Terroir – Travels Through the Rhône Valley

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French Favourites in Provence, Ardèche and Gard – Touring the Southern Rhône: While my command of the French language borders on school-girl, it’s a musical language I love to hear spoken.  Partly for a few French words, each with an inate poetry and an indefinable element.  My favourite is ‘sympa’ or ‘sympathique’.  Unlike the English ‘sympathetic’, […]

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 […]

Revisiting Croatia – Zadar and the Dalmatian Coast


Sunset and More in Zadar, Croatia: Sunset in Zadar is the most beautiful in the world and is much nicer than the one in Key West, Florida.” Alfred Hitchcock, 1964.   Zadar, a small city on the Dalmatian coast of Croatia is built on a peninsula, reaching out into the blue waters of the Adriatic. […]

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 […]