Latvia diaries, part one

In 2014 I travelled to Latvia with the Duke of Lancaster’s Second Regiment as part of the United Nations’ ‘Exercise Silver Arrow’ – a massive…

Caribbean notes in balmy St Lucia

  Sit down. Close your eyes. And picture the scene. The air is warm, a light breeze is blowing and a brief, barely there, shower is…

Linthwaite in the Lakes

Linthwaite Hotel I love the Lake District. Even though it always rains harder than anywhere else on earth, the hills and dales of the Lakes…

Tales from Tallinn, Estonia

The glorious sun is shining down on my shoulders, already relaxed from the heavenly massage in the hotel Elemis spa. In my hand a glass…

Copenhagen, probably

Copenhagen. Probably the best city in the world. A confident assertion, based on the advertising slogan of a very successful export and written in huge letters…

A Mauritian idyll

Once upon a time a small, fat, stupid, flightless bird lived on a beautiful, volcanic, island fringed by some of the world’s most beautiful white sand…

Travel: Scilly island hopping, UK

  The one where I went island hopping and kept a Scilly diary… Friday 11am. Newquay airport. Can smell sea and already feels like holidays. Arrived along…