Feb 01 2023
Although I’m a country girl, I freely confess that I have never really got the whole horsey thing. I appreciate that they are beautiful animals but am ever so slightly scared when I’m on the back of one. So, the prospect of staying in a horsebox for the weekend wouldn’t have necessarily been my first choice.
Oct 24 2022
There is a saying in the Cambridge English dictionary that all roads lead to Rome. It essentially means that all methods lead to the same point in the end. It is also the name of an episode of Doctor Who, but I digress. In Tirana, it certainly feels as though all roads lead to Skanderbeg Square. The square is…
Oct 07 2022
Our first family trip overseas since the start of the pandemic generated huge amounts of discussion. After an arid two years as far as travel was concerned, there were so many things to consider. Would we still be able to just pack a bag and go as we had previously or would the sudden rush of people…
Apr 06 2022
Morocco is easy to describe – quite simply, once you’ve been you will never want to leave.
You will find yourself fantasising about buying a riad and selling your house back home. Your children will be able to grow up surrounded by joy and people who see them as an absolute gift. Your mornings will consist of long…
Aug 20 2021
Imagine visiting an attraction and being told that you are not allowed to enter because of your ethnicity, as they will only allow ten people with your heritage in per day. Or because of your sexuality unless you want to go in without your family and friends. How long would it be before the media outcry…
Apr 11 2021
The bizarre year we have all experienced due to Covid-19 has meant many of us have faced huge changes to our lives. This has affected us all differently, as has how we have reacted to it.
As a mum of two children with SMA, we soon received the letters identifying them as clinically extremely vulnerable and on…
Jan 08 2020
Kevan Chandler and his friends make quite a team. The group of twenty somethings spent three weeks travelling round Europe visiting France and England before venturing over to the Emerald Isle. The trip was such a success that a couple of years later they decided to repeat the experience, only this time visiting China. This…
Nov 11 2019
As anyone who knows our family will testify, we do not tend to fit in to the category of luxury travellers. A fifteen pound a night hostel with a spare mattress on the floor and a slightly dodgy shower tends to be much more the norm for us when we travel.
However, I was very fortunate to…
Oct 28 2019
If you are a real history buff you will already know about Gdansk. Formerly known as Danzig, this unassuming city on Poland’s Baltic Coast has played host to many of the most momentous moments of the twentieth century.
Think back to news footage – the grainy reels showing soldiers going off to war, contrasted against propaganda recordings…
Oct 16 2019
Arriving in Gdansk is like pitching up in a perfectly stylised idea of sixteenth century Amsterdam in Jessie Burton’s “The Miniaturist”. Ice cream coloured buildings line the streets of Ul. Dluga, the main street in the Old Town which runs from Upland Gate to Green Gate.
The buildings are almost architectural representations of the famous ‘lody’ or…