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USA: New Orleans

The first thing I noticed in New Orleans was music.  It was everywhere, whether it was the lone saxophonist playing his melancholy lament on the Riverwalk, the 5 piece belting out a lively jazz number at Jackson Square or the blues band in “La Maison” bar on Frenchmen Street. Music seems to provide the pulsating beat for...

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.

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...

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...

Poland – 4 cities roadtrip

Regular readers will know that if there is an easy way of travelling somewhere, I will more than likely do the exact opposite.Most people intending to visit Krakow find they can fly direct from Belfast or Dublin and be enjoying a Zywiec beer on the city’s Rynek Glowny within a few hours of leaving the house. However,...

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. The Amtrak Pacific Surfliner lived up to its name after about 30 minutes of traversing the vast suburbs of the city when I finally caught...

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...

Malta & Gozo

If you are looking for somewhere to forget the hustle and bustle of your daily life, I may have found just the place. However, this is between you and me – don’t go telling all your friends our little secret!Gozo is one of the islands in the Maltese archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. The island is reached...

Bristol & Bath

When I suggested to my two younger sons that I might take them away as a joint birthday present, one said, Spain would be nice, the other said a cruise would be great and both said, wherever it is, can we fly there. So you can only imagine their surprise when I announced that we were going...

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, I thought it was high time to make a return trip. The Isle of Man is a fascinating and unique place. It is not part...

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