Paris 1.01 – A guide to my favourite city in the world

  Since moving to the UK in 2003 I have visited Paris too many times to count – falling in love with it a little more each time. Below is my Paris 1.01 – A guide to my favourite city in the world – this

The Absinthe Festival in Switzerland

  Every year in June (for the last 6 years), I have visited the Val-de-Travers for the Fête de l’Absinthe – The Absinthe Festival in Switzerland.  This seems a long way to go for such a specialist subject, but the Val-de-Travers is the birthplace of

A sombre visit to Oradour sur Glane

  The town of Oradour sur Glane in France was the scene of one of World War II’s most senseless atrocities.  Oradour was ransacked by a German Waffen-SS company in June of 1944 – they killed all 642 of the town’s inhabitants.  Rather than rebuild

Things to do in Saint Malo France

  I have visited Saint Malo twice now – once in 2007, and again in 2017. Back in 2007, a group of us decided to head to this fortified town on the Brittany coast via the overnight ferry from Portsmouth. The huge benefit of living

My Summer in Naples, Italy

  In 1999, I was in Paris, hanging out at a hostel with my friends (and generally finding my traveller feet), when I got an offer to nanny for a family my dad knew in Naples.  I couldn’t afford to get there, so my dad