Eating our way round Thailand

  Its been about 20 years since my last visit to Thailand and although I have a rule about not revisiting old ground, there is something about Thailand that makes me return.  The people are so genuinely lovely. They don’t call it the ‘land of smiles’ for nothing.  Certainly the people we encountered, were hospitable,Continue reading “Eating our way round Thailand”

Blisters in Berlin

I love a city, any city.  The sounds, the sights and the smell.  Pounding pavements and meandering through streets and alleys, but Berlin is massive and it soon became apparent this could not be conquered by foot.  When I say massive, its the sheer scale of everything, from the size of the buildings to theContinue reading “Blisters in Berlin”

Côte d’Azur – Monaco and Eze

A day trip galavanting along the French Riviera towards Monaco. Looking out across the glittering Mediterranean twenty kilometres east of Nice is the municipality of Monaco. The second smallest independent state after the Vatican but no less ostentatious.  An area favoured by the world’s glitterati.   First a stop to Fragonard a perfume and soap factory. SinceContinue reading “Côte d’Azur – Monaco and Eze”

Cote d’Azur – Cannes

Day in Cannes by train for a change of scene. Its only about 5 euros and takes about 40 minutes relaxing at the views of the coast.  Not much planned except have a wander and take in the vibe The splendid La Croisette promenade.  The perfect platform for watching the world.  walk from end ofContinue reading “Cote d’Azur – Cannes”

Turquoise Jewels of the Côte d’Azur – Nice

A few days sampling the delights of the Côte d’Azur. First stop Nice. I love a wander around a market and Nice has plenty on offer Marché Aux Fleurs (flowers, food and antiques) Puces de Nice (antiques) Place Saint-François (fish) Place Garibaldi (antiques) Place du Palais de Justice (second-hand books and antiques/arts and crafts) Quai deContinue reading “Turquoise Jewels of the Côte d’Azur – Nice”

Magical Dunnottar Castle

I’m not going to lie, there are a few castles kicking about up here, but this one is quite special.  A perfect day for a wander from Stonehaven Harbour up the coastal path to the castle and back.  Take a detour to Black Hill war memorial on route and enjoy the views. Its about 4Continue reading “Magical Dunnottar Castle”

Amsterdam like a local

I have a rule about not going back to a place once I have visited.  Amsterdam is the only exception.  I get twitchy if I don’t get a yearly visit in.  it helps that my best friends live there so there is always an excuse to pop over.  Aberdeen will always be home but AmsterdamContinue reading “Amsterdam like a local”