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

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

Migrants Making Magic in Marsala

My friend David Swift is a kind of magician. He can conjure up amazing images in a few captivating words, painting mental pictures which then become reality. Forty years ago, when I first met him, he convinced me to learn a mime routine, dress up as a clown and set off on a busking tour of Britain. Together with another … 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

A Tale of Three Christmas Cities: New York

The Trundler had arrived in New York ready to immediately jump into her super insulating Heattech leggings, but instead, rather surprisingly, it was warm enough to go bare-legged. Mild and muggy weather greeted her, followed by downpours of rain. At the Four Seasons Hotel in Mid-town, where she had mistakenly gone in search of the Four Seasons Restaurant, the kindly … Read More

A Tale of Three Christmas Cities: London

London seems even more magnificent in the festive season, dripping with prosperity and a lavish goodwill. On a pre-Christmas trundle the Trundler headed along a surprisingly peaceful Regent Street to Liberty, surely the capital’s most elegant of department stores. Here she bought a tiny bottle of Frederic Malle perfume – her one present of the season before scurrying down to … Read More

A Tale of Three Christmas Cities: Valencia

  Christmas in the sun has its own special sparkle with blue skies and a gentle warmth adding to the magic of this festival of light and goodwill. Instead of fir trees there are neon and multi-coloured lights shining brilliantly. Fewer Father Christmas figures climb in and out of peoples’  houses but there are far more nativity scenes. The festival has a more … Read More