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    Searching for our Twin Town: Part 1 – Mouvaux

    July 20, 2017

    The first memory I have of my hometown is of a dead fish. It was lying in the middle of the road, eyes glazed and mouth open, as if shocked to find itself on this patch of weathered tarmac. It was a big fish – a cod, maybe – with freckly, green scales and a white belly. I knelt down, staring at it, remembering that my Grandma had once told me she’d seen frogs rain down from the sky. They’d…

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  • Anniversary Celebrations on Lake Como

    Stirring from my train induced slumber, I stretched and turned to the window, assessing our progress from Milan to Lake Como. Wincing as the sunlight poured in, it took a moment for my eyes…

    June 13, 2017
  • Wine tasting with Princess Cruises

    “It’s a common misconception that the grapes were squashed by the feet of workers”, our guide, Philippe, tells us. “Instead, they would wear plastic pants and be lowered in, until they were shoulder high…

    June 5, 2017
  • A Weekend in Hamburg

    It’s Sunday morning at Hamburg’s world famous Fischmarkt and the sun has made a welcome appearance. Ringing my bell, I cycle through the crowds – navigating stalls overflowing with gawping seabream, electric pink peonies…

    May 14, 2017
  • Love Run Paris

    Here’s a little known fact: I was once heralded as an athletic prodigy. This surprise announcement was made one cold morning in January, 2001. Stood on the school field, the wind making my teeth…

    March 27, 2017
  • Searching for Miniature Amsterdam

    Tucked away in Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum is a dollhouse. Placed within a carefully carved cabinet, this Lilliputian home boasts nine meticulously decorated rooms, marble floors, specially-commissioned artwork and intricately decorated Chinese porcelain. The creation of…

    November 30, 2016
  • A Christmas guide to Germany

    We all have one of ‘those’ friends that you begin to vaguely dislike around Christmas time. You know the type: the friend playing Mariah Carey on repeat come the 1st November, and busying themselves…

    October 8, 2016
  • The Faroe Islands: part two

    The morning of my 30th birthday began in the company of a witch and a giant. With the Faroe Islands now basking in warm sunshine – the gales and cold rain long gone – the…

    October 6, 2016
  • The Faroe Islands: part one

    Over the years, men from the small village of Mikladalur, on the island of Kalsoy,  have slowly disappeared. Killed at sea amongst the swirling waves of the North Atlantic Ocean, some have tragically fallen from…

    September 14, 2016
  • The Best Places to Eat in Stockholm

    Stockholm is a city of 14 islands and 57 bridges. It’s a place where beautiful medieval streets nestle alongside cool, hipster neighbourhoods. A city of golden, endless summers and even longer, darker winters. It’s…

    August 30, 2016
  • What Does Brexit Mean for Travellers?

    What does Brexit mean for travellers? That British vote to leave the European Union kicked up a big stink, right? It’s even landed the UK with a new prime minister. Is it all over…

    July 14, 2016