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  • San Gimignano – breakfast with the workers, lunch with the tourists and dinner with the locals

    San Gimignano – breakfast with the workers, lunch with the tourists and dinner with the locals

    When I got up and threw open the heavy wooden shutters I was very surprised to find that my room overlooked the Tuscan countryside surrounding San Gimignano. It was so beautiful ...

  • Tea and Tortoises on Mauritius

    Tea and Tortoises on Mauritius

    Tea and tortoises may seem a strange combination but odd mixtures are one of the many charms of my favourite exotic beach destination, the island of Mauritius. Whereas I love exotic destinations I do not relish the idea of spending day after day languishing on a beach. I like a variety of activities to fill some of my time and my next three blog posts will explore the possible diversions here.

  • Port Louis and Pamplemousses on Mauritius

    Port Louis and Pamplemousses on Mauritius

    Mauritius in the Indian Ocean is an entrancing mixture of old and new, lagoons and mountains and Africa and Asian. As we journeyed from our base at the Tamassa Resort in the southern part of the island we had glimpses through the tree-lined road of sandy coves penetrating a rocky coastline.

  • A South Island Tour on Mauritius

    A South Island Tour on Mauritius

    As we were based in the southern part of the island at the fabulous Tamassa Resort it was not far to our first stop – a lake formed in a volcanic crater – a reminder that Mauritius is a volcanic island …

  • A Guide in Guatemala

    A Guide in Guatemala

    Travel is not only about destinations but also about the people you meet while you are there. Here is my story about a guide I met in Guatemala ...

  • The Sound of Stefano

    The Sound of Stefano

    I have always been proud of being British and my heritage than includes the Changing of the Guard, Trooping the Colour and fish and chips but the British Brass Band was never on my list, that is, until I met Stefano ...

  • Déjà Vu and Delicious Cakes in Westendorf, Austria

    Déjà Vu and Delicious Cakes in Westendorf, Austria

    Westendorf is memorable for most people because it is such an attractive little village with good skiing and great aprés ski. For me it is also memorable because it is the resort where I learnt to ski and to appreciate the café culture of Austria …

  • Lost Luggage - How I Coped and What I Learnt

    Lost Luggage - How I Coped and What I Learnt

    I was thrilled at the prospect of eight weeks travelling through India – a mixture of work and leisure. After two weeks, when I took my first group of tourists to Delhi airport I changed my routine. Because I was staying in India I did not, as usual, separate my hold luggage and hand luggage (essentials) but instead I pushed everything into my holdall. It was an action I was to regret for the next five weeks because, after it was loaded onto our bus, I never saw that holdall again...

  • Marwell Zoo – My Self-Guided Safari Walk

    Marwell Zoo – My Self-Guided Safari Walk

    “I can’t remember how much I spent on animals but I do remember selling my Rolls Royce to buy some zebras” So said John Knowles, founder of Marwell Zoo in 1972 and now home of the biggest collection of ungulates in Europe.

  • Trentino Cuisine - Comfort Food, the first of Three Themes

    Trentino Cuisine - Comfort Food, the first of Three Themes

    The cuisine of Trentino, a region in Northern Italy, has three themes, comfort food, apples and ham and cheese. In this article I will consider its comfort food and in particular polenta …

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