Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre
Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre Not far from us is the Chiltern Village of Great Missenden where the famous author Roald Dahl lived until his death in 1990. The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre is in the High Street of this picturesque village set in the Missbourne Valley. This great little Museum has […]
London’s Transport Museum
It is always good when you meet an old friend again and after a two year closure for refurbishment my favourite museum, London’s Transport Museum housed in the listed Floral Hall in London’s lively Covent Garden, has reawakened from its long slumber looking even more attractive than ever. The first section of the London Underground […]
St. Pancras Reborn.
St. Pancras Chambers Barlow’s Train Shed When St. Pancras train station opened in 1868 there was no finer railway terminus anywhere in the world. The view down Pentonville Road towards the great gothic facade of the Midland Hotel at St. Pancras was one of the archetypal views of London. Outside it spoke of the confidence […]
Marrakech the Red City – On a Budget.
The city of Marrakech is one of those places on earth which lives up to the hype. It is an amazing medieval city contained within 12 kms of walls or “ramparts” surrounded by a Francophile “Ville Nouvelle”, surrounded by palm groves and overlooked by the High Atlas and with an amazing culture and vitality. Traditionally […]
Trip to Turin was lovely (1p each way, inclusive!) , weather divine, met some nice people and Lingotto Art + Tech hotel was really luverly and good value on the “Weekend in Turin” deal on www.turismotorino.org Best night was surprisingly, having got back late, when we went into the adjoining shopping centre (using the private […]
A Day in London.
London Eye “No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” Since Dr Samuel Johnson uttered these words to James Boswell in 1777 opinions have differed on whether being tired of London is just that for obviously there is plenty […]
The Taxi Driver of Nisyros
Nisyros Nisyros Caldera South of Kos and facing Kardamena is the island of Nisyros, a brooding and from a distance a mysterious presence in the sea in the Dodecanese islands, between Kos and Tilos. It is basically a volcanic caldera 8 miles in diameter about 8 miles seawards south of Kos. It is a quiet […]
Ryanair – The European Airline?
Once again here is Ryanair, the main beneficiary of European de-regulation, pretending that European law does not exist and, in effect, sub-contracting its non compliance to “Service Agents” at small airports who have no training, no briefing and frequently no method of communicating with Ryanair. Whatever about the Stanstead connection, the delay at Aarhus clearly […]
The Team recently returned from Riga, the capital of Latvia, the Baltic Republic which regained its independence in 1991 and has grabbed its freedom with both hands – a fact emphasised by the extensive coverage of the N.A.T.O. summit meeting in Riga. Latvia provides very interesting and fast changing scene since 1991 with enormous change […]
Lübeck, Queen of the Hansa.
Xmas Market Few people outside of Germany appreciate the importance of Lübeck in history but in the 13/14th Centuries this was probably Europe’s wealthiest and most important city at the centre of a vast trading empire of Hanseatic cities and 70 other associated towns controlling the trade in Baltic Herring, Salt, Amber, Timber, Furs, Wool, […]