Looking past the headlines in Bristol

In 2020, Bristol was in the news quite a bit, but not for the right reasons. The toppling of slave trader Edward Colston’s statue during a Black Lives Matter protest kicked off a huge debate about how the UK should deal with its history of profiting from the slave trade. The furore still continues inContinue reading “Looking past the headlines in Bristol”

Behind the turrets of Tallinn

After the non-event that was Christmas, missing out on our annual end of December trip away was a bitter pill to swallow. With no prospect of travel for some time to come, it’s back to the archives again if I want to blog at all. So today I’m heading back to December 2018 and theContinue reading “Behind the turrets of Tallinn”

Salisbury loves Lizzie

Today I’m heading to Wiltshire, to the medieval cathedral city of Salisbury. Believed by many to be the loveliest town in Britain, it hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons in September 2018, with the Novichok poisonings of Sergei and Yulia Skripal. Are you sure it’s safe? asks the husband, proof that mud sticksContinue reading “Salisbury loves Lizzie”

The curious case of Gibraltar

Time for the holiday shuffle again. We originally booked an October trip to the Paris Motor Show but that went down the plughole months ago. A short break in Sardinia was the next option, and then Italy introduced testing for UK visitors – too much hassle. Just take me anywhere in Europe, says the husband,Continue reading “The curious case of Gibraltar”

Vienna then and now

Oh Vienna! If you’re of a certain age you will immediately hear the soulful voice of Midge Ure. You’ll probably hum it all day – I have been since I started writing this, luckily I’m an Ultravox fan. Many moons ago, I spent a year working in this city as part of my languages degree.Continue reading “Vienna then and now”

Sun, sea and sandwiches in San Sebastian

I love Spain. I associate it with fabulous, carefree childhood holidays in the sun with my parents and three siblings. Dad ran his own business, but back then you could completely escape by jumping on a plane. No-one could contact you – you could have been on the moon! And hotel buffets meant unlimited portionsContinue reading “Sun, sea and sandwiches in San Sebastian”

Thank you for the music Stockholm!

As a lifelong Abba fan, Stockholm was always going to be on my list of must-see destinations. I had to visit the Abba museum. Not sure the husband was quite so excited about it. As a kid, I was mad about Abba, constantly singing the songs, ’cause everyone listens when I start to sing… IContinue reading “Thank you for the music Stockholm!”

Easter in Prague (obviously not in 2020!)

It’s the Easter long weekend and we usually go away, but this year we won’t be going anywhere more exotic than The Back Yard. So I’m thinking wistfully of last Easter’s trip to Prague. I first visited Prague back in 1991 when I was living in Vienna. The Velvet Revolution which overthrew Communist rule hadContinue reading “Easter in Prague (obviously not in 2020!)”

Edinburgh: A tale of two cities

If you haven’t been to Edinburgh yet, why not? It’s gorgeous. A beautiful city brimming with history, atmosphere and fun-loving locals. But you may not be aware that it actually feels like two separate towns facing each other across the green ravine of the Princes Street Gardens. The Old Town to the south is aContinue reading “Edinburgh: A tale of two cities”

My favourite places: Lisbon

Watching Rick Stein’s Long Weekends (we love him, Padstow is on the wishlist), he raved about the seafood in Lisbon. ‘Why haven’t we been there?’ we wondered. In fact, I’d never been to mainland Portugal, horror!Better book something quick. Lisbon is definitely a bit underrated. Nowhere near the top 10 of European capitals despite theContinue reading “My favourite places: Lisbon”

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