Kelmscott Manor review: Arts and Crafts in the Cotswolds

We’ve been determined to discover places in the UK this year that will appeal to empty nesters. So, with lots of options on our doorstep in the Cotswolds, we have started local. Kelmscott Manor is best known as the much loved retreat of William Morris, the notable designer and craftsman, often referred to as the … More Kelmscott Manor review: Arts and Crafts in the Cotswolds

Review: Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh, UK

We visited the Royal Yacht Britannia, whilst in Edinburgh. Jane’s dad sailed on the ship a number of times and it was fascinating to see how he and the other members of the crew lived and worked. We can see why it’s been voted Scotland Visitor Attraction of the Year by VisitScotland. Have a look … More Review: Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh, UK

Review: Scotch Whisky Experience, Edinburgh, UK

We visited The Scotch Whisky Experience on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. Elements of the attraction have recently been revamped and we were really impressed. Fun, informative and friendly. Have a look at our video review: Further Information We experienced the Gold Tour, which included membership of the Scotch Whisky Appreciation Society and a tasting … More Review: Scotch Whisky Experience, Edinburgh, UK

Venice by Vaporetto: We meet the man who floats your boat

If you’ve been to Venice, or seen pictures of it, you’ll know it’s a city of little islands in a lagoon within the Adriatic Sea. Most people get around by boat, along a network of waterways leading off from the magnificent Grand Canal. While many are privately owned, sharing their routes with freight-carrying craft, the … More Venice by Vaporetto: We meet the man who floats your boat

Five reasons why Venice is my favourite city

Jane and I have just got back from a five night break, split between Verona, which was new to both of us, and Venice, which I have long contended is my favourite city in the world. Jane hadn’t been there before and I was a bit concerned that my overwhelming enthusiasm for the place was … More Five reasons why Venice is my favourite city

Corte Realdi Suites Venezia, Venice, Italy

Introduction: Time of year: March, 2017 Purpose of trip: We visited Venice as the second half of a two-city Italian spring break. Why we chose this place: We had stayed at the luxurious and historic Corte Realdi development in Verona and were given the opportunity to try out one of their self-catering apartments in Venice. How long … More Corte Realdi Suites Venezia, Venice, Italy

Review: Corte Realdi, Verona, Italy

Introduction: Time of year: March, 2017 Purpose of trip: We love Italy, had both wanted to visit Verona, and so decided to create a two-centre Italian city break for a few days. Why we chose this place: Corte Realdi is ideally located to stroll around the city centre and explore its pretty backstreets and squares. … More Review: Corte Realdi, Verona, Italy

What is romance?

Don’t worry. This is still a travel post. It’s just that you find us in Verona. And it’s been mentioned more than once that this is a romantic city. So it got me thinking about what makes a place romantic and, more broadly, what is this romance thing anyway? I freely admit to being a contrary … More What is romance?

Review: Eynsham Hall Hotel, Witney, UK

Introduction: Time of year:  March 2017 Purpose of trip:  We don’t need an excuse to visit the Cotswolds as we love the area, but this was one of a series of weekend visits to research a possible property purchase. Why we chose this place:  Eynsham Hall describes itself as “one of Oxfordshire’s great country houses” and … More Review: Eynsham Hall Hotel, Witney, UK