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  • Anna Maria Island - Still secret after all these years

  • Secret Greenwich: The Fan Museum

    jewelled fan in Greenwich museum
  • 12 ways to save on European city center stays

    Windmill pub in Clapham
  • The Brudenell - On the beach in Aldeburgh

    Exterior view of the Hotel Brudenell on Aldeburgh Beach
  • Hotel Review - The Swan at Lavenham

    The Swan at Lavenham
  • Two Auld Wifies, Dundee

    Painting of two old women in Dundee

Anna Maria Island – Still secret after all these years

While sitting on immaculate, white-sugar sand, I’m surrounded by sea birds – common gulls, oyster catchers, sandpipers, orange-billed royal terns – all apparently watching the horizon. As if on cue, a pair of dolphins leap across the horizon and a pelican dives for fish.

Top 12 way to save on city stays in Europe

Don’t let hotel prices put you off city center stays in Europes most glamorous capitals. These ideas can help you save.

Secret Greenwich: The Fan Museum

Greenwich, southeast London’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, has so many headline attractions, it’s easy to overlook this little museum full of treasures. Take a break and spend a peaceful hour exploring here, then linger over a cream tea.

Two Auld Wifies, Dundee – A painting with a secret

At the McManus, Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum, there are many stories but perhaps none as remarkable as this one.

Where to stay in Suffolk – The Brudenell

Hotel review of the Brudenell, Aldeburgh – Lovely sea views and handy for Snape Maltings.

Where to stay in Suffolk – The Swan at Lavenham

Hotel review of the Swan at Lavenham – Picture perfect  “Olde” England in Lavenham, a picture perfect Medieval village.


Sarasota, Florida – Where the circus comes to town

This pretty, apparently sedate Florida resort, popular with affluent retirees, is really wild at heart. This is where the circus comes to town.

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.

Travel Tips & Itineraries

25 Perfect Hotel Room Essentials

Tried and tested tips from experienced travellers.

Oh Poo! Where’s the Loo?!

Don’t be caught short. Here’s where to find public restrooms around the world where you’re free to go.

London Blue Plaque Chelsea Walk

Take a self-guided tour of Chelsea to see where the creatives of the past found inspiration.

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

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.

Bangers and Mash – A British pub classic to cook at home

The British way with sausages is a pub standby and, in these days of healthy eating, a great guilty pleasure you can make at home.

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

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.

Smoke, no fire

An unforgettable night in Athens made a travel writer out of me.

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

An almost secret attraction that has been hiding in plain sight

The indescribable Snape Maltings

From its strange sounding name to its creative miscellany of art, music, retail and the great outdoors, Snape Maltings defies categorization. I guess you just have to go see it for yourself.

101 Things

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101 Best things to do in Europe in 2019

It’s always a great time to start planning – or at least thinking about – your next vacation or getaway. No pressure, just a little idle day dreaming to get you through the workaday world until your next escape.

Two Auld Wifies, Dundee – A painting with a secret

At the McManus, Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum, there are many stories but perhaps none as remarkable as this one.