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MARSEILLE - THE MELTING POT OF FRANCE
Marseille is France's oldest and second-largest city, founded by Greek seafarers in 600bc it's been a major trading point for over 2500 years. The city's past is important because it's this and its location that makes it the cultural melting pot it is today.
Barcelona - A City of Divine Inspiration
New year, new travel plans and how better to start than an early January escape to one of the cultural heavyweights of the world, the Catalonian capital city of Barcelona.
With a history dating back 2000 years and rebirth from dictatorship rule in the mid-1970s, Barcelona is a diverse and fascinating city and I’ve got just 36 hours to explore it…
Escape to Agios
Destination Beach and Waterside Chic
Travel is still slightly more complicated and research is needed’ but being double-jabbed means access is easier’ Greece is easier still. With entry requiring just one form’ another on return and a day 2 test,’ it’s not rocket science.
One thing Greece doesn’t struggle for is sunshine and wanting plenty of it I head to the most southerly of its islands’ large and luscious Crete.
Alvor, the Heart of the Algarve
2021 and the familiar pattern of travel confusion continues, but at last, with a scattering of destinations permitted, there's an actual real possibility of travel.
I last visited Portugal’s Algarve region around 20 years ago, still remembering my feeble attempt at golfing…
Tenerife, an Island of Giants
I last set foot on the island of Tenerife 22 years ago, just a young thing back then, working on cruise liners that would regularly call at Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the port of the island’s capital.
With only limited shore time extensive exploration wasn’t really an option. Fast forward to 2020 and I’m back, albeit in the middle of a global pandemic but in a window of permitted travel.
The Full English - A Staycation with Spirit
Go, don’t go, go, and don’t go...a frustratingly familiar pattern for travel destinations in 2020.
As Covid-19 continues its rampage plunging peoples travel plans into chaos, more and more of us are opting for a staycation. Apart from the horrific impact on the travel industry what better way is there to support our UK businesses than to holiday at home.
Finding My Fizz - A Sparkling Adventure Through Champagne
Months of lock down had really taken it's toll and lucky as I was to be well and working from home my travel bubble had truly burst. As soon as we were given the green light to get away I was on the road to the best source of much needed bubbles...France and the Champagne region! From vineyard-clad hillsides to glorious tastings in sumptuous surroundings we explored the finery of the region, its produce and re-inflated our bubbles with real ones.
Delicious St Lucia
A dream island and a dream trip but what lies beyond paradise beaches? With such a fertile landscape St Lucia produces in abundance, but did you know it also produces chocolate? I visited the gorgeous Rabat Estate by Hotel Chocolat and turned my hand to chocolate making!
CROWN PRINCESS - INTERVIEW - FOOD AND BEVERAGE DIRECTOR - OLIVER NEUBURGER
Aboard the Crown Princess in November 2019 one of the best things was indeed...the Food! Spoilt rotten I interviewed the Crowns Food and Beverage Director who tells me how they do it and a bit about himself!