Category: Travels

Arnhem: 75 Years On

Arnhem: 75 Years On   75 years ago this September the skies of Arnhem were peppered with thousands of parachutists and hundreds of gliders.  Forming the largest airborne force the world had ever seen. Under the instructions of Field Marshal Montgomery the Airborne region as it is now known consisted of four principle areas; Arnhem, Ede,

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Steam Dreams in the Home Counties

The Steam Dreams Rail Company Tel: 01483 209888 Imagine sitting in a comfortable armchair, a table set for dinner in front of you, an attentive waiter at your beck and call, chilled champagne for a summer evening and a moving backdrop, why not?  Wait, what was that?  A moving backdrop, surely Neil you were describing one

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Belarus

Belarus   With five international borders the land locked east European Republic of Belarus has had its fair share of consequential history.  It declared independence from the disintegrating Soviet Union in 1991, concluding seven decades of turmoil.  After the 1917 Russian revolution Belarus became a founding constituent republic of the Soviet Union.  The Polish-Soviet war

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Somabay: Egypt

Somabay Red Sea Egypt   Hurghada airport is only 45 minutes drive away from Somabay Resort, which means including the flight you can be checked into your luxury Red Sea view room within six hours of taking off from the UK.  Placed at the tip of an isthmus surrounded on three sides by alluringly blue

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Highbullen Hotel Golf & Country Club, Devon

Highbullen Hotel Golf & Country Club Chittlehamholt Umberleigh North Devon EX37 9HD Tel: 01769 540561   Located in Chittlehamholt village, a tongue twister of a name designed to confuse (or delight) American visitors Highbullen Hotel, Golf and Country Club is quite a place, really quiet.  From its clubby cellar bar with cosy booths and pool

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The Hague, Holland

A Weekend of Art in The Hague   The Hague is one of those cities in Europe that everyone has heard of but not many have visited.  It has a peculiar status in that it is not the capital but is the home to the Dutch Parliament.  The Hague is only 50km south west of

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POTUS, London

POTUS Crowne Plaza Hotel 10-11 Albert Embankment London SE1 7SP Tel: +44 (0) 203 1460 370   It might be considered foolhardy in these times of polarised political views to name a restaurant that generically pronounces a president’s importance.  But that is what’s happened, the acronym POTUS or more accurately POT (President of the) was

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Kasbah Angour, Morocco

Kasbah Angour Tahanaout Marrakech Morocco Tel: +212 (0) 524 484 121   Some people dream of castles in the sky but Brit Paul Foulsham, a long time resident of Morocco dreamed of his own castle in the mountains.  After five years of securing land, finding water, learning how to be a project manager, employing the

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Piz Gloria: Looking for Blofeld, Switzerland

Swiss Adventure in Piz Gloria Looking for Blofeld Switzerland has always offered the adventurous a playground of excitement and adrenaline.  The filming 50 years ago of the James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service typified this as the cast and crew headed for the small village of Mürren in the Jungfrau region known for

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Malta & Gozo

Malta & Gozo   Having what’s widely considered the best port in the Mediterranean Malta has always been an island of interest, the crossroads of the Arab and Christian worlds.  It has been invaded many times over the centuries by Greeks, Romans, North Africans and French, British etc, the legacy of which survives today in

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Rajasthan, India

Rajasthan India India is a mystery that is waiting for you to solve.  It comes in many flavours, colours, aromas and sizes.  It is a country that despite all this is impossible not to fall in love with.  Yes there is poverty, dirt (lots of it) extreme temperatures and enormous distances to travel to see

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Middlethorpe Hall & Spa, York

Middlethorpe Hall & Spa Bishopthorpe Road York YO23 2GB Tel: 01904 641241 A vast edifice greets you entering the front door of this impressive building dating from 1699.  This is a grand Historic House Hotel part of a well-established chain of high-end unique properties and linked to the National Trust.  It’s the sort of place

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Kentucky

Kentucky     On this adventure I travel stateside to bring you a report from the home of Fort Knox, the Kentucky Derby, and a genre of music less known on these shores and of course that delectable brown liquid so loved by the Mad Men. It would be hard to find a state in

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Discovering Pizzolo: Sicily

Southern Sicily Discovering Pizzolo and the right way to eat it. Through winding roads, vineyards, rocky outcrops and gentle hills in the province of Siracusa on the road to nowhere you’ll find Pantalica Ranch, a kind of hideout for foodies.  True there’s no phone signal, but the Wi-Fi works just fine and I’m holed up

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Groningen, Holland

Groningen A gastro Heaven   I could have arrived at London’s Southend Airport some early ‘o’ clock to start my trip to Groningen in northern Holland, but why do that when I could have a comfortable night right next to the airport at the Holiday Inn?  Dining at the 5thfloor 1935 restaurant on a fine

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