Florence: The Golden Turtle

Florence: The Golden Turtle

If you’re visiting Florence, then the chances are that the Piazza della Signoria will be on your to-do list. This ancient piazza abounds with the most fabulous architecture, sculpture and history. Every day the piazza is bustling with travellers and locals who...
Romance in Fort Lauderdale

Romance in Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale might not be the immediate place to come to mind when you’re thinking about planning a romantic vacation but it’s a wonderful place and its prices are much more reasonable than most exotic locations. And romance is certainly in the air here...
The Winchester Mystery House

The Winchester Mystery House

There are some people who think that Sarah Winchester was a complete nutcase. Others believe that she was guided by spirits to create her bizarre house – and that spirits still haunt the strange residence she built in San Jose. Sarah was the widow of William...
Sun Cruise Resort and Yacht: South Korea

Sun Cruise Resort and Yacht: South Korea

It looks as though a cruise ship has somehow managed to perch itself on the top of a cliff, doesn’t it? Well, it’s actually a building that was created to emulate a cruise ship, located in Jeongdongjin on the east coast of South Korea. It first opened its...
Madeira: Pearl of the Atlantic

Madeira: Pearl of the Atlantic

Lying off the north-west coast of Africa, about 250 miles north of the Canary Islands, the Portuguese island of Madeira is a veritable oasis in the Atlantic ocean and is regarded as one of Europe’s most beautiful all-year-round travel destinations with one...
Bled Island

Bled Island

The island is located in the middle of Lake Bled in North West Slovenia and it has a charming story and legend behind it. It goes like this: The island was originally a the site of an ancient temple dedicated for local pagans to worship Ziva, the goddess of love and...
Up Helly Aa: Shetland’s Fire Festivals

Up Helly Aa: Shetland’s Fire Festivals

VIKINGS! That cry would have sent shivers of terror through the occupants of many a village about to be attacked by those medieval marauders who were famed for their ferocity in battle and their seagoing skills. Fortunate indeed would be the farmer, villager or maiden...
Tour Morocco

Tour Morocco

I suspect that I’ve mentioned before – probably more than once – that the best trip I ever had was a tour of fabulous Morocco. Today, I want to let you know about a Moroccan tour I’ve discovered run by G Adventures that takes you to some of the...
The Dakota Building, New York

The Dakota Building, New York

When the Dakota Building was constructed in the 1800s in Manhattan, it stood on its own in an isolated position. Now it is surrounded by high rise buildings. Today it’s a place of pilgrimage for John Lennon fans as it’s the place where he lived in his...
Budapest: Shoes on the Danube Bank

Budapest: Shoes on the Danube Bank

Visit the banks of the Danube in Budapest and you might wonder why on earth there appears to be an untidy collection of old shoes just sitting there. But these are an art installation created as a memorial to people who were murdered in the Second World War. These...
La Boca: Buenos Aires

La Boca: Buenos Aires

La Boca is a lively – and very colourful – neighbourhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  You can see from the photographs just how colourful and quirky this area is and it is becoming increasingly popular with visitors. It reminds me a little of Havana, with...
Edinburgh Military Tattoo: what a spectacle!

Edinburgh Military Tattoo: what a spectacle!

In the month of August every year Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city, resounds to the sound of the pipes and drums of massed pipe bands as they come together for three weeks as part of the Edinburgh Festival (a term for the many cultural and performance events held in...
Movie Locations: Port Isaac, Cornwall

Movie Locations: Port Isaac, Cornwall

When i was a child we used to go to Cornwall (in the south-west of England) every year. It’s still one of my favourite places in the UK. Port Isaac is a picturesque fishing village which is typical of the area and has been used as the location for several films...
Mexico: La Isla de las Muñecas

Mexico: La Isla de las Muñecas

As far as I’m concerned La Isla de las Muñecas is a decidedly creepy place but nevertheless it’s a must to visit, if only because of that creepiness. It’s located on a chinampa – a floating garden – on the canal about an hour away from...
Oxford: The Pitt Rivers Museum

Oxford: The Pitt Rivers Museum

This strange but totally fascinating place is a must when you’re visiting Oxford in England. There are so many things to see and do in the area and the Pitt Rivers Museum – which is hidden away – should definitely be on your list. The exhibits are...
Australia’s Surfing Secret

Australia’s Surfing Secret

If you’re a complete beginner at surfing – or even an expert – you’ll be sure to enjoy this eight day Australian surf tour which includes several days at a remote and secret surf beach camp. Your adventure will start in Sydney and you’ll...
Movie Locations: Groundhog Day

Movie Locations: Groundhog Day

Although the 1993 movie Groundhog Day was set in Punxsutawney (which I can’t even begin to pronounce) it was actually filmed in Woodstock, Illinois. And if you visit the place there are several places you can see that were featured in the film (many even have...
Taupo, New Zealand: McDonald’s

Taupo, New Zealand: McDonald’s

Taupo is on many travellers’ wish list. There is so much to see and do there. Adventures to experience. Sights to see. Fun to be had. But there’s yet another excellent reason to visit Taupo. To go to the local McDonald’s. Yes, McDonald’s. Fast...
The Anchor Bar, Buffalo, New York

The Anchor Bar, Buffalo, New York

I love finding interesting places to eat and it’s even better if the places have an historical interest or some other claim to fame. That’s why I suggest that you visit the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York. If you’re on a culinary tour of interesting...
Visit Popeye Village

Visit Popeye Village

In the summer of 1979, Paramount Pictures and Walt Disney Productions came together to begin a project. They sent over 160 workers and huge amounts of construction materials to Anchor Bay – a small cove on the island of Malta. Within eight months the...
Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake, Iowa

Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake, Iowa

Thousands of people visit the Surf Ballroom every year and many of these visits could be considered as musical pilgrimages. Because going to Surf Ballroom is like going back in time to the early days of rock ‘n’ roll as this venue played an important role...
Literary Lyme Regis

Literary Lyme Regis

Just over 150 miles south west of London is Lyme Regis – a small coastal town with fascinating literary connections. People have been living there since ancient times and it’s a fascinating place to visit. One of its attractions is the number and variety...
The Isle of Arran – Scotland in miniature

The Isle of Arran – Scotland in miniature

Many tourists who visit Scotland will want to spend a few days on one of the islands off the west coast. Known as the hebrides the most visited is probably the Isle of Skye (famous for the Cuillin mountains) since it has been connected to the mainland by a bridge...
Visit La Piscine: Roubaix, France

Visit La Piscine: Roubaix, France

If you understand basic French then don’t worry, I’m not suggesting that you visit a swimming pool. Well, not quite. La Piscine (meaning the swimming pool) used to be just that, having been built in the northern French city of Roubaix for the benefit of...
Lingotto Building: Turin, Italy

Lingotto Building: Turin, Italy

There are many reasons to visit the Lingotto Building in Turin. It houses a fabulous hotel, concert halls, a convention centre, theatres, shopping centres and more. But it’s also an incredible building – with a history. Construction of the building started...
Miami’s Ancient Spanish Monastery

Miami’s Ancient Spanish Monastery

One of my favourite places to visit in the Miami area is the 12th century St. Bernard de Clairvaux Church – known as the Ancient Spanish Monastery. It’s such a calm and peaceful place especially in contrast to the hustle and bustle of Miami today. But if...
Krämerbrücke, Erfurt, Germany

Krämerbrücke, Erfurt, Germany

Krämerbrücke means “Merchant’s Bridge’ and this particular bridge is more like a small village spanning the river Breitstrom. It’s located in the city of Erfurt – which still has much of its original medieval architecture. The original...
Cruise the Ganges with National Geographic

Cruise the Ganges with National Geographic

Did you know that the famed National Geographic offers exciting tours? One of their most popular destination is India and they even offer a twelve day cruise down the River Ganges. You’ll see places that can only be experienced from the river and there are...
Edinburgh Writers’ Museum

Edinburgh Writers’ Museum

If you are vacationing in Scotland and are thinking of visiting Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh (and what tourist doesn’t?) you may wish to include in your itinerary a visit to some of Edinburgh’s museums. The city has some wonderful museums but if you are of a...
The Queen Mother’s home in Scotland

The Queen Mother’s home in Scotland

In 1952, just after the death of her husband King George VI, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, better known today as ‘The Queen Mother’ bought a 450-year-old rundown castle in the far north of Scotland as a place to ‘get away from everything’. She oversaw the restoration of the...
Visit Frankenstein Castle

Visit Frankenstein Castle

Yes, there really is a genuine Frankenstein Castle and it is open to the public. It’s in Germany (as you would expect) and overlooks the city of Darmstadt. It was originally built in the thirteenth century and it’s thought that it provided Mary Shelley,...
Taste of Mexico Tour

Taste of Mexico Tour

Mexican cuisine is one of the world’s most popular food styles, especially in the USA. But how about travelling to Mexico and experiencing the authentic food there? You’ll visit restaurants, cafés and food market to discover Mexican food as it truly should...
Visiting Australia: Melbourne Tours

Visiting Australia: Melbourne Tours

Melbourne is an amazing city. With so much to see and do, there’s definitely something for everyone. Below, see details of a few Melbourne tours that are just a little different. You can learn more about these tours here Biking is incredibly popular in Melbourne...
Shekhawati, India. Abandoned Mansions

Shekhawati, India. Abandoned Mansions

If you have a bucket list, then the region of Shekhawati in India should be on it. But it’s a good idea to place it near the top of the list – one of its most interesting features many not be there for long… In the 18th and 19th century, this was a...
Scotland’s dead end!

Scotland’s dead end!

Probably best known as one of the two furthest apart points accessible by road on the British mainland, the village of John o’ Groats lies way, way up on the northeast corner of Scotland some 876 miles from its southern counterpart, Land’s End at the southwest corner...
The Stanley Hotel, Colorado: Spooky

The Stanley Hotel, Colorado: Spooky

In 1974, novelist Stephen King and his wife stayed for one night at the Stanley Hotel in Colorado. Their room number was 217. The hotel was closing for the season and King and his wife were the only guests. The Stanley is a huge hotel and as you can imagine, being the...
Chefchaouen, Morocco: Sapphire City

Chefchaouen, Morocco: Sapphire City

The first time I went to Morocco, Chefchaouen wasn’t a place to visit. It was the sort of place that visitors simply drive past en route from Tangier to Fes, Although it is a medieval town, it had little – well, nothing – to attract the tourist. But...
Take a ride on the Falkirk Wheel

Take a ride on the Falkirk Wheel

If you are spending any amount of time in central Scotland there is one tourist attraction and impressive feat of engineering you really must visit! Connecting two largely disused waterways the Falkirk Wheel, the largest ‘functional sculpture’ you are likely to see...
Drive your Favourite Supercar in Yorkshire

Drive your Favourite Supercar in Yorkshire

What would you like to drive at high speed? Would you choose a Porsche, a Lamborghini, an Aston Martin (my own choice), a Ferrari? All these and more are available for you to drive in scenic North Yorkshire. This also makes a great gift for the petrol-head in your...
Champagne Tea for Two: Blenheim Palace

Champagne Tea for Two: Blenheim Palace

If you’re visiting England, then consider visiting the fabulous Blenheim Palace. Not only that, but enjoy seeing the splendour of the palace and its grounds and then enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea – complete with champagne. See how the other...
Sailing in the British Virgin Islands

Sailing in the British Virgin Islands

Imagine yourself aboard a sparkling catamaran in the calm waters of the British Virgin Islands. Picture yourself snorkelling in reefs unknown to most people, exploring mystical caves and hiking to remote beauty spots. Visit the islands – the catamaran is your...
Come and see darkest Scotland!

Come and see darkest Scotland!

Most tourists who visit Scotland head for the highlands and islands for the spectacular scenery or maybe to the big cities of Glasgow or Edinburgh to soak up some of the culture but for those with a couple of days to spare or who are seeking something a bit different...
Don’t Miss a Key West Sunset Cruise

Don’t Miss a Key West Sunset Cruise

I’m so lucky that I live in Florida. This means that I have lost count of the number of times I have enjoyed seeing the sun setting from Mallory Square in Key West. It’s always a wonderful experience. However, the absolute best way to enjoy the spectacle...
Scottish monsters and magic on the ‘Jacobite’

Scottish monsters and magic on the ‘Jacobite’

‘’It’s by Shiel water the track is to the west, by Ailort and by Morar to the sea.’’ These lines are from a well-known traditional Scottish song ‘’The Road to the Isles’’ describing a weary travellers’ journey and the long road he must travel to reach his home...
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