Elephants Everywhere

Elephants never forget- and the experience of seeing so many in one place in Sri Lanka is something i’ll never forget.

Captivating Cartagena

When I first set eyes on Cartagena the vibrant colourful buildings and hot tropical air first captured my senses. This was one of the most beautiful places I had ever visited and I was instantly smitten. Walking around Cartagena and its historic streets is a must for any visitor to Colombia. The old houses with…

Meeting the Locals in Medellin

Santiago is 17 years old and taking me on a tour of his neighbourhood in Medellin. St Javier or Comuna 13 was once the most dangerous district in Medellin where violence was the norm and no tourist in their right mind would visit. 10 per cent of all murders took place here and the area…

On the Road to Santa Fe De Antioquia

I rose at dawn in Santa Fe de Antioquia, restless from the heat but enchanted by the beauty of this town. As I crept through the streets taking pictures of colourful houses immaculately painted, a few locals sat nonchalantly in the park under the shade of a tamarind tree. A tuk tuk stood on a…

An Explosive Evening in Salento

  There are two things that strike a newcomer to Salento in Colombia’s Armenian coffee growing district. The brightly coloured buildings resplendent with their contrasting shaded balconies and shutters give the town an air of fun. The second noticeable thing is the steepness of the streets as Salento was built on hills. The third thing…

Walking the Causeway at St Michael’s Mount

Snaking across the sands at Marazion the causeway to St Michael’s Mount only reveals itself at low tide. As a child I was captivated by the castle in the sea in Mounts Bay. Overlooking the town of Marazion and dominating Mount’s Bay St Michael’s Mount looks like a fairytale castle in the sea. I used…

The Perfect Gin and Tonic

It was William of Orange who introduced gin to England when he came to the throne in 1688. Overnight the nation turned into a country of gin drinkers as it grew in popularity. In 1793 the Blackfriars Distillery started making gin for the Royal Navy. In those days gin was served for officers and was…

Visiting SeaCity

When I was small I remember visiting Southampton to meet my grandparents after their many cruise holidays. Their tales of adventure in far away countries had me reaching for the atlas and planning my journeys. In short, it inspired a lifetime of travel. I noticed Sea City as I walked through Southampton and couldn’t resist…

Spring Walks and Longer Days

Each year I try to discover something new within a few miles of home. Sometimes the most beautiful places are literally on our doorsteps and are there waiting to be explored. Local footpaths in England are a joy and a wonderful way to see nature at its best. I just had to walk out of…