The minute our Christmas tree goes up and all the lights are working, chocolates hanging and decorations bunched nicely at twin height, husband goes into holiday mode and starts meticulously planning his holiday for the following year. I find this all a bit un-nerving, I mean, I have no idea what can happen from [...]
My first chowder ever was eaten sitting on Pier 39 in San Francisco after listening to a pod of seals making a tremendous racket on the rocks by the pier. I remember that day as clear as if it were yesterday. (June 2006)
Funnily enough I hadn’t expected grey skies and cold, damp days [...]
Odd question you may ask as you know we don’t have any blue blood running through our veins but a while back the Royal Caribbean launched a competition to search for a family to become their Royal Family for 2014. This would mean participating in things like the launch of their [...]
A mouse took a stroll through the deep, dark wood…
Thorndon Country Park in Brentwood, Essex is a beautiful wide open area with lots of woodland and trails to follow. We visited to follow one very special route, The Gruffalo Trail.
Your map will cost you 50p from the local visitor [...]
Conde Nast Traveller one of the leading tourism publications have recently held their 2013 Traveller Readers’ Awards ceremony and Italy was once again awarded Favourite Country by it’s 83,000+ readers and I am certainly not going to argue with their perfect choice.
Rome, Venice and Florence all feature in the Top Ten Favourite Overseas [...]
Sometimes when we’re on our travels we flick through a guide book and decide on the quality of the pictures, the description and the author’s advice whether or not to add that destination to our list.
Luckily we had read up before arriving in Guernsey on [...]
I wonder if you, like me, automatically associate Normandy with World War II?
June 6th 1944
Was the day that Nazi-occupied France was invaded by British, American, Commonwealth and Canadian troops. The result of this enormous operation was the liberation of France.
Until our visit I was unaware of just how big a [...]
One of the 10 panels of the Guernsey Tapestry
I have to write about this fabulous tapestry because I was so taken with it.
It was Sue Payne’s idea; a tapestry to celebrate the last 1000 years of Guernsey’s history in time for the millennium. The project was massive and was broken up [...]
Having bought our first caravan on eBay last year we were determined to get the most out of it this summer. After a successful tow to Devon in June we wanted to travel further afield for our summer break but not too far. With that in mind we decided on campsites in Normandy, France [...]
How can you not go to Normandy be in the Pays d’Auge and not visit a chateau?
Impossible and with two princesses in training it wasn’t going to be hard to convince the little ones to leave the swimming pool either.
Normandy is brimming with castles and although others may have been [...]