Blue skies and sunshine for much of the year, which makes for al fresco dining and people watching. Friendly people always happy to point you in the right direction, allow you to practice your French but most speak very good English and won’t let you struggle with language difficulties. There is also a Tourism Office in the […]
Our little home from home was once a chicken shed in the grounds of a 1930’s villa in the small town of Vence on the Cote d’Azur. We were warmly welcomed by the owners Anne and Richard when we arrived one Saturday evening in Fanny the Fiat from Nice airport. Of course there are no chickens […]
Portmeirion is a whimsical, fantastical, Disneyesque (in a good way) Italian style village on the north coast of Wales, situated right on the broad estuary of the River Dwyryd near to Penrhyndeudraeth village and close to Porthmadog. It was Clough William- Ellis’s grand vision and now eighty years later my delight to visit. You can enter […]
I was in Business Class on a short haul flight and was surprised to see that there was no division or curtain between ‘us’ and ‘them’, ordinarily this would not be a problem ……………that was until a family with different values to mine and the others seated around plonked themselves behind me. I am tolerant […]
Thank you to Fanny Blake for agreeing to feature on the ‘author chat’s’ strand of the Grey Book Worm. I have recently read and thoroughly enjoyed Our Summer Together about a woman of a certain age finding love second time around whilst going through a divorce, a house move and her children’s ‘non acceptance’ of her new partner. I was […]
If it was going to be an intense ‘eat all you can’ Beatle experience then the Grey Traveller had to stay at The Hard Day’s Night Hotel conveniently located in a central part of the city, handy for all the Beatle haunts. Liverpool is clearly proud of its famous four sons and there are reminders of Beatles heritage everywhere. […]
Amsterdam is fairly compact so if time is limited stay central. If you like quiet areas choose Jordaan or the Negen Straatjes district. I stayed at The Hoxton on the Herengracht Canal which was in a quiet area but close to the Dam Square. A taxi ride from Schipol Airport is about 40 Euros and takes about […]
Amsterdam is an easy city to walk particularly if you stay in a central location as I did at the Hoxton on the Herengragcht Canal in the picturesque neighbourhood of Negen Straatjes. From there you can walk to all major tourist sites as well as stroll the canal pathways taking in the pretty flower be decked […]
Schiphol Airport is one of the nicer international airports which I have travelled through, a little arty, a little kitsch and a whole lot of more than acceptable eateries.
For an island airport Bali offers some distractions for the traveller and here they are.