My first ski trip was a blast. It was a university trip based in Westendorf, Austria and we were all beginners. We denuded the local trees of snow as we bounced from one to the other and slid backwards more often than we glided forwards.
Madonna di Campiglio
People often ask me and I often tell them that I do not know why I keep returning to the same place when I have a job that allows me to travel the world. I first visited Madonna di Campiglio in 1998 with a group organised by Solos Holidays.
Rooftops of Rome
I felt like a bird perched on the roof of St Peter’s flanked by rough-hewn statues of Jesus, eleven apostles and Saint John the Baptist …
Back to Sorrento
Sorrento is a favourite amongst wide range of holidays in the Solos Holidays brochure and I was very happy to return there recently and in particular to the elegant Hotel Tramontana that clings to the cliffs …
Muddy brown water swirled around my feet and threatened to lap over my shoes. I could feel myself sinking and screamed for help…
Tickets to Tuscany
“What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason!
how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how
express and admirable!”
This sentiment expressed by Shakespearedoes not immediately spring to mind when confronted with your nearest and dearest sprawled in front of the television
Celebrations on the Italian Riviera
Not even I am immune to the buzz of excitement that ripples through a crowd when a famous personage is around. A metallic Aston Martin Vanquish parked outside the casino was attracting a lot of interest and keeping the doorman on his toes …
Images of Guatemala
An early morning mist hung over Lake Yaxhá as our ancient but comfortable bus ground its way along the bumpy road swerving occasionally to avoid the small herds of pigs foraging in the verges. Some of my companions requested a photo stop – for a pig?
Icons of Iceland
Our neighbours at dinner, a group of Chinese tourists, leapt from their seats and began running to and fro shouting “Northern Lights, Northern Lights”.
Walks in Madonna di Campiglio
Many years ago the valley that is now occupied by the prosperous resort of Madonna di Campiglio was a poor, infertile, rock strewn region.