Reasons to stay in the Titanic Quarter in Belfast

I happened on the Titanic Quarter almost by accident when surfing the Airbnb site for potential places to stay for a long weekend in Belfast. Arc Apartments popped up and the location was a godsend. Being a traveller of a certain age I didn’t particularly want an area where I might be disturbed by the late night […]

Shanklin Old Village – a photoblog

It’s that time of the year again when the lovely Isle of Wight calls us over for a coastal walk, this time we are staying at the exceptional Haven Hall Hotel in Shanklin and before checking in we enjoyed lunch at Vernon Cottage. We had time to explore and photograph this quaint tourist spot. If the cars were […]

Why I love my Inkerman Journal

It is sheer luxury writing in my Inkerman journal….. a very special present given to me by much missed work colleagues as I moved from Geography teacher to full time travel blogger. It has a beautiful soft leather cover monogramed with the letter D, A5 in size so neatly fits into a handbag or backpack and even […]

Three historic cafes in Buenos Aires

El Ateneo Grand Splendid Cafe Tortoni La Biela If I had to choose I couldn’t, each of these grand old ladies served us well in authenticity and food. Buenos Aires is an elegant city and these cafes contribute to an old fashioned slightly European charm that Buenos Aires imbues. When the feet become tired and the throat needs […]

Sugarloaf Mountain

The visit to Sugarloaf Mountain was my highlight of a recent trip to Rio. The iconic shots of Rio over the years always include either Christ the Redeemer or Sugarloaf. We chose the golden ticket which allows you to bypass the queues and even enjoy a glass of bubbly whilst waiting. The large aerial car lifts you up […]

Latest travel rant alert!

Those that know me  or read me know that I sometimes rant about other travellers, today is no different. On a recent flight from Rio I was disgusted to find in the toilet that the person in front  of me did not clean the sink round after use….despite  British Airways clearly indicating that one should do just that! Secondly […]

Do you buy souvenirs?

………………..me ……………….only sometimes, if perhaps some small trinket catches my eye, is especially appealing or is likely to evoke a special memory. It has to be small as I’m unlikely to have much if any luggage space. I did buy a colourful mug in  Buenos Aires as the colours were bright and the mugs did not appear […]

Copacabana Beach;Rio

You can not go to Rio without visiting the iconic wide strip of sand that is Copacabana Beach. You can not visit Copacabana Beach without humming …..her name was Lola, she was showgirl …or at least I couldn’t! Yes Copacabana with its crashing waves, surfers, swimmers, footballers, beach venders and beach bars. It has to […]

Visiting Christ the Redeemer

Our concierges at Copacabana Palace managed to get some last minute tickets to see Christ the Redeemer up close. We were visiting Rio at a time when there was a lot of mist so visiting earlier had not been an option. We enjoyed the half hour ride on the vernacular railway and watched the lights turn on […]