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  • Canary Islands Gran Canaria
    Hacienda La Rekompensa in Gran Canaria

    Hacienda La Rekompensa in Gran Canaria

    Taking a trip to Gran Canaria? I can recommend a visit to the Hacienda La Rekompensa a banana plantation with a nineteenth century Canarian house at its heart. Surrounded by a lush green landscape and close to the town of Arucas it incorporates the Plátano Canario museum and a shop bursting with…

  • Canary Islands Gran Canaria
    Arehucas a Rum Distillery in Gran Canaria

    Arehucas a Rum Distillery in Gran Canaria

    While on the Canary Island of Gran Canaria take a stroll through the history of Canarian rum at Destilerias Arehucas (Arehucas Distillery) and learn about the production process of this distinctive rum - fresh and aged - before enjoying a tasting of the rums and liqueurs produced here. The…

  • Norway Bergen
    Bergen, a UNESCO Gem

    Bergen, a UNESCO Gem

    Bergen, Norway’s second biggest city is a designated City of Gastronomy and a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Centuries earlier it became an important trading centre due to the presence of the Hanseatic League whose old settlement, Bryggen has been designated a UNESCO site. Today this…

  • Norway Tromsø
    Tromsø – A Magical Arctic Experience

    Tromsø – A Magical Arctic Experience

    Daylight hours may be short during the winter in Tromsø, Norway but the days are full of the magic of the Arctic. Take the Fjellheisen Cable Car up Mt Fløya to watch a magical panorama as the sun rises, visit the Arctic Cathedral, Polar Museum, Polaria and the unique Troll Museum.

  • Norway Bergen
    Bergen: The Grand Opening of the Christmas Season

    Bergen: The Grand Opening of the Christmas Season

    This year on November 19 Bergen celebrated the opening of Christmas with several events including the Festival of Lights (Lysfesten), the Gingerbread Town (Pepperkakebyen) and LUMAGICA an illuminated walk through the Bergen Fortress (Bergenhus Festning). It was a magical afternoon and evening as…

  • Cornwall Falmouth
    Explore the Vibrant Town of Falmouth in Cornwall

    Explore the Vibrant Town of Falmouth in Cornwall

    Falmouth, Cornwall, Falmouth Harbour, National Maritime Museum, St Mawes Castle, Discovery Quay, Prince of Wales Quay, Pendennis Castle, Arwenack House, Custom House Quay, King’s Pipe, Arwenack House, Gyllyngdune Gardens, The Moor in Falmouth, Royal Mail Packet Station, British Empire, Fal Estuary,

  • Cornwall Falmouth
    Thalassa in Falmouth – Self-Catering Property above Falmouth Harbour

    Thalassa in Falmouth – Self-Catering Property above Falmouth Harbour

    Ideally situated in the centre of Falmouth with a large balcony overlooking Falmouth Harbour at the rear Thalassa is a delightful place for a holiday in Cornwall. The light, spacious rooms in this four-bedroomed apartment offer excellent accommodation for families or groups of friends. Thalassa is…

  • Hampshire Romsey
    Romsey: A Town on the Famous River Test

    Romsey: A Town on the Famous River Test

    The historic town of Romsey in Hampshire lies on the banks of the River Test which flows through it and its tributary, Fishlake Stream, that trickles along its streets. This pretty town is famous for its Norman Abbey and continues to uphold the tradition of regular markets in its Market Place and…

  • Dorset Swanage
    Flying Scotsman at Swanage, Dorset

    Flying Scotsman at Swanage, Dorset

    In the autumn of 2022 the iconic steam engine, the Flying Scotsman, was loaned to Swanage Railway based in Swanage, a seaside town in Dorset. For several days residents and visitors to the town could enjoy the thrilling sight of the Flying Scotsman travelling along the line between Swanage and…

  • Canary Islands Tenerife
    Puerto de la Cruz on Tenerife: My Highlights

    Puerto de la Cruz on Tenerife: My Highlights

    The natural beauty of Puerto de la Cruz has been exploited by the work of César Manrique and it is not only the oldest resort on Tenerife but remains the most popular on the island. I set out to discover why this should be by visiting some of its major attractions including the seafront, fishing…