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  • Four Days on the Isle of Man

    Four Days on the Isle of Man

    The Isle of Man is often described as a different kingdom and it is true - wherever you are, whatever the weather visitors will find something to entrance and delight. Myths and legends abound and historical buildings reflect a past painted by Celts, Vikings and Norsemen. Journeys on heritage railways, walks in glens and sightings of the abundant wildlife are just a few of the joys of being on this lovely island. Visit the House of Manannan, Celtic god of the sea, and let him guide you through its fascinating history and traditions.

  • Blenheim Palace – A Place for All Seasons

    Blenheim Palace – A Place for All Seasons

    Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire and home to the Duke of Marlborough and a richly deserved reputation as an all-year around attraction. Set amongst a Capability Brown landscaped park attractions include a variety of formal gardens. Inside the palace the state rooms have many a story to tell. And, the palace’s most famous visitor, Sir Winston Churchill is celebrated by a permanent exhibition and a memorial garden. roses in June, bluebells in spring, an all-season secret garden, fountains, state rooms, celebration of Winston Churchill,

  • Pop Up Somerset Puts the Glam into Glamping

    Pop Up Somerset Puts the Glam into Glamping

    Glamping or luxury camping is a great way to enjoy the countryside while enjoying the comforts associated with a hotel room. My Safari Suite at the Pop Up Somerset campsite exceeded all my expectations and it was an amazing experience. It was wonderful being so close to nature, enjoying a barbecue meal in good company and visiting Feltham’s Farm to taste its award winning cheeses.

  • Norma – A Unique Sicilian Restaurant in London

    Norma – A Unique Sicilian Restaurant in London

    Norma, a Sicilian restaurant in the London district of Fitzrovia is a cut above the many Italian restaurants in the capital city. Created by Ben Tish, Culinary Director at The Stafford London, it puts an unusual Moorish twist on its food and interior design. For lovers of good food and wine it is the place to dine.

  • New Guided Travel Articles on

    New Guided Travel Articles on

    Lockdown restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic meant travel abroad was strictly limited but I discovered that exploring my local area could be just as rewarding. I spent some time walking around the pretty, traditional English village of Shenley. And I discovered a fascinating river walk beyond the shopping malls of Watford. Both these places are in the English county of Hertfordshire. I did manage a brief sojourn in Latvia and its capital Riga before lockdown closed us down again. Guided travel articles of these destinations are now available on

  • A Dozen Delights in Dorset, England

    A Dozen Delights in Dorset, England

    As a county Dorset has everything a visitor could wish for. A rugged coast interspersed with miles of golden, sandy beaches. Beautiful landscapes in a fertile hinterland carpeting the rolling Purbeck hills. Lovely historic towns graced with beautiful architecture, independent shops and plenty of opportunities for a Dorset cream tea.

  • Staycations in the UK: City Breaks

    Staycations in the UK: City Breaks

    What a thrill it was to get up early one morning, walk and walk through the still sleeping town of Woodbridge to its Tide Mill on the River Deben. That day the mill was grinding flour, an operation that is reliant on the tide filling the mill pond. When the sluice gates are opened the water rushes out creating enough energy to grind flour between its huge mill stones. This working mill is a living museum telling the story of the mill that has been working for over eight hundred years.

  • Staycations in the Colourful Countryside of Britain

    Staycations in the Colourful Countryside of Britain

    Deep in shady trees of ancient Sherwood Forest is the amazing Sherwood Hideaway. A variety of tracks penetrate the surrounding woodland which can also be viewed from the cosy depths of individual hot tubs on the veranda of each wooden lodge. The lodges are spread around a large grassy clearing inside the forest and each has its own parking space. I felt very close to nature wallowing in my hot tub listening to the birds tweeting in the trees around me and hoping I might hear the frantic drilling of the resident woodpecker ...

  • Staycations by the Seaside in Britain

    Staycations by the Seaside in Britain

    King George III began visiting Weymouth in 1789 having declared on this first visit he had “never enjoyed a sight so pleasing.”  During his reign fresh air and bathing in the sea became recognised as being beneficial for good health and a cure for tuberculosis. A replica of his bathing hut is displayed at the far end of the wide Esplanade …

  • Five Top Places for a Day Out in England

    Five Top Places for a Day Out in England

    Beyond the formal gardens the River Path winds its way down to the banks of the privately owned Beaulieu River. This area is a very natural contrast to the formality of the gardens around the house. Other attractions include a bog garden and a huge rock garden. The latter, spread over an area of two acres is probably the largest of its kind in Europe. A miniature train trundles around the grounds at regular intervals ...

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