Day Trip to Lille

A day trip to Lille is a lovely way of spending a weekend, yet it is not often considered when visitors think of possible day trips from London. The best way to explore this lovely Flemish city is to throw out the guidebook and maps, and just wander. For most European visitors, the Gare de Lille…

Waitomo Caves & Rotorua, New Zealand

Kia ora!  That’s hello in Maori, by the way. When I was in Auckland for three days I decided I wanted to see the glowworms at Waitomo Caves and the geysers and boiling mudpools at Te Whakarewarewa (go on, say it five times, quickly), but I was traveling alone,  didn’t want to drive due to…

Melaka/Malacca in 24 Hours

The air is thick with heat and humidity, and red lanterns sway overhead, casting a scarlet glow on the shouting vendors, honking cars and the steady, neverending stream of people everywhere. We are in the thick of the action, simultaneously side-stepping greasy puddles and politely beating off salespersons selling mobile phone trinkets while watching out…

Colonia de Sacramento, Uruguay

The Buquebus ferry terminal is all modern glass and steel, and with tickets pre-printed and in hand, all I have to do is check in. After that we are escorted through security and onto the ferry – a behemoth of a transport, complete with fairy lights and duty free shopping. It is the fast boat…

A Rose Red City: Petra, Jordan

Petra, that fabled land immortalised in Burgon’s poem, was not included in the plan when I first got to Egypt, but given the chance for a daytrip there to see that ancient wonder, I felt like I couldn’t pass it up. So at the devillish hour of 4am, we piled into a mini bus that…

Rendez-vous à Paris (See you in Paris)

Over cupcakes at Hummingbird at Notting Hill, Debs and I hatched a dastardly plan. We would, we decided, skip over the Channel for a cheeky lunch in the City of Light. Perhaps go shopping. Perhaps eat pastries. Be back by dinner time, with no one the wiser. The world was ours, or Paris, at least,…

Daytrip to Bath, UK: Roman Spas & Regency Rambles

Daytrip to Bath Skies are blue and the English countryside ripples by. We have bagels, the crumbs flowering my magazine. It’s midmorning when we get into the gorgeous little town of Bath, in Somerset. It’s difficult to remember that London is a place apart – that England is not London and that the city, in…