City Breaks



At the mouth of the Douro river, the gateway to a world of food, wine and vibrant culture.



A port city on the Pacific Ocean famous for its cosmopolitanism and cuisine


Ucluelet is at the other end of Long Beach from Tofino, and has a quite different feel to it. If Tofino is chic and fashionable, Ucluelet is more casual, dingier and more dowdy, but I felt it had a more easy-going and authentic feel. We walked along the Wild Pacific...


Nanaimo had a rather slow pace, it felt almost worn out rather than laid back. We initially missed the town altogether, by walking down to the extensive marina, and when we did locate it, there was a definite feeling of lassitude. The boat in the harbour that has,...


  We stayed with friends in a huge, lovely house on the sea, looking out onto the Ferry terminal and the coal loading terminal nearby, and we spent a great time with them talking about travel and the state of the world. Tsawwassen has a suburban feel but is named...


Porto – Roll Out the Barrel

Porto lies at the mouth of the Douro river, and is the gateway to a world of food, wine and vibrant culture.

Lewes, East Sussex

We moved here in 1997, on the strength of having enjoyed a pint in one of the many local pubs. Lewes is the historic county town of East Sussex, twinned with Waldshut- Tiengen in Germany and the royal town of Blois in France. It is a town that has always punched above...

Reading Hamburg

Let's face it: I am passionate about bookshops. New or old, I feel at home as soon as I cross the threshold. I'd never thought of as Hamburg as a bookish city, but my hotel was near the university and I could see the students in the half-light before sunset walking...

This Could Be Rotterdam

I have always associated trips to Rotterdam with gloomy industrial installations and lots and lots of oil tankers and barges. That association is not entirely wrong. Rotterdam was for man years the world's largest port, until recently when it got overtaken by...

New Delhi 1

A few yards to the north of the hotel I'm staying at, I found this intriguing microcosm of life in Delhi. The pink walls of the buildings reminded me of how deeply people value colour in India -- it is omnipresent, every experience is coloured by colour. This morning...

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