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

El Cabanyal – new bars, new stars

Through my work as a travel writer, I attend World Travel Market, the world’s biggest travel trade fair. In 2014, I headed to the Valencia stand and spread the map of the city out on the table, behind which stood an important tourist board representative. I jabbed my finger at the El Cabanyal area, a district built by fishermen, which … Read More

Cornwall Under Canvas

Cornish Delights I have always been smitten with Cornwall with its crunchy golden sand coves, yellow ice-cream, wild surf beaches and famous fish restaurants. I nearly moved to live there once, as I came within days of buying a house in St Ives, a town which still retains a special place in my heart. Other dreams have been followed now … Read More

At Home in Hastings

A friend moved to Hastings from Brighton ten years ago because he had heard it was ‘the new Brighton.’ One day, not long after he had arrived, he was sitting in a pub, quietly sipping a pint and immersed in a book when another customer, bawled across the bar ‘If you want to read get out of here and go … Read More

How Kind Was My Valley

How Kind Was My Valley My first trip to Wales was aged two, when I fell over on Llandudno Pier and ended up in hospital having hundreds of splinters removed from my small hands. I was undeterred by this traumatic experience and went on to spend many happy holidays in Llandudno with my grandparents, making sandcastles and eating mini pork … Read More

The Trundler Goes to Paella Town

    The people of Valencia love to eat rice dishes. Most famous of these of course is paella, traditionally made using chicken, rabbit and little snail like shellfish to reflect the ingredients available to working man whilst out in the fields. More luxurious versions of the dish use lobster or shellfish, while rice is also used for Arroz a Banda, another favourite, … Read More

The Trundler’s Insider Guide to El Cabanyal

The Trundler’s Day in El Cabanyal and Canyamelar As British Airways  launches a direct flight to Valencia on 6th November, The Trundler reveals her favourite spots in the fascinating neighbourhood of El Cabanyal/Canyamelar, where she has made her home. This seaside district is the true highlight of Spain’s third largest city and exploring its beautiful streets is essential. Start the day with … Read More

The Trundler’s Guide to the Outer Hebrides

  As our friends in the North debate their destiny here’s The Trundler’s guide to these far-flung Scottish islands, whose beauty is from another world entirely. Never mind Westminster or Holyrood.  The Outer Hebrides feels so different from anywhere else that surely they should have their own parliament? Perhaps a Celtic circle of wise men who convene amidst the Callanish … Read More