Seven Days In Cefalu

Seven days felt the right amount of time to spend in this lovely seaside town with its two appealing sandy beaches and fairly unspoiled historic centre. It’s medium in size and not too challenging on any level. In fact sometimes it felt a bit too easy for the English tourist. They were many of us, ambling around in those awful … 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

The Trundler Mixes Arches With Art and Oysters on Manhattan

A Day of Charm and Culture in NYC The Trundler’s constant companion sometimes takes her by surprise. Patiently he listened to her moan about her aching feet as they traipsed the streets. Patiently he guided her on a trail of art, arches and achievement culminating in a plate of one of her favourite foods, eaten in a majestic setting. First … Read More