Northern Ireland adventures

If you are a parent of teenagers, you have probably thought long and hard about how to prise them away from their games console or TV over the summer months.  Long gone, of course,...

USA: Los Angeles

As my fiancée will testify, I am not a big movie buff. Invariably, she will say “have you seen…” and name a famous big-name film. My answer is invariably “no”.However, I must...

France: French House Party

It has to be said that when it comes to being creative in the kitchen, I get a lot of assistance from Aunt Bessie and Uncle Ben.So when the opportunity arose to...

Isle of Man

Driving down the seaward side of the Ards Peninsula in Northern Ireland, I often find myself looking out at the views towards the Isle of Man. Having last visited 10 years ago,...

USA: Chicago

As a way of getting your bearings, standing 103 floors above a city in a glass-bottomed pod attached to one of the world’s tallest buildings is certainly an eye-opener.The sensible part of...

Germany: Romantic Rhine

Whilst some people might think I am slightly mad, I really enjoy going to tourist areas out of season.Yes, some businesses might be closed and the locals might wonder why they kept...

Liverpool & North Wales

Experience has taught me the art of getting lost. Obviously with a phone in my pocket, it’s not that difficult to find out where I am, but it’s only on wandering around a new...

USA: Santa Barbara

I guessed I was heading somewhere slightly different when I was joined in the train queue at LA’s Union Station by people bringing bicycles, skateboards and full size surfboards.

France: Normandy

Coming face to face with a hungry albino alligator was not something I realised could happen in rural Normandy.Luckily, unlike the nearby giant tortoises, this one was not roaming freely at the...

Northern Irish Roadtrip

When someone mentions Roadtrip, where springs to mind? Route 66 in the USA perhaps or Route 1 in Portugal. However, you might be surprised to learn one of the world’s most scenic drives is,...

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