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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, are the days when they could get hours of enjoyment out of a bucket and spade on a beach or taking them to an amusement...

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...

Scotland: Isle of Jura

It’s not often my jaw hits the floor when I see a destination for the first time. However, as we flew in on the early flight from Glasgow to Islay, over the Paps of Jura, I sat open-mouthed at the stunning scenery.We got to see the views twice, as it happens, because the airport didn’t open until...

USA: Florida Roadside Attractions

I’ve long had a fascination with “Roadside Attractions” in the USA. I caught glimpses of some of these places while on a coast to coast rail trip a couple of years ago. However, a recent trip to Florida allowed me to take to the roads and discover some of these famous historic tourist traps for myself.

France: Paris

What is your experience of Paris? Crowded streets, Long Queues, that feeling of getting nowhere fast? Would you believe me if I told you that on a recent weekend break, my better half and I experienced none of those things, despite being very close to some of the city’s main attractions. We discovered the best way to...

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...

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...

Czech Republic – off the tourist trail

There’s nothing I like better than getting off the well-trodden tourist trail and finding places that aren’t too well known (as yet) to the international visitor.On a recent trip to the Czech Republic I was able to journey to small towns like Most, Zatec, Plzen and Tabor as well as spend a little time in the capital...

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 tripping over a man taking photos and interviewing folk in the drizzle, but surely that’s better than fighting your way through throngs of tourists all...

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