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  • Escape the COVID-19 lockdown blues

    Escape COVID-19 lockdown blues
  • Wide open spaces to send your imagination soaring.

    River Dwyryd at sundown from Portmeirion Wales
  • The memory of taste

    Nathans French Fries, memory of tastes
  • Scilly - England’s islands in the stream

    Tresco Abbey Garden, Isles of Scilly, Duchy of Cornwall, Tresco, England, UK

Visit the Isles of Scilly – England’s Islands in the Stream

A visit to the Isles of Scilly is a step back to simpler times. These islands in the stream (with apologies to Ernest Hemingway and Dolly Parton) are a dreamlike Atlantic archipelago afloat in the mediating warmth of the Gulf Stream.

Wide open spaces – set your imagination free

While you’re stuck at home, these pictures of wide open spaces can set your imagination free. They’ll be there waiting when the current crisis is over so why not dream a little now.

How to escape the COVID-19 lockdown blues

Right about now, staying home is probably beginning to get pretty old. But until the virus crisis is over, it’s what most of us will be doing for a while. Why not escape through this collection of videos, VR tours and image galleries about some of my favorite places.

My first taste of…

The memory of taste can have surprising power to bring the past to life. If you doubt that, consider Marcel Proust for whom the taste of a madeleine unleashed a tidal wave of words. These are some of the defining moments in my life as a foodie. What are some  of yours?

Destinations

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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

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.

Where to stay and where to eat in St Ives, Cornwall

Fresh seafood and old fashioned hospitality – with sea views for good measure. Find out where to rest your head in busy St Ives.

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

Delicious dishes from Santorini you can make at home

Santorini’s indigenous dishes are different and delicious. And so easy to make yourself.

Features & Special Places

jewel encrusted 18th century mechanical elephant

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.

Bachelors and Spendthrifts – The History of Attingham Park

An entertaining visit to the beautiful house of a family so dysfunctional that generations of them could have populated a 19th century saga.

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

An almost secret attraction that has been hiding in plain sight

The Elephant that seduced a Shah and other holiday delights at Waddesdon

Every year during the holiday season, Waddesdon Manor transforms for Christmas.  For me, the star of the show is always the mechanical elephant that jollied a Persian potentate out of  the sulks.