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

Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip

  I have been dreaming of driving the Pacific Coast Highway since I saw Doris Day in ‘Move Over, Darling’ (although I recently read that the footage was not of Monterey, but of the coast down near LA).  Then I read Jack Kerouac and Henry

Art and Tapas in Madrid

  Madrid was a birthday present to myself – giving myself holidays for my birthday is a bit of a tradition! I have wanted to visit Madrid for years, since I studied Art History at university, the Prado and others was on my ‘museum hit