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A Selection of our Recent Articles

WW1 Events in Ireland

WW1 Events in Ireland

With the centenary of the First World War approaching, the nations that fought in the war are commemorating the event in different ways, Continue reading

Front Page Exhibition at Old Gala House in Galashiels

Front Page Exhibition at Old Gala House in Galashiels

The ‘Front Page’ exhibition of iconic magazine covers┬áruns until 8 June 2014 at the Old Gala House museum and gallery in Galashields in Continue reading

Visiting the Norwegian Fjords

Visiting the Norwegian Fjords

The Norwegian fjords, featured in the VisitNorway.com video below, look so majestic and pristine. I haven’t been to Norway, but it’s on my Continue reading

Discovering Roman Sites in Paris

Discovering Roman Sites in Paris

Unlike many southern French cities, Paris tends not to be associated with a Roman past. Some guidebooks barely mention their presence at all, Continue reading

Review of Colina Mar Apartments, Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria

Review of Colina Mar Apartments, Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria

We stayed at the Colina Mar Apartments in Puerto Rico in Gran Canaria for three nights in December 2013. The price for a Continue reading

Scott's View near St Boswells in the Scottish Borders

Scott's View near St Boswells in the Scottish Borders

Scott’s View was a favourite viewing point of the Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott, author of Ivanhoe and Rob Roy. It’s located close Continue reading

Review of Roca Negra Hotel & Spa in Agaete, Gran Canaria

Review of Roca Negra Hotel & Spa in Agaete, Gran Canaria

We stayed at the Roca Negra Hotel & Spa in Agaete, in the north-west coast of Gran Canaria, for two nights in December Continue reading

Photo Tour of the Geffyre Museum in London

Photo Tour of the Geffyre Museum in London

I always like to visit less well known attractions when I’m in London. I had a look at what was within striking distance Continue reading

Some Good Late Availability Deals on Travelzoo

Some Good Late Availability Deals on Travelzoo

If you’re looking for last minute deals, Travelzoo have some great offers. I’ve picked a few of my favourite late availability holidays from Continue reading

Visiting the London Canal Museum

Visiting the London Canal Museum

I saw a sign for the London Canal Museum as I walked up York Place to start my stroll along the Regent’s Canal Continue reading

Review of Cosmo Restaurant in Edinburgh

Review of Cosmo Restaurant in Edinburgh

I had lunch with one of our sons at the Cosmo Restaurant, beside Edinburgh’s Omni Centre, on a Friday in late February. We’d Continue reading

Ferry Versus Plane for Holidays in France

Ferry Versus Plane for Holidays in France

Brittany Ferries’ infographic highlights some of the advantages of travelling from the UK to France by ferry versus plane.

The comparison is based on Continue reading