Category Archives: Nature

In search of Roman footsteps

My stories to date have almost exclusively covered those parts of Europe outside British shores, so in an attempt to redress the balance a little, I thought I’d give you a glimpse of England’s past and present, which I hope will make you consider a trip to our shores. Our flight two weeks ago took […]

A walk in the woods…

How time flies! It is hard to imagine that a year has gone by since I wrote about Halloween, and the celebrations of All Saints and All Souls. Well, a year did go by, and the lights in our hand-carved pumpkin went out late last night, after the busiest Halloween night I can ever remember. […]

Winter Wonders

If you had a snowy Christmas this year, you may think (or even wish) that winter is over and done with. You might well be right of course, especially if you stay in the UK. On the other hand, if , like me, you love the snow and if you and the kids are still […]

Coast to Coast

I have to admit it: I don’t much like beaches. The thought of sand sticking to my skin is not very appealing, and I really dislike not knowing what is underneath my feet when I walk into the sea… Of course none of this makes any sense to my kids, who love nothing better than […]

Midsummer Madness

Without a doubt, one of the most exciting train journeys we have taken during our backpacking holidays was the sleeper train from Tampere in Finland) to Rovaniemi, high up in the Arctic Circle.  We didn’t expect much really – a sleeper train after all is just the replacement of a bed in a hostel and […]

Images of Romania

As my plane sets off from Vienna Airport, heading south-east towards Romania, I am reminded of the fact that the river Danube travels through large parts of central Europe. Keen enthusiasts will know that if you follow ‘the great blue’ from start to finish, you will pass through cities such as Linz and Vienna (both […]

Where the Whales are….

When we were very little, my sister and I were lucky enough to be able to join my parents on Dad’s many work trips: lovely long journeys on big luxury passenger liners.  My memories are a bit patchy, but include double decker swings, elephants being hoisted onto the deck and Neptune arriving on board when […]