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  • The Swing at The Wallace Collection in London

    18th century painting, Fragonard, Wallace Collection London
  • Fabulous Burghley House in Stamford

    Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire, Rutland, England, Elizabethan House, The Heaven Room,
  • Secret world of the Chelsea Physic Garden

  • New stops on the Chelsea Blue Plaque walk

  • Visit the Bridgertons at home in London

    Ranger's House Greenwich Park, London, Bridgerton

See Bob Marley’s London home on updated Chelsea walk

Now that we can all feel a bit safe being out and about, why not take advantage of good weather on this updated Chelsea blue plaque walk. Among the additions, Bob Marley’s London home is a standout.

Top 10 signs of dog-friendly digs

Some places say they’re dog-friendly when they’re barely dog-tolerant. Here’s how to decide if the hotel or cottage you’re about to book will really welcome your pet.

Burghley House and Stamford – Plan a short break

After you visit Burghley, the home of Elizabeth I’s spymaster, linger in Stamford, one of England’s best market towns and its oldest conservation area.

Visit the Bridgertons at home in London

If you’re a fan of the Netflix series Bridgerton, you’re probably looking forward to the start of Season 2 sometime in 2022. Meanwhile, share a little bit of the Bridgerton magic by visiting their “family home” on the edge of Greenwich Park in London. What’s inside this English Heritage property is not what you’ll see on screen but it’s well worth an autumn hike up to the top of Greenwich Park on the edge of Blackheath.

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.

The Wallace Collection in London: An eye-opening visit to a quiet treasure

The Wallace Collection, one of the world’s great galleries, is slightly off the beaten path and sometimes overlooked by visitors. Time to fix that

Destinations

Press image sketch, baker and Borowski, Warwick Road pleasure gardens

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

Kensington & Chelsea Art Week kicks off creative summer

Free art in public spaces and unexpected places, the “rewilding” of an iconic site, hidden messages in shop windows. The first annual Kensington and Chelsea Festival launches with Kensington & Chelsea Art Week.

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

How to beat the COVID-19 lockdown blues

Travel has been one of the big casualties of the coronavirus crisis. Most of us haven’t seriously planned travel for nearly a year.  Now that the light at the end of the tunnel is in sight, some of us may have forgotten what the freedom of travel is actually like. Dip into some virtual travel here to remind and inspire yourself.

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.

London’s Blue Plaques – A Chelsea Walk

Spend a morning or an afternoon discovering London Blue Plaques on a Chelsea walk. For more than 150 years, blue plaques on London’s buildings scattered around the city have marked the homes and achievements of the famous and infamous. Join us on this free, self-guided tour.

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.