Christmas on the Isle of Man
This Christmas I wanted to go somewhere different and interesting and the Isle of Man seemed to be the ideal destination. We stayed in Douglas and had days out exploring the island. Christmas was a very relaxing day strolling along the sea front at Douglas - in gale force winds which was very exhilarating. This is my story in pictures.
Lynton & Lynmouth a Charming Harbour and Town
Lynton & Lynmouth is a two-tier town, a harbour on Lynmouth Bay and a small Victorian town on the cliff top. The journey between the two is made easier for pedestrians by the Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway. Snuggling into a small bay on the rugged North Devon coast and close to the stunning Exmoor National Park this area has much to recommend it for a short break or staycation. Three easy walks - a gradual climb up Hollerday Hill, an easy stroll along the Coast Path to the Valley of Rocks and a footpath through a gorge to Watersmeet ensure everyone can fully explore this beautiful place.
The Stafford London is Simply the Best
The Stafford London. an elegant yet cosy luxury hotel occupies an interesting assortment of historic buildings. These include three private residences that go back to the seventeenth century. Classical bedrooms and luxurious suites occupy the Carriage House and old stables and the ancient Wine Cellars feature a small museum. Great personalities, past and present, are linked with the Stafford whose rooms have many a tale to tell. A stay here is a unique experience.
The Excellent Eastbury Hotel & Spa in Sherborne, Dorset
The Eastbury Hotel & Spa is ideally situated close to the centre of Sherborne in Dorset which features two castles and an Abbey. Its lovely walled garden will make you feel you have travelled to another world not just a train journey from London. Thanks to the friendly and efficient staff, it is a real home from home – enhanced by the super food by chef Matt Street in the two rosette Seasons restaurant.
An Illuminated Trail at Kingston Lacy in Dorset
This December Kingston Lacey, a National Trust Property near Wimborne in Dorset has excelled with its Illuminated Walk featuring amazing feats of lights and lasers including a Neon Tree, a Heart Arch Walk, and the Christmas Cathedral linked by Snowflake Walks.
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 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
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 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 GPSmyCity.com
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 GPSmyCity.com.