the pleasures Northern France in Pas de Calais

Dog-friendly short break in Tewkesbury

Lulu the Westie and I, along with some canine and human pals, head for Tewkesbury, where we find everything we need for the perfect dog-friendly break.

Cauterets: a kingdom of water

The sound of rushing water is everywhere, spring and summer in this historic ski resort in the French Pyrénées.

Climbing Snowdon to the top of Wales

The views from the top of Snowdon are among the most spectacular in Europe and you don’t have to be a mountaineer to enjoy them.

A word about COVID 19

As we all shelter in place, worried about the pandemic and wondering when it will end, thoughts of travel go right out the window. How can you think about traveling miles from home when you may not even be able to walk the dog around the corner. I think reading about travel still has a morale building role and I will continue to write travel pieces in hopes they will inspire you to dream. Read my editorial Why write about travel? here.

Travel Tips & Itineraries

Ten outdoor hauntings for Halloween and beyond

You don’t have to go far in Britain to find ghosts and restless spirits to scare you silly. Visit these 10 haunted landscapes and ruins to stay safely social distanced from other mortals while spirits swirl around you.

Editorial: Why Write about Travel Now

As we all hunker down to sit out the COVID 19 pandemic what is the point of writing about travel? I look at the role travel writing has played in the past and can play in our future.

25 Perfect Hotel Room Essentials

Tried and tested tips from experienced travellers.

How to fight travel boredom and sightseeing fatigue

Can’t look at one more pile of rocks that someone calls a castle? One more ancestor portrait? One more stick of old furniture? Help is at hand.

Food & Drink

Illustration of Virginia's Shrimp and Grits with three cooked shrimp, sliced sausage, red, yellow and green sliced peppers.

Miss Virginia’s Shrimp ‘n’ Grits

A classic Southern recipe from a Charleston,S.C, cook that you can make at home.

Pudding, pie or tart – So what’s a Bakewell?

The one thing you can’t get in Bakewell, Derbyshire, is a Bakewell Tart. On the other hand, Bakewell Puddings may be the real deal.

Visit an ancient Roman winery in the South of France

On the Provence/Languedoc border, a family winery produces 2000-year-old vintages for today’s wine drinkers

Ugly vegetables the French way

Maybe France is off your travel agenda this summer but you can still bring a taste of France to your table with easy recipes that every thrifty French home cook knows.

Features & Special Places

Cathedral facade

Strawberry Hill: London’s Little Suburban Castle

An 18th century dandy’s house is a masterpiece of eccentricity – a mini-castle amid the suburban semis.

The indescribable Snape Maltings slowly comes back to life

How can I begin to describe Snape Maltings? From its strange sounding name to its creative miscellany of art, music, retail and the great outdoors, it defies categorization. You simply have to go to Snape Maltings to experience this destination for yourself.

Tower Bridge’s glass walkways – Part of (not so) hidden London

An almost secret attraction that has been hiding in plain sight

Notre Dame de Reims: Gothic survivor and cathedral of kings

Reims Cathedral, Notre Dame de Reims, is one of the world’s great masterpieces of Gothic architecture. It’s also the centrepiece of a UNESCO World Heritage site and a battle-scarred survivor with more facelifts to its name than Dolly Parton.