The Riviera Nayarit Region, Mexico – Quick Tour Part 1

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Riviera Nayarit, Mexico, Tepic, Santiago and Mexcaltitan: The Riviera Nayarit region is one of the newest and most modern beach destinations in Mexico, yet its main attractions still encompass diverse vegetation, rivers, lagoons and mountains. Activities include birdwatching, sport fishing, diving, golf, surfing as well as just enjoying the food and the sun. So having […]

Nin – The Island of Kings #LoveCroatia

The Bura over salt pans, Nin

A brief visit to Nin: Standing outside the Tourist Information Office, I look across the bridge to an ancient stone gateway.  The tiny island across the water is the historic old town of Nin.  It’s just 500m in diameter, connected to the mainland by two old bridges.  Walk across, like me,  and you’ll find yourself […]

Clevedon Hall Wedding and Private Hire Venue


A Victorian Gothic Venue for the Romantics – Clevedon Hall: I have to admit that one of my guilty pleasures is watching ‘Don’t Tell the Bride’; although as the series have progressed the grooms have been getting more and more extreme in their choice of theme, venue, and outfits.   Ask almost any of the brides, […]

Mexico – Nuevo Vallarta and Great Hotels

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All Inclusive in Nuevo Vallarta: After two wonderful days in San Blas in the coastal heart of the Riviera Nayarit region, it was time to head South, back to Nuevo Vallarta to sample some of the larger family orientated all-inclusive hotels. The purpose of my trip was to attend the Family Travel Summit, organized by […]

Mexico – Nuevo Vallarta and San Blas


A Postcard from Mexico for Cinco de Mayo: Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “fifth of May”) is a celebration held to commemorate the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, a victory which changed the course of history for both Mexico and America. It is sometimes […]

Feeling at Home in Paris, St Germain

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Paris in the Spring – St Germain: I’ve been a Londoner most of my adult life.  A couple of brief excursions to the country and a temporary contract in Brussels for nine months my only attempts to break free.  Yet, there are cities where I believe I could happily live.  Paris is one of those […]

In Search of the #PerfectPorridge – Ireland

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The vexation of an itinerant Scot – #PerfectPorridge in Ireland: What was I doing getting on a plane to fly to Cork?  Every Scottish lassie (even those who have lived most of their life in London) knows the best porridge comes from Scotland.  The ‘backbone of many a sturdy Scotsman’, I grew up on porridge […]

The Halfway Bridge, West Sussex

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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 […]