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

A mini Trundle from Lisbon to Porto – Coimbra

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

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