From Shanghai we embarked the 15 hour overnight train to Xi’an.  I had heard lots of stories from friends about their experiences on the overnight trains in China but from 7 years ago, I think its fair to say it has changed, or maybe I was more prepared. There are many reasons to join a small […]

15 minutes into the BBC’s first episode of The Silk Road and I was researching trips to China with my favourite small tour operator – Intrepid.  I had always wanted to visit China but always thought I should give it a decent amount of time – it’s so big!  Suddenly feeling inspired but lack of […]

Following on from my cheeky weekend in Venice I transferred from Venice to Piran in Slovenia by GoOpti.  I can’t recommend them enough for the simplicity of getting from one place to another.  I tend to use companies like this for across border journeys where normally I would have to do a train, bus and maybe […]

Recently, I’ve had some very good Australian friends staying with me.  I sent them off for a good few days of ticking off all those classic London attractions that everyone should see on their first visit …. then it’s my time to be tourist guide…… Spoiler alert for any future guests, but I do have a standard […]

My first visit to Venice was way back in 1996 on a orchestra tour of Lake Garda and surroundings.  Since that first visit I had longed to return, finally twenty years later I booked a cheeky weekend before heading off to Slovenia for a weeks adventure.  As I had been before and already ticked off the main sights and […]

Whilst I’m not particularly religious, I do have a fascination of religious cultures across the world. I guess my interest started when I studied Hinduism and Judaism at A Level and travelling around the world where in some places religion is the main factor in family life, you can’t help but not ignore these ways of […]

Brunching seems to inadvertently become my new weekend hobby habit…. I lived in Australia back in 2009 and loved how well avocados were put to use, avo & poached eggs on sourdough was a firm favourite, or simply just avo as a spread in sandwiches.  I came back to London and never forget asking for avocado […]