Can’t Stop Las Fallas

Joan Ribo, the Mayor of Valencia, just announced that Las Fallas would be held this year, Coronavirus or not. In many other places this could be seen as a risky decision. There’s only been a few confirmed cases in the province, but it’s easy to imagine the virus spreading like wildfire during the city’s mammoth and most important festival. Packed … Read More

A Winter Trundle in the Canary Isles

I wasn’t sure about Trundling around the Canaries. I had visions of marauding Brits, celebrating Brexit with litres of lager and mountains of chips in crowded resorts. In fact I rarely heard English spoken, just a gentle sing-song Spanish. No lager, but lots of fresh papaya juice and instead of chips, little dishes of Papas Arrugadas – locally grown potatoes, … 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

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

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

Feliz Navidad from Valencia

The Trundler has always dreamed of Christmas in the sun. This year it looks as if the dream is about to come true. At 8.30am on Christmas Eve the view from my window looks like this. And down at the beach it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the most dazzling sunshine. I have spent many Christmases in … Read More

The Trundler’s Autumn Tour of Britain

As leaves fall and Leaving looms, The Trundler takes an uplifting trip across Britain Family matters meant that I couldn’t travel as far as Croatia as planned, but with feet itching as always, I decided to head to North East Wales, The Peak District and East Sussex instead. The weather was soggy with the odd flash of sunshine, but the … 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

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