The Halfway Bridge, West Sussex

Halfway bridge

Traditional English Coaching Inn  – The Halfway Bridge Lodsworth I traveled among unknown men, In lands beyond the sea: Nor England! Did I know till then What love I bore to thee. William Wordsworth Visiting places like Halfway Bridge in Lodsworth in Spring remind me just how beautiful the English countryside is.  Those visitors to […]

Montefalco – Sagrantino Wine and More in Umbria

View from Montefalco

 Antiprima Sagrantino 2011 Vintage in Montefalco, Umbria: While I understand reasonably well what the launch of a new Vintage entails, I was a little mystified by an invitation to the Anteprima Sagrantino 2011.  This preview of the vintage before it is truly ready for drinking was curious on two counts.  Firstly, I’d never heard of […]

Cinnamon Island Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka River Boat Safari - cinnamon production 2

Of Crocodiles and more on Cinnamon Island: Scarcely a metre long, the silvery green baby crocodile looks for all the world as if it could be a child’s toy made of rubber. Fierce beady eyes and a mouth full of razor sharp white teeth are just a warning for the future. For now, a miniature […]

Tropical Modernism – Geoffrey Bawa in Sri Lanka

Geoffrey Bawas House - roman statue 1

Lunugana, Geoffrey Bawa and Channa Daswatte: For the first time my driver is confused.  We’ve navigated Sri Lanka, travelling from Colombo to the North Central district, back down to the South East coast and, despite some precarious climbs and circuitous routes to enable me to see tea plantations and spice gardens along the way, we haven’t […]

The Other Kind of Goodwood Revival

Southdown Sheep Goodwood

Glorious Goodwood – A Perfect Country Retreat: Chichester, a fine Cathedral City in West Sussex is around 60 miles from London.  A few miles from the City Centre, set in the rolling hills of the South Downs, is Goodwood House and Hotel.  Most of us know Goodwood for sporting events; horse racing, golf and the […]

Building a Legacy – The Royal Opera House and Grand Mosque Muscat

Grand mosque Chandelier

Blending Traditional Arabic Architecture with Contemporary Styling – Muscat, Oman: Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman has a wonderful ring to its name.  Like something from the Arabian Nights, I’d imagined bustling souks, fantastic palaces, mosques, and historic fortresses.  All of that is real enough in Muscat but one of the most remarkable things about […]

An Underground Kingdom of Salt – UNESCO Heritage at Wieliczka, Poland

Unesco Sign

Salt Mines and Tunnels in Wieliczka, Poland: The Salt Mine in Wieliczka, just 10 minutes outside of Krakow, was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1978, but its regional importance has gone back centuries. It was first formally mined in the 13th century, and has been expanded ever since, supplying a range of […]

Hornets and Patricidal Kings – Sigiriya

The Lion's mouth sigiriya

Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka – Sigiriya: A winding spiral metal staircase built into the sheer rock-face is not, for me, a place to try a race to the bottom.  And, at 11am, the sun was already burning,the temperature, even at altitude, in the high 80s.  Nevertheless, behind me the guide was fretting. Hurry, hurry […]

Lovin Dublin – a Little Escape

historic pub dublin

Exploring the Dublin Food Scene – Lovin Dublin: A major house-move just under my belt with all the ensuing chaos, I’d made a rule and  promised myself that I’d stay at home till after Christmas.  But, rules are made to be broken and an invitation to the Lovin Dublin awards was just too good an […]

The Christmas Market – In Krakow Poland

Poland Krakow Market

Seasonal Festivities in Krakow: Where are you doing your Christmas shopping this year?  I was invited to visit Krakow, the Capital of the Malopolska region of Poland.  Just 30 minutes from the airport, whilst there are many sights in the region, at this time of year  the focal point of Krakow is the stunning Christmas […]

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