Home Blog

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 learn how to cook under the instruction of a top French chef, I jumped at the chance.That is why my partner and I found ourselves...

Switzerland: Geneva

As we sat outside a café in the old town of Geneva enjoying some mulled wine, I found myself pondering the paradox the city creates.It is a city in Switzerland, but the language is French.The headquarters of the United Nations are located there making it an international city, yet it feels very parochial.Of course, I didn’t ponder...

France: Strasbourg

My recent visit to Strasbourg was full of surprises, from the best airport to use (and it isn't even in France) to the food on offer, I spent four days in the city amazed at what I was discovering. Some describe Strasbourg as the ultimate European city, not only because it is the home of the European...

USA: Florida Keys

Key Largo, Islamorada, Key West The Beach Boys famous hit tells us "Off the Florida keys, there's a place called Kokomo……" Some people would debate as to whether Kokomo is an actual place or an imaginary one. Listening to the lyrics, perhaps it's a "state of mind". The song...

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 your brain is telling you “this is not normal, go back, go back”, while the adventurous part is telling you “look down, look down!”. That’s...

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 have watched enough movies to get that “deja-vu” feeling when I visited Los Angeles for the first time. That’s probably because there aren’t many places...

USA: St Louis MO

It’s not often one can say a particular trip was nearly 40 years in the planning. However, as I stood underneath the Gateway Arch in St Louis, Missouri recently, my mind wandered back to childhood, because when I wasn’t engrossed in comics or kids tv shows, I read through a series of “World Books” my parents...

Northern Ireland Spa Breaks

In the busy world we now live in, like me, you maybe find it difficult to switch off and relax. I’ve often been told about the benefits of spa breaks and how they actually do allow you to reset your inner self, a bit like switching a computer on and off again I suppose! It might...

USA: Rhode Island

As the smallest of the US states, you might think that Rhode Island is a “blink and you’ll miss it” kind of place. However, if you keep your eyes open, you will find that it is home to stunning colonial mansions, historic buildings, a vast array of culinary delights, pristine beaches and a homely charm missing...

Switzerland: Top of Europe

I’m sure most of you have read, or at least heard of, the famous Sherlock Holmes story where the famous detective takes on his nemesis, Moriarty, in a fight to the death at the Reichenbach Falls.I had the opportunity recently to visit the falls, and the Interlaken area, with around 80 members of the Sherlock Holmes Society.This...

Featured Articles