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Okay, it’s actually cold and wet and damp here in Cyprus as I write this on the last day of November 2018. But it’s about this time of year many people, in Britain at least, look to booking their summer holidays. According to official figures from the Cyprus government, the number of tourists arriving here […]

I’ve mentioned Kalamies Beach before, but never said much about the area because at first there only appears to be a beach here, but there are a few hidden gems. Kalamies is close to the town of Pernera which is part of greater Protaras. Some would argue the Pernera is separate from Protaras but I […]

It was in June, 1841, that a cabinet-maker, Thomas Cook, was walking from his home in the small English village of Market Harborough¬† Leicestershire, to attend a temperance meeting,¬†the popular Victorian social movement against the consumption of alcoholic beverages, in Leicester, some 15 miles away. It was during this walk that Cook had the idea […]

Ever eaten spaghetti bolognese out of a tin? Ever eaten spaghetti bolognese from a fast food chain? Ever made and eaten spaghetti bolognese yourself? You are forgiven for wondering what I’m getting at, but bear with me for a minute. I’ve eaten spaghetti bolognese from a tin, at fast food outlets and I’ve made it […]

The most spectacular part of my entire trip to Lake Como was a ride on The Bernina Express. But let’s be clear from the start, this is no express train, rather the opposite. Crossing the Alps on the Bernina Express is a very touristy thing and the train driver knows this, so is moving fairly […]

Our recent trip abroad entailed two distinctly different styles to achieve the same result, sightseeing. London was the first destination which we organised ourselves and the second destination was Lake Como, in Italy, which was organised through Riviera Travel in the UK. In London we did a sightseeing river cruise down the Thames, visited the […]

Travelling to spectacular locations is one thing, but trying to write posts for your blog while travelling is something else. In January of this year I visited Perth in Western Australia. Despite staying in a great apartment in Perth and a lovely lodge in Bussleton, a few hours drive south of Perth, writing was hard. […]