Portrait of Blackpool – Winter on the Fylde Coast

My hometown of Blackpool is a caricature of the traditional Lancashire seaside resort; sticks of rock, garbage covered, crowded beaches at the merest hint of sun, booze fuelled parties and miles of amusement arcades. Families used to traipse around from one attraction to the other in the height of summer, these are in decline now however. The drunken stag and …

Kensington House Hotel, London; A Review

KENSINGTON HOUSE HOTEL 15-16 Prince of Wales Terrace, London, England W8 5PQ UK Telephone: +44 (0) 207 937 2345 Facsimile: +44 (0) 207 368 6700 reservations@kenhouse.com The hospitality industry has undergone a minor revolution in recent years; many hotels now offer improved facilities and standards of service. Especially within the luxury hotel market we now have higher expectations and luxury …

Villages & Hamlets – Favourite Travel Destinations

Villages are small townships and one of those evocative words, which can conjure up specific images in most of us. Small attractive homes, often built in traditional stone, maybe just a public house or restaurant and a village store, this charm is attractiver to all. Those of us in the United Kingdom can identify with the small rural communities portrayed …

Snap – Don’t ‘star’ in the next adventure travel video

Imagine the scenario; having just taken that first leap of faith, hurling yourself into thin air from a platform only attached to a thick piece of rubber band. The sensation of falling is terrifying but exhilarating, then just as the band begins to slow your descent and the anticipated stopping point is reached there is a horrendous ‘crack’. Instead of …

Cultural Aveyron; Enchanting Villages and Mystical Castles

It surprised me to discover the Midi-Pyrénées is the largest region in mainland France and is larger than the Netherlands. I visited the Aveyron, tucked away in the South-West of the Massif Central. It is extensively wooded, the deep valleys providing lines of communication between the many towns and villages. The landscape is dominated by deep clefts gouged out by …

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What’s so Great about Britain?

“Britain; Overpriced & overrated“ The Lonely Planet’s new guide to Great Britain has just been published and although the author David Else has some good things to say, he is has also been less than complimentary the United Kingdom. Restaurants, accommodation and some tourist attractions of the United Kingdom apparently just do not deliver, “over priced or lacking in quality.” …