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.
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
The cultural city of Coimbra couldn’t be a better stopover or short break destination. It’s famed for its unique Fado renditions and its gracious university, which is the oldest in Portugal, originally established in the 12th century. There are more steep hills to climb in Coimbra’s magnificent medieval centre but it’s worth scaling them to reach the university and visit … Read More
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
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
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
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