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

All Change – Home Swaps Make a Great Holiday

Exchange your Home and off you Roam If you’re short of cash or like the idea of living like a local, exchanging homes is a great option. You don’t have to pay for accommodation and you walk straight into someone else’s world. I didn’t want to rent out my flat in Valencia. It’s a delicate period piece, with original wooden … 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

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

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