Carreg Cennen Castle

Of all the many castles I've visited (and let's face it, there've been a few!), the one I have the fondest memories of is Carreg Cennen. Perched atop an enormously tall limestone crag on the edge of the Brecon Beacons in south-west Wales, the castle is an impressive and unforgettable sight. I first remember visiting... Continue Reading →

Dyffryn Gardens – Summer 2020

When lockdown was in full swing earlier this year, I didn't think my annual spring/summer visit to Dyffryn Gardens would be possible and fully expected 2020 to be a gap in my annual chronicles. So I was pleasantly surprised when my mother told me Dyffryn Gardens had reopened in early July, following the easing of... Continue Reading →

A gastronomic guide to Porto

When I think of the food in Porto, I think of sardines, pastries, the francesinha sandwich, and lots and lots of port. Portugal's second city is a culinary delight, with a host of superb restaurants and cafés. Pretty much everything I had to eat or drink was excellent and Porto has since become one of... Continue Reading →

Porto

Portugal's second city is the perfect place for a weekend break. Boasting interesting architecture, a maze of alleyways that are ripe for exploring, museums, parks, churches, and fantastic food, it's a great city in which to spend a long weekend. Not to mention there's an abundance of its most famous export – port – on... Continue Reading →

Malaysia travel guide

Malaysia is a country, quite literally, of two halves – Peninsula Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo – and last year I was lucky enough to spend two weeks touring these two, very different, parts of the south-east Asian country. Featuring orangutans, sun bears and some of the best food I've ever eaten, this is my mini-travel... Continue Reading →

Ham House and Garden

The banks of the River Thames to the south-west of London are dotted with stately homes and grand palaces. From Kew Palace to the Duke of Northumberland's Syon Park, to Marble Hill House and the majestic Hampton Court Palace. So when I was browsing through the National Trust's handbook and came across Ham House and... Continue Reading →

Paris – Basilica of Saint-Denis

The Basilica of Saint-Denis to the north of Paris has been top of my Parisian bucket list for a good 20 years and I was determined to finally visit it last summer. The magnificent basilica is the resting place of almost all the French kings and queens, with 43 kings, 32 queens and more than... Continue Reading →

Paris – Fondation Louis Vuitton

When I asked one of my Paris-based friends what I should do in the city, the first thing she said was go to the Fondation Louis Vuitton. So after my morning visiting the Musée de l'Orangerie and over-indulging at Angelina, I hopped on the Metro to the Bois de Boulogne on the Western edge of... Continue Reading →

Paris – Angelina

Before my trip to Paris, I'd asked a friend who lives there for a list of non-touristy things to do in the French capital. One of the many suggestions on her list was a visit to Angelina to try it's renowned hot chocolate. The grand tea house is a Parisian institution established in 1903 and... Continue Reading →

Paris – Musée de l’Orangerie

If you're planning a Monet-themed weekend in the French capital, then the Musée de l'Orangerie on the edge of the Jardin des Tuileries is a must. The small museum is home to eight of the most impressive of Claude Monet's series of Nymphéas (or Water Lilies) paintings. The Impressionist artist spent three decades working on... Continue Reading →

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