Wales in a week: 5 highlights

untitled-3We spent 5 days in Wales in August of this year. It wasn’t planned as a big holiday but grew out of an idea to spend some time with the Bradburys (my daughter and her family) whilst they were camping in Anglesey. Continue reading

3 Days in Durham

DSC03407This is my journal describing my recent short trip to Durham. It was written before this week’s referendum so the comment from my taxi driver on day 1 is very apposite. Despite the apparent similarities between Durham and Cambridge its referendum vote was very different. Continue reading

Trulli & Sassi: Mar/Apr 16

DSC02821We’re in the habit of taking a short break somewhere around the Mediterranean in the Spring or Autumn to escape the colder weather back home and at the same time to enjoy a little more of other countries’ cultures, cuisines and histories. This year we jetted off to Puglia and Basilicata down the bottom end of Italy where we enjoyed a week of sunshine, no rain, and 20 degree plus daytime temperatures. Continue reading

Villa Ratingen, Ratingen near Dusseldorf; 16 May 11

I don’t visit Germany very often these days so I enjoyed a quick trip over last week to visit InterPack, the big triennial packaging show in Dusseldorf. Hotels at the times of big shows double their prices and then double them again but I left it till the last-minute and got a really good deal at the Villa Ratingen, just 10 minutes from the airport. Continue reading