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September 1, 2014

Jazz. Puglia. You have firmly entered my imagination now.

The bustling food markets of Naples , the fragrant lemon gardens of Sorrento and the ancient cave homes of Matera- these are all places that are a figment of my imagination. I have never been south of Rome in Italy until now. I received an invitation last month to head far south of Rome. To [...]

August 18, 2014

The miracle of flying

    Disclaimer: This post comes to you, courtesy of Vueling Airlines, who cancelled my flight not once but twice.   This is a story about me being stuck in Bari Airport for 12 hours. A story about misery: the special misery of a journey that just never ends. It’s also a story about a [...]

June 13, 2014

Tomorrow, my blogging life comes full circle

Tomorrow, my blogging life comes full circle. I’ll be going back to Lake District and the YHA Ambleside after a gap of 5 years. My Lake District trip was the first ever professional assignment I undertook in my fledging blogging career. I had been blogging for 6 months. It was my first blog and it [...]

April 30, 2014

Why visiting South Africa might be my craziest trip yet

I’ll be the first person to admit that I am not the world’s most adventurous traveller.     I am more a urban creature, city dweller. My comfort zone is the coffee shop. With great free wifi of course and good coffee too. I love my street food. I’ll spend hours on a mission to [...]

April 6, 2014

I love travelling everyday of the week except Sunday

I love travelling everyday of the week except Sunday. I am not following that rule today.  I am back on the ‘road.’ I’ve escaped through a hidden portal in time and find myself back in the city I lived in for almost 9 years.  Yet, having been away from Edinburgh for so long, I feel like [...]

January 31, 2014

Paris, in 40 photos & 20 songs

Here are 40 pictures I took from my latest jaunt to Paris. Pictures are taken with my humble iPhone 4s. To accompany the pictures I’ve also created a Spotify playlist of 20 songs that have inspired my past and present trips to Paris. Press play. Sit back and enjoy this little November ride through the streets [...]

January 19, 2014

Travelling with the forgetful man

I have a confession to make to you, dear readers of my blog. I am a forgetful man.   I always remember a face. However, I always forget stuff when travelling. Pens. Mobile phones. Jackets. Cameras. Umbrellas. Magazines. Debit cards. Medicine. I guess I never took it seriously till know. It’s reached the point where it’s become more than [...]

December 16, 2013

Discovering Delft through the eyes of Vermeer

  We visited Delft on a windswept, moody day in Autumn. Shades of grey and of sparkling blue sunshine. Without the crowds of Amsterdam, it felt strange but also wonderful. We snailed our way to our hotel from the train station, enjoying every step of the journey. We wondered through the lonely squares. Paused and admired the [...]

October 16, 2013

In praise of the museum cafe

    Last weekend. It was cold, raining and we were lost in the confusing maze of canals of Amsterdam.   The rain was no longer vertical. It was lashing into our faces from a horizontal angle on the back of furious gusts of moisture laden air. Unlike the beautiful Autumnal day before, the canals [...]

June 24, 2013

Volcano-hopping in Iceland: Win this trip!

By Frankie Bird The more I travel, the more I start to think that places have more stories than people. One of the places that all but convinced me of this was the Westman Islands, a cluster of wild, rocky islands off the southern coast of Iceland. Here I was lucky enough to see – [...]

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