Do you ever find yourself having a literal ‘pinch me’ moment? At the end of our fortnight we hit the tarmac, rolling out of the gleaming Dallas city centre – on our way back to Austin to sadly fly home – we headed for one last adventure to round out our Southern America roadtrip. We cruised along the long, smooth highways tucked in behind a semi-truck or two (how I preferred to drive whilst in… View Post

US Roadtrip Diary: Our Louisiana Plantation Stay

US Roadtrip Diary: Our Louisiana Plantation Stay

Leaving behind the zooming traffic of the motorway, we turned from the busy I-110 to a gently curving US Highway 61 shouldered by dark trees and the occasional Mom and Pop business. The late afternoon sun broke over the horizon and our SatNav announced that were almost at our destination, the Butler and Greenwood Plantation. Having followed the Mississippi River upstate from New Orleans slightly past the historic town of St. Francisville, we steered Bonnie… View Post

A Christmas corner of London: Oxford Street and …

A Christmas corner of London: Oxford Street and Picadilly Circus

I usually avoid Oxford Street and Picadilly Circus as much as possible, preferring to duck along the lesser visited lanes that run alongside the main thoroughfares the times I absolutely have to brave the area. The one month where I make an exception is December. It would be impossible to talk about London at Christmas without mentioning the shopping heart of my favourite city. Commercial greed and the chaos of thousands of visitors aside, each… View Post

A visit to the Roald Dahl Museum, Great …

A visit to the Roald Dahl Museum, Great Missenden

Even though I’m always chafing at the bit to get overseas (recently being accused of going away “too much” which is impossible in my estimation) I’ve consciously tried to explore my adoptive home island as much as possible. A friend coined the term ‘permatourism’ which is bang on the money – being a permanent tourist, even when in our home countries. Seaside trips, highland vacations, day trips to quirky museums, even London staycations where we… View Post

The 10 best castles in the world (IMHO)

The 10 best castles in the world (IMHO)

My inner princess never thought this was possible. My own country has a history of around 150 settled human years, so the magic of walking through thousands of years of Euopean history never quite loses the unique frisson of delight. This selection is my top 10 of the best castles in the world (well, in my honest opinion anyway!) Suits of armour that tell tales of bravery and hardship, kitchen hearths that fed hundreds of… View Post