The Trundler Turns 60 in Copenhagen

I wanted to celebrate my 60th birthday with a small adventure. A visit to a place I had never seen before, but one which was easy to reach and explore. Copenhagen turned out to be perfect. A beautiful, open, well-organized city, green, watery and welcoming. Even the flight was a delight, from Heathrow’s well designed Terminal 2, a bright, appealing … Read More

Ross and Eveline’s Trundle Around Valencia

Ross and Eveline took a break from running their beautiful B and B in Maentwrog, North West Wales and headed to Spain, to flee the rain. We’ve little experience of trundling, so we snapped up our friend Jane’s invitation to visit Valencia, which is a safe and welcoming city. Valencianos prefer Valenciano, similar to Catalan, to Spanish. With two languages … Read More

Barlaston to Bedstuy to Bloomsbury to Blaenau

A Trundle around Places Beginning with B A well-known Staffordshire village, a vibrant Brooklyn neighbourhood, an elegant district of London and a spectacular slate mining town in Snowdonia. Such different places, each with its own beauty. Each with a special significance for me. Each with a distinctive charm. My Trundle, which took place during the glorious month of May, began … Read More

Play at Heath Street

Art for All in Hampstead The Heath Street Baptist Church in Hampstead is an admirable example of how a church can enrich a community. With free classical concerts, Jacket potato ceilidh nights and and delightful singing and music sessions for children, it has an appeal which stretches far and wide. Hampstead feels more homely here, bohemian yet friendly. For the … Read More

England in May

A perfect field, a tree tinged with pink blossom, brilliant yellow gorse, a stately horsechestnut, bluebells washed with rain, creamy Hawthorne. All these I saw on a rapturous walk through the Staffordshire countryside in May my heart singing all the way.

Art in Valencia and the Joys of Spring

Valencia is full of visual delights this month. Head to IVAM, where this excellent modern art gallery is celebrating its 30th anniversary, with a dazzling major exhibition, showing the work of modernist painter FERNAND LEGER. Fernand Leger and Modern Life brings together 100 of his works, including paintings, drawings, textiles films and photographs. It’s a brilliant, wonderfully curated show and … Read More

Taulellets for Semana Santa in El Cabanyal

As I write this from my usually sun-filled office in Valencia, rain is lashing against the window and the big palm tree in the square below is blowing in the wind. This is British Bank Holiday weather, with no hint of Mediterranean warmth and light. I am feeling a bit cheated, particularly as Britain is basking in record-breaking sunshine. However, … Read More