Belgravia, London photoblog

Belgravia is tucked between Westminster and  Kensington. It’s upscale, it oozes charm and breeding. I loved the fact that I happened on Eaton Square home of the Bellamy’s from Upstairs, Downstairs. I wandered around this area taking photographs of ‘pretty things’ which included classy shop windows, exquisite cafes and darling mews streets. It helped that […]

Waterloo Station, London

The Grey Traveller has used Waterloo station many times as the gateway for a trip to London. It serves the south of England and is one of several railway hubs across the capital. It lost its international status in recent years as it used to host Eurostar and that priviledge has now moved to  St Pancras  […]

Hovercraft trip from Southsea to Ryde

It takes just ten minutes to cross the Solent from the mainland to Ryde, Isle of Wight. It’s a seamless, efficient, comfortable and fast service to enjoy some island hopping. Tickets can be purchased online or on the day if available. Travellers are checked in and ushered to a comfortable waiting area with views of the Solent […]

Ryde, Isle of Wight -photoblog

From where I live I can see Ryde, it’s often the town that most new visitors see on a  first time island visit  if they have arrived by passenger ferry or hovercraft. It’s a seaside town with a long esplanade, family entertainment and a setting off point for coastal walks . Alternatively you can hop […]

Seaview, Isle of Wight – photoblog

  I arrived in Seaview having walked the coastal path from Ryde. Seaview is characterised by Victorian villas, sand and shingle beaches and great views across the Solent to Portsmouth. It’s Ryde’s quieter more genteel sister where you can plant yourself in the outside area of the Boathouse or the Seaview Hotel and while away a half hour sampling […]

Ryde to Seagrove Bay walk -photoblog

Great coastal path walk from bustling Ryde to the more genteel neck of the woods which is Seaview and Seagrove Bay. Most of the time we were in sight of the Solent, the forts and Spinnaker Tower although the path takes you inland momentarily where the coast is unsafe to scramble along. Arriving on the […]

Gin on the Tyne, Newcastle

I was a Newcastle virgin ’til recently but I am pleased to report that Newcastle  is a hot bed of gin establishments offering a wide choice and in particular a range of local gins. So gin has been the new trendy kid on the block in recent years but this old kid on the block […]