Taulellets – a History of Tile Art in El Cabanyal

Anyone who has wandered around the Poblats Maritims area of Valencia will have noticed that many of the houses are covered with the most beautiful tiles, which enrich the charm and character of this entrancing neighborhood. Of the 700 protected houses, 300 have tiled facades whose spectacular designs range from traditional, delicate and pretty to wild, abstract and surreal. When … Read More

Open Up Your Eyes and Look Within

These two paintings are from the exhibition of beautiful Jamaican art, Open up Your Eyes and Look Within. The show opens in London on 22 October for four days. Details at the end of this post. 1. Blue Bamboo by artist Christopher Harris, also pictured in the featured image(above) with his painting Mothers 2. Coke Methodist Church 1970 by Sidney … Read More

A Mini-Trundle from Lisbon to Porto – Step One

The Hills are Alive in Lisbon > Portugal is easy to explore by public transport and April is a wonderful time to visit this gentle country. Prices are still low and the fresh Spring sunshine is as yellow as the Pastel de Nata. These little pastry cases filled with a sticky eggy custard are in every bakery and the first … Read More

Swimming Through London

Cool Spots for a Hot Day In London London in the heat is a mixture of heaven and hell. The heady combination of sun, traffic fumes and crowds bring an intensity which makes me want to run for the Welsh mountains. It’s also an intoxicating place to be in a heatwave. Tourists stupefied by the unexpected warmth mingle with Londoners … Read More

A Mini Trundle from Lisbon to Porto – Step 2

It’s a cinch to get to Porto from Lisbon in one hit, but unless you’re in a rush, it makes more sense to stop off on the way. We travelled by bus from Lisbon to the coastal town of Peniche( one and a half hours) and stayed a few days there. This low-key seaside town has a functioning harbour and … Read More

A Mini Trundle in Naples and along the Amalfi Coast

Skipping the Pizza on a hop through Naples See Naples and die, the saying goes. You can minimize the risk of this by avoiding Pizza. Firstly turning your back on the famous Neapolitan dish mean you’re saying ‘no’ to a big wedge of mostly nutrition-free carbohydrates. Secondly because avoiding Pizza in this glorious city takes some effort and a lot … Read More

Seven Days In Cefalu

Seven days felt the right amount of time to spend in this lovely seaside town with its two appealing sandy beaches and fairly unspoiled historic centre. It’s medium in size and not too challenging on any level. In fact sometimes it felt a bit too easy for the English tourist. They were many of us, ambling around in those awful … Read More

Seven Days In Cefalu

Seven days felt the right amount of time to spend in this lovely seaside town with its two appealing sandy beaches and fairly unspoiled historic centre. It’s medium in size and not too challenging on any level. In fact sometimes it felt a bit too easy for the English tourist. They were many of us, ambling around in those awful … Read More