Salzburg is right up there with my favourite European cities and memories of my numerous visits there always lift the spirits.

I first traversed the 21 arched Glenfinnan Viaduct in the late nineties, long before the magnificent structure was brought to mainstream attention through the marvellous Harry Potter films. I travelled on the Jacobite steam train back then, something that I repeated in 2009. From the train the pictures were not great, no matter how far […]

We are coming to the end of a wonderful week in the Dales. The weather has been great, the one bedroom dog friendly cottage excellent and most of all the Dales are simply stunning. When we booked we had no idea that there was a set of beautiful waterfalls a stone’s throw away. Situated on […]

The current cathedral was built in 1180, though the site has been a place of worship since 672. The cathedral has free entry and is beautiful inside and out and is the largest place of worship in the stunning Yorkshire Dales. Visit their website for a potted history and details of events.

We drove from the M6 to Wensleydale yesterday. Stunning scenery.

Today is Labour Day or International Workers Day throughout the world, a day to celebrate the lot of workers & to reflect on the fruits that their labours bring, whilst also honouring the rights of workers to divide their working day into three lots of eight hours, one for work, one for recreation and one […]

The 9-metre tall Meeting Place statue at St Pancras is a wonderful piece of art. Sculpted by renowned sculptor Paul Day and unveiled in 2007, the piece will have been seen by millions. The attention to detail of the frieze is astonishing. The depth and feeling of each section deserves a long gaze. I always […]

I have just got back from a lovely short trip to Toulouse & Andorra. L’Hospitalet station is just over 2-hours from Toulouse and as close to Andorra as you can get by train (a taxi to Andorra la Vella costs €90 each way).

Holy Island is off the Northumberland Coast and can be reached by car at low tide or by boat from Seahouses. We took the latter option at high tide and were rewarded by virtually having the island to ourselves. You can just pick out Lindisfarne Castle in the background of the photo below.

Barcelona waterfront was redeveloped for the 1992 Olympics, an area that I first stayed by in 2000 on our honeymoon. It is an area choc full of lovely fish restaurants and a scattering of pricey hotels. The hop on hop off buses also head there. Well worth a stop to walk barefoot in the sand […]