Whitstable: Food, beer and sunshine

The sun sets at Whitstable

Our day out in Whitstable was accompanied by wall-to-wall sunshine and scorching temperatures. If only all our visits to the English seaside were in such glorious weather… On the north Kent coast and long popular with the bucket and spade brigade, Whitstable’s also become a trendy destination for Londoners seeking fine food. The town’s famous […]

To the bottom of Italy’s heel

One of the sandier beaches of Santa Maria di Leuca

We drove down to Santa Maria di Leuca, the town at the southern tip of Puglia and Italy, at the bottom of the heel that goes by the name of the Salento peninsula. It was a peninsula of solar farms, polytunnels, olive groves and vineyards, orchards and fields of vegetables, derelict farm buildings and scattered […]

Tenerife: A week in Puerto de la Cruz

Teide cloaked in snow, from our hotel

We’re no strangers to the Canaries. They’re the default, value-for-money option when it comes to escaping the drab, damp days of winter in London. We’d plumped this time for Tenerife rather than Gran Canaria, and the northern resort town of Puerto de la Cruz. It was my first time on the island, Graham’s second. The […]

Croatia: By the Adriatic at Lapad   

Looking down the bay towards Lapad Beach

Croatia has a memorable coastline. It’s jagged, scarred and never dull. Hundreds of islands of all shapes and sizes, covered in greenery, lie amid the sapphire blue of the Adriatic sea, some inhabited, some deserted. From thousands of feet up in our Monarch aircraft, I watched these islands pass by. The sea looked as flat as […]