Skiing in Champagny en Vanoise

From Roche de Mio

A few years back I thought my skiing days were over when Graham announced halfway through a week in Ischgl that flying down mountains was not something he considered a particularly safe, let alone enjoyable, way to pass the time. But then family came to my rescue and gave me a chance to hit the slopes […]

King Ludwig’s Linderhof

Linderhof

King Ludwig II of Bavaria lived a strange life. Forced to surrender the independence of his kingdom to the all-consuming Prussia, reclusive and sexually confused, he sought consolation in the theatrical scores of Wagner and fantastical architectural projects. The palaces he built are among Bavaria’s most popular tourist attractions but for the king they sustained […]

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 […]

The memorials of Berlin

The Berlin holocaust memorial

From the top of the Panoramapunkt viewing platform at Potsdamer Platz, it’s easy to see the grey slabs of Berlin’s Holocaust memorial on Ebertstrasse far below. The memorial was something I’d put on my ‘to see’ list because it was still being built when we were last in the city back in January 2004. This was […]

Berlin: Palaces and Pride

Sanssouci

In 2004 we went on our first holiday together, to Berlin. It was January, blisteringly cold and snow fell periodically on the grey city. But I fell in love with it. We always said we’d return to see the German capital in summer and we finally got round to it in July 2016, when we found a […]

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 […]