Terroir in 1066 Country – Sedlescombe Organic Wines and More

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Organic and Biodynamic Wines in Sussex – Sedlescombe Vineyard and Winery: A visit to Sussex these days isn’t complete without a vineyard tour.  Sedlescombe, though, is something special, the UK’s oldest organic vineyard.  Now it is also operated under biodynamic principles.   The entrance from the road to the vineyard, a large gravelled car park,  is no […]

Kingston Upon Thames and Hampton Court

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Not Quite a Staycation – (Just) out of Town in Kingston Upon Thames: A few miles outside central London, the idea of an overnight stay in Kingston Upon Thames seems a little strange at first.  It’s somewhere I visit anyway, mostly because there’s a good shopping centre with plenty of parking.  And, of course I […]

Conquests and Castles – 1066 Country

Bodiam Castle Distance

A Day Trip to 1066 Country – Bodiam Castle and Battle Abbey: Remember when you were five or six years old and you wanted to live in a castle.  Perhaps like me, you wrote stories about being a princess and illustrated them.  The castle that you drew probably looked something like Bodiam.  Even from a […]

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, […]